John Morris will miss the rest of the curling season to undergo hernia repair surgery.
Morris confirmed the surgery in a statement Wednesday. The 37-year-old from Canmore, Alta., served as vice-skip on Team Canada at this year's Canadian men's curling championship.
"I've been playing through some significant pain this season, and the timing is right to deal with these issues," said Morris, who curled a career-high 90 per cent at the Tim Hortons Brier.
Morris said he will also be undergoing treatment for associated hip pain.
"By taking the time now to focus on my physical health and use the extended off-season to recover, I expect to return to the ice stronger and better than I've ever been in the fall," he said.
Morris has been on three Brier champions and was part of Kevin Martin's team that won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.