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Minnesota’s Ryan Lindgren Out for Season

Daniel Mick

Minnesota freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren crashed hard into the boards on Saturday night in Minnesota’s regular season-ending tie against Michigan State.

The video of the play did not look good at all, and Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was not optimistic after the game.

Today, the University of Minnesota confirmed that Lindgren will undergo surgery later this week to repair the injury, and will miss the remainder of the season.

The good news is that Lindgren is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, and will hopefully have no ill effects on his very bright future. But in the short-term, it’s a tough loss for the Gophers to lose a top-six defenseman heading into the most critical part of their season.

Lindgren has appeared in 32 games for Minnesota this year scoring a goal and six assists while providing solid defensive play and was Minnesota’s biggest physical presence on the back line. Lindgren was also a member of the gold medal-winning US World Junior team.

In the school’s press release, Lucia said:

“Ryan was having a really great year for us as a freshman, and you hate to see such a promising season end this way. It’s tough to lose him for the postseason, but we have a great medical team here at the University of Minnesota, and we know we’ll have him back soon.”