Mario Lucia is entering his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame, but will have to miss up to three months with a leg injury. Lucia, a second-round pick by the Minnesota Wild in the 2011 draft, broke his leg during a team drill after a teammate fell on his leg.
It was reported that Lucia has broken his left fibula and suffered ligament damage to his left ankle when his teammate fell on him according to the StarTribune. Lucia had this to say after the injury occurred:
“Hopefully I’ll get back quicker than three months, but I’m in a cast for seven weeks, so there’s not much I can do about that.”
The 6-foot-2 and 182 pound forward attended Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota and recently decided to play for Notre Dame despite his dad being the coach of the Minnesota Gophers. In his most recent season, Lucia scored 42 goals and 94 points and won an RBC Cup with Penticton of the BCHL.
Lucia still has high hopes when it comes to being part of team USA for the world junior championships.
“Hopefully I can get a few games in before the world junior camp,” Lucia said. “In the meantime, I’ll just work to do well in school and have a good second half. But this is very disappointing.”
Definitely a big scare for both Notre Dame and the Minnesota Wild organization as they both hope for a speedy recovery.