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Minnesota State Senior Forward Zach Lehrke Steps Aside from Hockey

Minnesota State hockey coach Mike Hastings will be without one of his top returning forwards from last year's team.

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Mankato, Minn - Minnesota State University senior forward Zach Lehrke has been forced to retire from the game of hockey due to a medical condition. The Park Rapids, Minn. native was the team's fourth leading scorer on last year's team with eight goals and 17 assists in 41 games, and was a key member of Minnesota State's power play.

On Monday evening, Lehrke told Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press that his decision to retire came as a result of a medical condition that causes severe cramping throughout his body after intense workouts.

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