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Hockey East Preseason: Injury Bug Already Impacting Three Teams

Preseason injuries can sometimes derail a team or player's season before it even begins.

Jeff Cox

The injury bug has already hit several Hockey East teams before the season even begins, including one goaltender who will miss the entire season.

Maine sophomore goaltender Matt Morris will take a medical redshirt this season after suffering a knee injury. The Ridgewood, NJ native has been on crutches for several weeks, but the injury isn't expected to be career threatening. As reported last week, Matt Strickrott will be joining the team as an emergency backup to fill the void of Morris and provide goaltending depth in practice. Fortunately for the Black Bears Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Martin Ouellette had a breakout season last year and is primed for a solid senior season.

Providence College sophomore forward Kevin Rooney has a right arm injury, but should be fully healed in time for the season to begin.

Vermont junior forward Jake Fallon is in a walking boot after suffering a left foot injury earlier this month. The Southlake, Tex. native is not expected to be out long, and the boot is more of a precautionary device.

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.