Avs' Liles will replace Gill

Updated: August 27, 2004, 10:51 AM ET
Associated Press

OTTAWA -- Hal Gill of the U.S. team will miss the rest of the World Cup of Hockey because of a broken left foot suffered in Monday's exhibition game.

Gill, of the Boston Bruins, was injured during the 3-1 win against Canada in Columbus, Ohio. John-Michael Liles of the Colorado Avalanche will take Gill's spot. Liles led NHL rookie defensemen in goals (10) and assists (24).

Gill joins three other key defensemen lost by the defending champion U.S. team. Detroit Red Wings star Derian Hatcher, his teammate Mathieu Schneider and Jordon Leopold, a key part of Calgary's Stanley Cup run this spring, are also injured.

On Wednesday, Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils was added to replace Leopold.

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