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Minnesota's Kangas to Have Season-Ending Surgery

CHN Staff Report

Minnesota senior goaltender Alex Kangas will miss the remainder of the season with a labral tear in his hip. The assistant captain will undergo surgery on Friday morning and faces four months of rehabilitation after the procedure.

“Being a senior, you do not want to go out like this,” said Kangas. “Obviously, things did not go well for me on the ice or off the ice either. It has been a tough year, but you have to battle through it. Life kind of goes this way sometimes.”

The 23-year-old has played 108 career games for the Gophers (third most in school history) en route to a 47-41-16 record. His .912 career save percentage is a school record (three others tied for second with a .906 save percentage) and his 2.56 goals-against average is fourth-best all-time.

Kangas has 2,802 career saves to join Adam Houser (3,777 saves) and Kellen Briggs (2,968 saves) as the only Minnesota goaltenders to post more than 2,800 career saves. He has played 6,359 career minutes to rank third in program history behind Hauser (8,833 minutes) and Briggs (7,504 minutes).

He set single-season records during his freshman year (2007-08) with a .930 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average in 31 games. He is the only goaltender in Minnesota history to finish a season with a goals-against average below 2.00.

“It is hard,” said coach Don Lucia. “It is an issue that a lot of goaltenders seem to have. The best thing is for him to have surgery. I am disappointed for our team, but mostly disappointed for Alex. You hate to have this happen during your senior year.”

Kangas has a 2-5-0 record in eight games this year. His last win was a 3-1 home victory against Michigan on Nov. 28.

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