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Back surgery will sideline Avs' Brisebois for season

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrice Brisebois
will have surgery for a back injury, which will sideline him the
rest of the regular season, the team said Sunday.

Brisebois will have surgery on a herniated disc, said Matthew
Sokolowski, the team's head trainer.

He hasn't played since Dec. 27 when he injured his back in
Colorado's 5-4 loss to Dallas.

Brisebois had one goal and 11 assists in 33 games this season.
This is his second season with the Avalanche, who acquired him from the
Montreal Canadiens.