James Sheppard Suffers Knee Injury

Mike Russo of the Star Tribune has reported that center James Sheppard was involved in an ATV accident in Vail, Colorado on Saturday. Sheppard fractured his patella (left knee) and underwent surgery.

According to Russo, Sheppard will miss three to four months, but the team is saying there is no timetable for his return.

Here is the team’s official statement: “The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that forward James Sheppard suffered a fractured patella in his left knee in an off-ice accident in Vail, Colo., Saturday night. There is no timetable for when Sheppard will be able to return to play hockey.”

Three months from today is December 7, which is 26 games deep into the season. That’s not good for Shep, who was anxious to get to training camp and prove himself after a difficult year.

As for other players, the locker room in Xcel Energy Center continues to bustle with activity. Two new players that have joined the fray are newcomer Eric Nystrom and roster hopeful, Robbie Earl. Earl spent his summer in Madison, Wisconsin where he trained on campus with several other former Badgers and current NHLers.

3 responses to “James Sheppard Suffers Knee Injury

  1. So he’ll contribute about as much as he normally would then?

  2. Just another typical move from a complete draft bust. Instead of working hard behind the scenes and doing the right things, he’s out spending the money he hasn’t earned.

    Your career is over with, sir.

  3. he was injured during an off ice accident with the team.. morons.. btw if he played the way he does and did in his jr years… he would be a total different player.. its the wilds stupid coaching staff and management that try and change a players style… damn morons

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