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John Tavares injury: Islanders lose captain for remainder of season

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Islanders captain John Tavares will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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After he left Wednesday's quarterfinal game against Latvia after an awkward collision, Newsday reportr Canadian forward John Tavares would miss the rest of the Olympics. It was a big blow for Team Canada, but the news for the New York Islanders captain has only gotten worse.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, an MRI has revealed that Tavares has suffered a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL), and torn meniscus, and may need surgery to repair his knee. He will miss the rest of the NHL season, which is crippling for the Islanders.

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It's hard to believe Tavares suffered such a severe injury on such a seemingly innocuous hit, the kind that happens every game, but that's hockey.

The ramifications of the injury to Tavares could reach further than the Islanders though. This kind of severe injury to a star player is a prime example of the risks involved with the NHL going to the Olympics, and you can be sure that those who are against the NHL going to the Olympics in 2018 will seize on this as a reason to drop out of them.

Coming into the Olympics John Tavares was third in the NHL in scoring with 66 points in 59 games, and was also tied for sixth overall among forwards in ice time per game, showing his extreme value to the Islanders.