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Connor Reilly Injury: Party Foul Will Cause Gophers Recruit To Miss Season

Minnesota freshman Connor Reilly injured his right knee over the weekend, and the forward will miss the entire 2012-13 hockey season. Reilly tore his anterior cruciate ligament in an off-ice incident. Reportedly, Reilly hurt his knee at a team party, but head coach Don Lucia wouldn't comment.

"[There is] nothing left to discuss, our release was the truth," Lucia wrote in a short text message.

The release to which Lucia was referring was Minnesota's official statement on the injury, which said that Reilly "suffered the injury after he slipped and fell awkwardly over the weekend." It's unclear what actually happened.

This isn't the first knee issue for Reilly. Last season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, his season ended early after surgery to correct a condition in his left knee that caused bone fragments to break off of the joint surface. He had two screws inserted to repair the injured knee and was expected to be ready for the start of the upcoming Minnesota season.

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