UAA Seawolves junior defenseman Luka Vidmar appears to be out for the season with what coach Dave Shyiak described as a "grade 3" ACL tear. Colorado College senior forward Brian McMillin was whistled for a kneeing penalty on Vidmar at 13:52 of the 1st period during Friday nights 1st game of the WCHA series at World Arena in Colorado Springs.
Luka appeared in 10 games this season and posted 1 goal with 4 assists. It was a promising beginning to the season. In his two previous seasons, Vidmar had registered 2 goals and 9 assists over 60 games. Luka had become a regular on the Seawolves power play this season displaying smart heads up play as well as showing an ability to get the puck through traffic to the net.
His absence from the blueline leaves the Seawolves with 6 healthy regular defenseman (2 seniors, 1junior, 1 sophomore and 2 freshman) while they await the mid-season activation of transfer Brad Gorham who is listed as an forward/defenseman.
I had commented last weekend to some other fans that I thought Luka was coming into his own this season and I'd been impressed with his play. At this time it appears there is no public video of the infraction. And there has been no word as to whether coach Shyiak has asked for any sort of review of the infraction which lead to this season ending injury for Vidmar.
I would only add best wishes to Luka for the speediest possible recovery with the best possible outcome for him personally.