Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny had surgery to remove his appendix today and will miss up to three weeks, including his first All-Star game on January 27th.
The Avalanche say Stastny felt pain in his abdomen today, and the team medical staff determined he needed the appendectomy.
Stastny is expected to fully recover in two to three weeks.
Stastny is the team's leading scorer. He would have been the seventh N-H-L player to follow his father into an All-Star game.
Stastny has never before missed an N-H-L game. He appeared in all 82 games during his rookie season last year and in 46 this season.
He has 17 goals and 32 assists.