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Sharks goaltender not risking repaired knee

Updated: August 30, 2004, 7:12 PM ET
Reuters

NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has withdrawn from Russia's World Cup of Hockey team after knee surgery in July.

"My knee just isn't 100 percent yet," said Nabokov in a statement issued by the Sharks on Monday. "I wish I could be on the ice to help my teammates but I don't want to risk getting hurt."

Nabokov had not been expected as early as June to make the tournament because of the surgery, performed in mid-July, to remove loose cartilage from his knee.

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