Bina Will Miss Season
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
GRAND FORKS, N.D. North Dakota defenseman Robbie Bina will miss the entire season, and take a medical redshirt while still recovering from the broken neck he suffered at the WCHA Final Five last spring.
Recently, Bina, 22, told the Grand Forks Herald, "I'm feeling good, with no neck pain at all. I'm a little nervous about my meeting Monday, but I think I'll have a pretty good outcome."
But North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said Tuesday that Bina still was not cleared to play in games and will miss the entire season, then be re-evaluated in 6-7 months.
"He's been cleared to skate, cleared to work out," said Hakstol. "However he is not to be involved in any type of contact, or any potential situations of contact."
Bina still has two remaining years of eligibility.
North Dakota will have a young group, with the graduation of three defenseman, and Matt Greene's early departure for the pros.
Bina suffered a broken vertebra in his neck on a check from behind by Denver's Geoff Paukovich. Bina lay motionless for four minutes before being taken to the hospital. He had surgery to fuse the shattered vertebrea.