Mario Lucia Coming Along In Broken Leg Recovery; Likely To Play Before World Juniors

Just a bit of good news to get us through a long October day without NHL hockey. During today's WCHA media conference call, University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was asked about how his son - 2011 Minnesota Wild second round draft pick and current Notre Dame freshman Mario Lucia - is doing as he recovers from a broken leg suffered during an August practice. Lucia stated that Mario was ahead of initial schedule of missing the season's first three months and "hopes to begin skating October 25th."

He has already had his cast removed but has a few more weeks in a boot. Even with getting back in shape and on the ice, Mario likely wouldn't be back in shape before Thanksgiving; although with that timeline he would just miss three months instead of the season's first three.

It would also give Lucia the chance to be in shape to represent Team USA for the World Junior Championships (something Mario was looking to be in contention for before his injury)/

Obviously none of  this is a guarantee since setbacks happen and more of a best-case scenario. However, hearing from Coach Lucia that Mario is ahead of schedule is good news nonetheless.

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