John Tavares Out for Season with Torn MCL


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Streeter Lecka/ Getty Images Sport (SOCHI, Russia) —  New York Islanders forward John Tavares suffered an injury in his left knee during Canada’s quarterfinal win over Latvia at the Sochi Olympics, and will miss the remainder of the NHL season, the team announced Thursday.

Tavares was hit into the boards by Latvia’s Arturs Kulda during Canada’s 2-1 win and had to leave the game.

“John Tavares has an MCL and meniscus tear in his left knee,” team spokesman Kimber Auerbach wrote in an email Thursday. “He will remain with Team Canada for the remainder of Olympics and return home after for further evaluation.”

The 23-year-old Tavares was enjoying the best season of his young NHL career, scoring 66 points in 59 games for the Islanders.

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