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Kasdorf Headed Toward Season-Ending Surgery

CHN Staff Report

Rensselaer sophomore goalie Jason Kasdorf, who injured his shoulder during practice last month, is expected to undergo season-ending surgery after re-injuring it this week.

Kasdorf, a sixth-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 NHL Draft, was considered an instrumental piece to RPI's high hopes coming into this season, coming off a stellar freshman year in which he won ECAC Rookie of the Year honors. But he only played two games before injuring dislocating his shoulder, a recurrence of a problem he's faced in the past.

"The dislocation is one concern considering that it's come out twice with no contact in real minimal situations," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "But the broken bone and the bone fragments in the shoulder are probably as or more problematic to a rehab situation."

With Scott Diebold the No. 1 netminder now, RPI has continued do well, and is 5-2-1.

Kasdorf originally hoped to rehab the shoulder and avoid surgery. But he suffered a setback when he returned to practice this week,

"You have the concern of messing up two seasons," Appert said. "If he plays at 75 or 80 percent, it's going to come out again. That's basically what every doctor we've talked to who's seen the shoulder says. Then he doesn't have surgery until the end of the year, he loses his summer of training and he comes in next year not as confident."

Appert said Kasdorf could take a medical redshirt, which he is eligible for under NCAA rules. That allows him to save a year of college eligibility, should he want to stay four years.

"Winnipeg's been great in terms of their open communication with their doctors, trainers and front office staff," Appert said. "It's a decision that affects our program but also for his life, and he wants to play in their organization, obviously."

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