Olympic veteran Simon Gagné was forced out of practice due to an injury. ((Larry McDougal/Canadian Press))

Forward Simon Gagné of the Philadelphia Flyers was not on the ice Tuesday as Canada's men's 2010 Olympic hopefuls reconvened at the Saddledome in Calgary.

The 29-year-old Gagné sustained what he believes is a mild injury Monday night at practice.

"I had been skating back home for about two weeks but not at that high level," Gagné told the Flyers' website. "I kind of felt that it was getting a little bit tight on me, close to the hip and groin."

Gagné, who had surgery on his right hip in late May, is heading back to Philadelphia to meet with doctors Wednesday.

The left winger rebounded from an injury-plagued 2007-08 to post 34 goals and 40 assists for Philadelphia last season.

Gagné has represented Canada in the past two Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and at a world championship the following year.

He has scored two goals and added five assists in 12 Olympic games.

Team director Steve Yzerman was a teammate with Gagné on the squad that won gold in 2002.

Gagné told the team's website he was disappointed but it's more important to be healthy for his NHL club when the season begins in early October.

While Gagné would have a tough time cracking the squad for the Games in Vancouver, the Ste-Foy, Que., native has overcome not participating in orientation in the past.

Gagné made the 2002 team despite missing camp months earlier due to a shoulder injury, which paved the way for Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames to attend and ultimately make the cut.