Gophers’ goalie Kangas done for season

Minnesota senior goaltender Alex Kangas will miss the remainder of the season with a labral tear in his hip and after undergoing surgery on Friday morning faces four months of rehabilitation.

“Being a senior, you do not want to go out like this,” said Kangas in a statement released by the school. “Obviously, things did not go well for me on the ice or off the ice either. It has been a tough year, but you have to battle through it. Life kind of goes this way sometimes.”

Kangas, who was 2-5-0 in eight games this year, has played 108 career games for the Gophers (third most in school history) with a 47-41-16 record. His .912 career save percentage is a school record and his 2.56 goals-against average is fourth-best all-time. 

He also set single-season records during his freshman year (2007-08) with a .930 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average in 31 games. Kangas is the only goaltender in Minnesota history to finish a season with a goals-against average below 2.00. 

“It is hard,” said Minnesota coach Don Lucia in the same statement. “It is an issue that a lot of goaltenders seem to have.  The best thing is for him to have surgery. I am disappointed for our team, but mostly disappointed for Alex. You hate to have this happen during your senior year.”


  1. Despite anything the fair weather fans and ignorant media says, he was a quality gk for the Gophers all four seasons, and the scores would have been much worse had he not played.

  2. Very sad to see this happen. As a Sioux fan I was always aware of Kangas in the net when the Gophers played us. I wish him the best. He seems to be an excellent role model on and off the ice.


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