Future in Doubt for Gophers’ Petersen Following Concussion

Minnesota freshman defenseman Bethany Petersen is awaiting word from doctors about her hockey future following a scary incident in Saturday’s loss to No. 1 Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H.

Petersen

Petersen

Petersen tumbled into the boards and remained, according to reports, unconscious for as long as 15-25 minutes. After she awoke, she was given oxygen and taken to a nearby hospital for observation. She was released Sunday and able to attend the Gophers’ second game of the weekend at Dartmouth.

Petersen has a history of concussions, and it is possible doctors will tell her never to play competitively again.

“The problem is, she has a history of concussions so she’ll have to go through a battery of tests when she gets home and see our doctors,” Minnesota coach Laura Halldorson said to the Minnesota Daily after Sunday’s game. “And I think the fact that she was unconscious for 25 minutes — that’s not a good sign.”

Petersen is scheduled to see Minnesota doctors some time this week.

Petersen is the sister of Toby and Ian Petersen, who both played at Colorado College. Toby recently scored his first NHL goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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