Tampa Bay centre Jeff Halpern suffered a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Team USA’s loss to Canada on Tuesday at the world hockey championships, Lightning executive vice-president and general manager Jay Feaster announced yesterday.

The captain of the USA squad, Halpern was hurt in the third period of the 5-4 loss and is done for the remainder of the event.

Halpern will undergo surgery in the next four-to-six weeks and his recovery time is expected to be five-to-six months.

>> The U.S. has also lost goalie Tim Thomas to a groin problem … Team USA added Colorado Avalanche blue-liner Jordan Leopold and New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky.

>> Team Germany defenceman Jason Holland is ineligible to continue playing in the championships and has been sent home. He has only played in Germany for three seasons and needed to play four to be eligible.

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