The New York Rangers announced today that goaltender Mike Richter underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The procedure took just over ninety minutes and there were no complications. The rehabilitation process for Richter is expected to last six months. The procedure was performed by team physicians Dr. Barton Nisonson and Dr. Tony Maddalo at Lennox Hill Hospital.
“The procedure performed on Mike this morning went extremely well,” stated Dr. Nisonson. “Following the operation, the knee was very secure and stable. After the necessary rehabilitation, we are extremely optimistic that Mike will return to full form.”
Richter, 33, sustained the initial injury while participating in the FedEx / NHL SuperSkills Competition on February 5 during NHL All-Star Weekend in Toronto. In 61 games this season, he posted a 2.87 goals against average, along with a 22-31-8 record. The 5-11, 185-pound netminder has registered a 2.85 goals against average, along with a 252-205-65 record in 553 career games played over 12 NHL seasons.