College Hockey:
Gophers Lose Clymer to Season Ending Injury

— Minnesota sophomore defenseman Ben Clymer will miss the remainder of the 1997-98 season after reinjuring his shoulder Wednesday afternoon in practice. Clymer, the top collegiate player taken in the 1997 NHL draft, will be scheduled for surgery in the near future.

“Ben has an anterior instability in the shoulder which has not responded to protection from simply wearing a brace,” said Dr. Dan Buss. “The success rate of a full recovery from this type of injury [following surgery] is extraordinarily high, and I expect Ben will be able to make a full recovery.”

The combination of Clymer’s season ending injury with the late August signing of defenseman Mike Crowley by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, leaves Minnesota with only six defensemen on its current roster.

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