Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hejduk out of action for 4-5 weeks

The Avalanche will be without their most lethal weapon for the start
of the season after Milan Hejduk had knee surgery.

DENVER (CP) -- Colorado Avalanche sniper Milan Hejduk is expected to
be out four to five weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

The 29-year-old winger left Friday's intrasquad game because of a sore
knee and had not skated since.

"It's early in the pre-season and it was the ideal time for Milan to
get this taken care of," Avalanche head coach Joel Quenneville said
Tuesday in a statement. "He'll be fully recovered in a few weeks and
ready to embark on a long regular season."

Hejduk was Colorado's leading goalscorer two seasons in a row, leading
the NHL with 50 goals in 2002-03 en route to winning the Rocket
Richard Trophy. He scored 35 goals in 2003-04.

Last season, Hejduk played for Pardubice in the Czech Republic,
registering 25 goals in 48 games.

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