Mike Richter Sustains Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament
/ New York Rangers
The New York Rangers announced today that goaltender Mike Richter suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the first period of this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He will undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the ligament tear in his knee in approximately two weeks, after allowing time for swelling reduction. The rehabilitation process for Richter is expected to last six months. The procedure will be performed by team physicians Dr. Barton Nisonson and Dr. Tony Maddalo at Lennox Hill Hospital.
Richter, 34, had posted a 20-21-3 record in 44 games entering this afternoon’s contest against Chicago, along with a 3.28 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. Richter sustained the identical injury to his left knee last season, undergoing successful reconstructive surgery by the same medical team on April 5, 2000.