Senior defenseman Parenteau gives Gophers a big leg up

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2014 - 12:12 AM

Senior defenseman Jake Parenteau missed 2 ½ months with an injury.

 

The screams quieted Munn Ice Arena.

With his facemask buried in the ice, Jake Parenteau’s voice echoed off the cold surface. The Gophers senior defenseman squirmed while laying up against the boards in pain, his right leg broken and dangling.

What hurt Parenteau most, though, was what this injury would mean.

“It really didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. I was just more mad because I knew something was wrong,” Parenteau said. “I thought I might not play the rest of the year. That was really the only thing that was in my head. Senior year, big injury.”

It didn’t look good. Parenteau pulled at his teammates’ gear as they helped him off the ice. He wouldn’t return that night, Dec. 6 at Michigan State, or for the next seven weeks.

An X-ray confirmed the broken leg. The fibula was shattered in at least four spots, Parenteau said, and the tibia was fractured. It took nine screws and a plate to repair the bone. Only time could heal the senior’s mental health.

A productive effort at Wisconsin last weekend completed this journey. For the first time in 2 ½ months, Parenteau was skating with complete confidence and delivering the type of hits his teammates were used to seeing.

“I think we knew right away it was a tough injury because of the way he was getting off the ice,” Gophers defenseman Brady Skjei said. “We were a little worried, but he actually came back earlier than we thought, so it was a big help.”

Parenteau’s help will be needed again this weekend against No. 10 Michigan at Mariucci Arena.

 

Long rehab

Parenteau relives the injury in slow motion. It was a Friday night at East Lansing, Mich., and the game was barely five minutes old.

In only his second shift, his hit on Michigan State forward Mackenzie MacEachern was hard and clean, but Parenteau was the one that didn’t get up.

His right skate got caught on the boards and his body kept moving.

“I felt it snap,” he said, “and it was just kind of dangling there.”

Associate head coach Mike Guentzel, who oversees the Gophers defensemen, had the same thoughts as his veteran defenseman, fearing Parenteau’s season was over. Trainer Jeff Winslow told Guentzel what he wanted to hear.

“I was relieved it was a break,” Guentzel said. “That sounds odd, but I was glad it was a break and not a knee tear. … I at least knew there was a chance we were going to get Jake back.”

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