Although we now know the injury St. Cloud State junior goaltender Mike Lee suffered last month in preparation for the Huskies’ series at North Dakota will require surgery, the precise location of Lee’s lower body injury, despite a report to the contrary, remains in question.
In St. Cloud State beat writer and St. Cloud Times reporter Mick Hatten’s blog late Sunday afternoon, both Lee and SCSU coach Bob Motzko refuted a College Hockey News report that Lee’s surgery on Tuesday is to repair a groin injury.
After speaking with both Lee and SCSU Motzko, Hatten confirmed Lee will indeed undergo surgery on Tuesday but both parties denied Lee’s injury was groin related.
In a story Hatten filed later for the Times, Lee indicated a return this season remains a possibility but said more will be known about his prognosis in the days following the surgery.
Hopefully Lee, an SCSU captain, recovers quickly and returns to the ice as soon as possible.
Grant shut down for the season.
While Lee still has a glimmer of hope to return yet this season, the news coming out of Mankato on Minnesota State sophomore forward Chase Grant is not so optimistic.
Shane Frederick for the Mankato Free Press confirmed with Mavericks’ coach Troy Jutting in his blog on Sunday that Grant’s season is over due to a torn labrum in is hip.
Frederick reports the surgery will is scheduled to take place after first-semester classes end in December and be performed in Grant’s hometown of Oklahoma City.
It’s a tough blow for an MSU team which was counting on Grant to build upon his 20-point production as a freshman last season.