Friday, January 14, 2011

Gopher Hockey Injury Update: Alex Kangas Undergoes Hip Surgery; Out for the Season

The Gophers learned of another tough loss this week, as senior netminder Alex Kangas underwent hip surgery for a torn labrum today and will miss the remainder of the season.

Although Kangas had been having a tough year this season, he will leave the Maroon and Gold as the career Save Percentage leader at .912%. Kangas will be most remembered for his stellar freshman season, when he took the goaltending reins from Jeff Frazee mid-season and led the team to their most recent NCAA birth. Perhaps the biggest games of that season were the Gophers' first round WCHA playoff series in Mankato against the Mavericks. The three games went into a total of five overtimes, and Alex Kangas was the only reason the team had a chance. His stellar goaltending led the Gophers all the way to the Final Five championship game.

Thanks for wearing the 'M' with pride, Alex. We'll miss you!

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