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Gophers' Goalie Kangas To Have Season-Ending Surgery

It would appear that Alex Kangas has seen his last on-ice action as a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers' hockey team.

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Kangas, the senior goaltender for the Golden Gophers' men's hockey team, suffered a labral tear in his hip. He will have surgery on Friday and will be looking at about four months of recovery time, after which the Gophers' season will be long over.

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Kangas originally injured the hip back in February, and though the injury got better with some time off, he re-injured it again in November.

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If Kangas is, indeed, done as the Gophers' goaltender, his name will be all over the U of M recordbooks. His .912 save percentage is the highest in Gopher history, and a 2.56 goals against average, which is fourth all-time. He's also third in Gopher history in saves (2,808) and games played (108). He also had a streak of 51 consecutive starts that ended during his sophomore season.

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Nicely done, Alex. Hopefully we'll be seeing him at the next level if he can overcome his injuries. . .he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.