College Hockey:
Denver’s Brittain tears ACL, done for ’11-12 season?

Denver goalie Sam Brittain will undergo surgery this Friday to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee and may miss all of his 2011-12 sophomore season.

Brittain told the Denver Post on Monday that he’s hoping he can return for the WCHA playoffs next spring.

“If rehab goes well and everything comes into place, January or February would be phenomenal to try to get back,” Brittain told the paper. “It’s definitely an uphill climb, but with the training staff at the University of Denver, I’ll be in great hands.”

“He’s determined to be ready by January,” DU coach George Gwozdecky added in the same Post article. “He’s eager to get the procedure out of the way and start his rehab.”

Brittain said he injured his knee March 19 in the WCHA championship game against North Dakota.

Adam Murray will begin the season as DU’s No. 1 goalie, with his temporary backup to be added to the roster this summer.

“It’s very difficult, definitely something I don’t want to go through, but it needs to be done,” Brittain said regarding surgery. “In terms of not being able to play, I know the team is very confident with Adam taking all the load, and I know the team will do great.”

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  • Guest

    The Denver Post article suggests Brittain’s recovery could take six to eight months. The paper says if it’s six months he’d miss eighteen games. If it’s eight months he’d miss thirty-two games.

    Should Brittain’s recovery be on the short end of the projection and he misses just eighteen games, he’d have time to play several games in the regular season and ready himself for the playoffs.

    If Brittain’s rehab should take eight months and force him to miss the season’s first thirty-two games, he’d be wise to consider not spending a year of eligibility only to play four regular season games and a handful of post-season games.

    Several seasons ago senior forward J. D. Corbin broke his leg early in pre-season practices, missed most of the season and, in an ill-advised decsion, chose to squander his last year of eligibility by playing in just ten games for Denver.

    At some point Brittain may face the dilemma of having to decide whether it’s better for him to play a handful of games and spend a year of his college eligibility in the process or opt to miss and entire season of games thereby preserving a full year of his eligibility. Tough choice.

  • Confused

    So he injured it in March and only now is he getting the surgery? That doesn’t make sense.

  • AlbertaClipper

    I’d be shocked if Brittain plays four years of College hockey.  With his development, and presence at Canadian national team development camps, and drafted status, the minute the Panthers think he’s better off playing in the AHL, it’s “See ya Denver, hellooooo Rochester Americans.

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