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NHL free-agent defenceman Cory Sarich injured in cycling accident; extent of injuries unclear

Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin, left, of Russia, pursues the puck with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cory Sarich in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Sarich is recovering in a Calgary hospital after a cycling accident this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/David Zalubowski

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Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin, left, of Russia, pursues the puck with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cory Sarich in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Sarich is recovering in a Calgary hospital after a cycling accident this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/David Zalubowski

DENVER - Free-agent NHL defenceman Cory Sarich is recovering in a Calgary hospital after a cycling accident this week.

His agent, Tim Hodgson, released a statement Wednesday saying that Sarich was airlifted to the hospital after being hit by a motor vehicle in Invermere, British Columbia. The release said the extent of Sarich's injuries isn't known, but were not considered life-threatening. He remains in stable condition.

The 35-year-old Sarich said it's been "a rough couple of days and I'm grateful for the support I've been receiving." There's no timeline for his recovery.

Sarich has spent a majority of his 15-year NHL career with the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. He suited up last season for Colorado, helping the Avalanche make the post-season for the first time since 2010.

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