After missing 19 months of hockey from two separate knee injuries, Connor Reilly is now ranked in the top 25 for goals scored in NCAA Division I hockey this season. As a member of the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team, Reilly started the 2014-15 season with a unique kind of passion and determination.
Reilly was a top recruit coming out of his final year of junior hockey when his left knee flared up requiring surgery. Reilly sought out Dr. Robert LaPrade to repair his injured left knee. After seven months of intensive rehab, Reilly was cleared to play. Under the watchful eye of his trainer, Reilly stepped into Ridder Area where the Minnesota band was practicing. After a few rusty shots, he hit the back of the net cuing the Minnesota fight song, “Minnesota Rouser”. That moment would serve as inspiration for Reilly.
No more than a few weeks later, Reilly had a bad fall tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee. Reilly would now face surgery, recovery and rehab all over again. “Getting on the ice again was a special feeling. It was like my own crowd. That’s why the second