Islanders’ Tavares Out for NHL Season After Olympic Knee Injury

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John Tavares lies on the ice after falling during Canada’s 2-1 quarterfinals victory over Latvia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Feb. 19, 2014. Close

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John Tavares lies on the ice after falling during Canada’s 2-1 quarterfinals victory over Latvia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Feb. 19, 2014.

New York Islanders captain John Tavares will miss the rest of the National Hockey League season after tearing a knee ligament at the Olympics.

Tavares, 23, tore the medial collateral ligament and meniscus in his left knee during Canada’s 2-1 quarterfinals victory over Latvia yesterday in Sochi, Russia.

The No. 1 selection in the 2009 NHL draft, Tavares has scored 24 goals with 42 assists in 59 games for the Islanders in his fifth NHL season. His 66 points are third-most in the league, trailing countrymen Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf.

The injury may reignite the debate over NHL players taking part in the Winter Olympics, a decision that takes into account travel, scheduling conflicts and player insurance. League commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that a decision on the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, could be made within the next six months.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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