Snowblower accident sidelines Sakic for 3 months
Already sidelined with a back injury, Colorado Avalanche Joe Sakic had surgery to repair three broken fingers and tendon damage as a result of a snowblower accident at his home, the NHL team announced Wednesday.
Sakic had the surgery Tuesday night and is expected to miss about three months of hockey action.
"Joe's surgery was performed by a hand specialist," said Avalanche team doctor Andy Parker. "The procedure went well and he's expected to make a full recovery."
Sakic continues to be treated for a herniated disc that was to originally keep him out of the lineup until mid-January.
"We heard [Tuesday] night that Joe had the accident at home," Avalanche head coach Tony Granato told the team's website. "The first thing you worry about is if he's all right. Fortunately, the surgery went extremely well.
"He came out of it pretty good and should be able to heal, so that's the positive thing about it."
The 39-year-old captain first strained his back in a weight-room session that caused him to miss a Nov. 6 game against Minnesota. He returned Nov. 8 versus Nashville and sat out the following five NHL contests.
He reinjured his back during the first shift in a 2-1 loss at Phoenix on Nov. 28, and the team announced he would miss a minimum of six weeks.
In August, Sakic put off retirement to sign a one-year deal worth $6 million US in hopes of winning a third Stanley Cup title with the Avalanche.
But the 13-time all-star struggled to find his scoring touch, scoring only two goals and 12 points in 15 games.
Sakic, from Burnaby, B.C., was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1987 and has spent his entire career with the organization.
He has scored 625 goals and 1,016 assists in 1,378 career regular-season games.