The New York Rangers announced today that defenseman Tomas Kloucek underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The procedure took nearly two hours and there were no complications. The rehabilitation process for Kloucek is expected to last six months. The procedure was performed by team physicians Dr. Barton Nisonson and Dr. Tony Maddalo at Lenox Hill Hospital.
"The procedure performed on Tomas this morning went extremely well," stated Dr. Nisonson. "Following the operation, the knee was very secure and stable. Tomas is a very strong young man and we are extremely optimistic that he will return to full form following an aggressive rehabilitation process."
Kloucek, 21, suffered the injury in the third period against the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday, April 1. He appeared in 43 matches with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 74 penalty minutes. Kloucek finished his first year ranked fifth on the team and third among defensemen with 127 hits, capturing the club's Rookie of the Year Award. Kloucek also suffered a torn medial collateral ligament to the same knee on April 1 and has been on a successful rehabilitation schedule since sustaining the injury.