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Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Canucks defenseman hurts knee vs. U.S.

Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Canadian defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the rest of the World Cup of Hockey with a cracked rib and sprained right knee.

Jovanovski was injured in Canada's 2-1 win over the United States on Tuesday. An MRI exam revealed the sprained knee on Wednesday.

The Vancouver Canucks defenseman was injured in the first period when he tumbled into the U.S. net and American defenseman Eric Weinrich fell on top of him.

"It's devastating," Jovanovski said, declining further comment.

The loss is a big blow to Canada's already thin defense, which lost Chris Pronger and Rob Blake before the tournament began.

Scott Hannan of the San Jose Sharks replaced Jovanovski for Wednesday night's game against Slovakia.

"I'm not a guy who gets nervous, but I'm excited and pumped up to play," Hannan said.