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September 20, 2012 E-MAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share

Minnesota Freshman Reilly Will Miss Season

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota freshman forward Connor Reilly will miss the 2012-13 season with a knee injury, the school announced today. Reilly suffered the injury after he slipped and fell awkwardly over the weekend.

Reilly, 20, is scheduled to undergo surgery in the near future, although a date has yet to be determined.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that Reilly was hurt during an incident at a team party. The news comes less than a week after four North Dakota players were suspended for their participation in a preseason party.

“I’m disappointed for Connor. He’s been working very hard to get back on the ice this year from his previous surgery, and this is an unfortunate setback for him. I’m confident that he’ll continue to work hard through this process and support the team in any way he can this season,” said Gophers head coach Don Lucia. “We have a great medical staff here at the University of Minnesota, and I know they will make sure Connor’s surgery and ensuing rehabilitation go well.”

Reilly, a native of Chanhassen, Minn., helped the BCHL's Penticton Vees set a North American junior hockey record with a 42-game win streak en route to RBC Cup and Doyle Cup championships in 2011-12. Reilly finished seventh in the BCHL in scoring last season with 86 regular-season points, but his season was cut short after surgery to correct a knee condition. He had two screws inserted during the surgery.

Reilly's twin brother Ryan and younger brother Mike are also incoming freshmen for the Gophers. And the siblings' father, Mike, played college hockey for Colorado College and Minnesota, and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977.

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