The New York Rangers announced today that Rangers 2003 first round draft pick Hugh Jessiman has suffered a tear of the Deltoid ligament in his right ankle. The nature of the injury was revealed following x-rays, a MRI and medical examination by team physician and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Feldman, along with consultation from foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Steve Sheskier. The Dartmouth College junior will be sidelined indefinitely with the injury.
The 12th overall selection of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Jessiman is scheduled to have surgery on Friday, November 12 at St. Vincent's Hospital. The procedure will be conducted by Dr. Feldman and Dr. Sheskier. "The injury sustained by Hugh is a very treatable condition, especially with the physical strength and conditioning of this athlete," said Dr. Feldman. "We expect the procedure to provide stability to the injured region and for Hugh to make a complete recovery with no future complications."
"We're all disappointed for Hugh knowing how hard he worked over the summer with our training staff to prepare for this season," stated Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather. "His work ethic is unquestioned and we are confident that he will put the same effort into his rehabilitation program and come back stronger than ever."
Jessiman sustained the injury to his right ankle during the first period of Dartmouth's game vs. Princeton University on November 6. In four contests this season, Jessiman has registered one goal and one assist for two points, along with six penalty minutes.