Shoulder injury shelves Edmonton's Horcoff for rest of season

Updated: February 5, 2008, 12:28 PM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Shawn Horcoff


The 29-year-old forward, who leads the team with 50 points in 53 games this season, aggravated the injury when fell awkwardly at the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta on Jan. 27.

"I tweaked it three times before that already this season," Horcoff said. "Each time you do it, it gets worse.

"That's the thing that scared me the most. It was just a harmless play. I got clipped from behind a little bit and I just went to catch myself on the ice. It [shoulder] sublexed. It popped in and out."

Horcoff had an MRI after returning to Edmonton. He played in the Oilers' first game after the All-Star break, a 3-0 loss to San Jose on Jan. 29, before sitting out a loss to Dallas on Friday. Horcoff will have surgery this week.

"It's obviously disappointing," Horcoff said. "The MRI doesn't lie. It shows there is a tear there.

"It's inevitable I was going to need surgery. It was just a matter of when. It's got to the point now where I just can't compete."

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