October 13, 2008 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Michigan Captain Suffers Knee Injury

CHN Staff Report

Michigan defenseman and senior captain Mark Mitera will miss an extended period of time for the Wolverines and may require surgery after suffering a serious knee injury less than 20 minutes into the season on Friday night.

With less than 40 seconds remaining in the first period of Michigan's season opener against St. Lawrence, Mitera collided with Saints junior forward Augie DiMarzo and was unable to leave the ice under his own power.

On Saturday night, Berenson confirmed that the injury is serious and that Mitera will make a decision within the next two weeks on whether he will rehab the knee or undergo potentially season-ending surgery.

Mitera is a first-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks and was first among Michigan defensemen last season in scoring and plus-minus, helping lead the Wolverines to the Frozen Four.

Michigan opens its CCHA regular season schedule this weekend with a pair of games at Northern Michigan.

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