The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that captain Joe Sakic will be sidelined at least six weeks while receiving treatment for a herniated disc in his back.
This latest injury was sustained during his first shift of the November 28 game at Phoenix and he did not return.
“He’ll continue to be monitored by our medical staff who will prescribe a treatment regimen that will hopefully allow Joe to be back playing as quickly as possible,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our team physicians are confident that this course of action is the best for Joe at this point in time.”
“I’m comfortable with the plan going forward and will work as hard as I always have in order to return to the lineup,” said Sakic.
Sakic originally strained his back in a weight room session that caused him to miss the November 6 game against Minnesota. He returned on November 8 versus Nashville before being sidelined for the next five games. An infected tooth caused him to miss the November 24 game at Anaheim before he returned to the lineup on November 26 against St. Louis.