UM hockey freshman Reilly out for year

BY foxsports • September 20, 2012

A freak injury has cost the Minnesota men's hockey team the services of a key freshman.

Forward Connor Reilly slipped and fell awkwardly over the weekend and suffered a knee injury that will require surgery and the school announced Thursday that he will miss the 2012-13 season.

The date of Reilly's surgery has yet to be determined.

"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," Gophers head coach Don Lucia said in a release. "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."

The Chanhassen, Minn. native helped the BCHL's Penticton Vees to a North American junior hockey record 42-game winning streak last season, as the Vees won the RBC Cup and the Doyle Cup championship.

Reilly was seventh in the BCHL in scoring with 86 regular season points.