TORONTO — Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik is leaving the World Cup of Hockey and will be out for eight weeks because of a foot injury.
Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan says Gaborik was injured during Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the tournament semifinals.
The Europeans will miss the high-scoring Slovakian winger on Tuesday night in Game 1 of a best-of-three series against Canada.
“He’s a game-changer,” Team Europe forward Frans Nielsen said Monday.
Gaborik scored his second goal in four World Cup games against the Swedes, helping Team Europe advance to the finals.
He had 12 goals and 10 assists last season for the Kings, playing just 54 games in the regular season because of a knee injury. He was out of the lineup for two months before returning for the playoffs. He has 386 goals and 773 points in his career.
The 34-year-old Gaborik has struggled with major injuries repeatedly in his NHL career, which began during the 2000-01 season with the Minnesota Wild. He is entering the third season of a seven-year, $34.125 million contract. The Kings gave him the deal after the late-season acquisition helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2014.