Connor Reilly's season is officially over. Gophers coach Don Lucia said the sophomore forward underwent surgery Tuesday after more than a month of waiting and hoping that Reilly's knee would heal on its own.
Reilly's return to the ice was considered doubtful when he was unable to start skating last week. Reilly returned to Vail, Colo., for his third knee surgery by Dr. Robert LaPrade.
"Connor had surgery [Tuesday], so obviously he's finished for the year and should be back and ready to go once September rolls around," Lucia said. "I feel bad for Connor and what he's had endure, and one more injury. We just felt at this point that it'd be better for him to go ahead and have the surgery so he's healthy once next year rolls around."
The Gophers have been without Reilly since the end of January, when he was kneed in the right knee by Wisconsin's Corbin McGuire. Reilly was the team's top goal-scorer before going down with his third knee injury in the past three years.
"It's tough for Connor, we all know he's been through a lot with injuries," senior forward Travis Boyd said. "You never want to see a teammate get hurt or go down like that."
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