BY CHRIS MESZAROS
Daily Sports Writer
Published November 11, 2008
Senior captain defensemen Mark Mitera will be out three to six months after undergoing knee surgery last Thursday, Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson said yesterday.
Mitera injured his knee colliding with a St. Lawrence player late in the first period of Michigan’s season opener.
“Mitera had his surgery on Thursday and everything, we’re told, went as expected,” Berenson said. “He’ll be slowly rehabbing. There’ll be a lot of intangibles. One of them is his knee and how it heals. And another is his work ethic and the rehab.”
Berenson said he's optimistic because Mitera is young and has not sustained a similar injury before.
Mitera was a shutdown defenseman last season for the Wolverines, recording a plus-30 rating and 23 points. He and junior Steve Kampfer were expected to anchor a strong defensive corps, but both have suffered serious injuries.
Kampfer, who was injured in an off-ice altercation, will see the doctor next week when his status will be re-evaluated. He is currently wearing a neck brace.