US Olympic D Komisarek to miss rest of season

U.S. Olympic defenseman Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple

Leafs will have shoulder surgery that will knock him out of the

Vancouver Games and the rest of the NHL season.

A date for the operation has not yet been set, the Maple Leafs

said Wednesday.

“Our team doctors have recommended this after a determined

effort to rehab the injury without surgery,” Komisarek said in a

statement. “Having this done immediately is the right thing to do

for the Leafs. I am truly sorry that I will not be able to

represent my country at the Olympics.”

It is the latest blow to the U.S. team that already lost New

Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin to a broken left forearm. Both

players can be replaced before the games begin later this

month.

Potential Olympic replacements for Martin and Komisarek include

Atlanta’s Ron Hainsey, Los Angeles’ Rob Scuderi, Ryan Whitney of

the Anaheim Ducks, and Carolina’s Tim Gleason. Final rosters are

due on Feb. 15, one day before the United States opens play with a

game against Switzerland.

The 28-year-old Komisarek, a Long Island native, was chosen for

the Olympic team on Jan. 1 and was injured one day later at

Calgary. Signed by the Maple Leafs as an unrestricted free agent

last summer, Komisarek had four assists in 34 games this

season.