Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gopher Puckster Leddy Out Six Weeks

The Gopher hockey team lost defenseman Nick Leddy to a broken jaw suffered in Friday's win over Alaska-Anchorage. The freshman was hit shortly after he delivered a shot in the first period by UAA forward Jade Portwood in a shoulder-to-jaw hit. Leddy will be sidelined at least six weeks.
Leddy had started slowly for the Gophers this season, posting no points in five games. The first round draft pick of the Wild this past summer and is the reigning "Mr. Hockey" as the state's top high school player out of state champion Eden Prairie.

The loss will hurt the adjustment to the college game for Leddy, but it will likely mean consistent ice time for both Kevin Wehrs and Sam Lofquist. The two had been alternating games early on, but now both will likely see regular shifts in the Gopher top six.

The Gophers go for the weekend sweep over UAA Sunday afternoon at 4pm.

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