MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges says he had no choice but to opt for season-ending surgery on his knee.
Gorges said Friday the knee finally locked up during the Dec. 26 game against the New York Islanders after several weeks of complications.
He originally tore it in his final season with the Kelowna Rockets but says he hoped to postpone the inevitable surgery until his retirement.
Gorges says doctors finally told him the surgery was in his best interests.
The Canadiens' depleted defence corps has already lost star defenceman Andrei Markov to a knee injury that will keep him out of action for a year.
Gorges has missed the last several games, beginning on Dec. 28 against Washington.
The 26-year-old defenceman had one goal and six assists in 36 games this season.