Lasch undergoes surgery

Friday, May 7, 2010

Ryan Lasch looks to take his game to the professional ranks next season.

Ryan Lasch  

Ryan Lasch was known as a crafty, consistent scorer during his record-breaking hockey career at St. Cloud State.

The diminutive forward wasn’t known for tough play.

Until now.

Lasch disclosed this week that he played more than half the 2009-10 season with a shoulder injury that was surgically repaired last week.

“It happened in the CC (Colorado College) series in December,” said Lasch, who is 5’8” and 175 pounds. “I went to hit somebody, throw my first career body check, and I missed the guy and tore the labrum in my shoulder.”

 “It was a SLAP tear. It wasn’t something that needed to be done right away. It was something that could be done at the end of the season. It’s minor kind of surgery, but it nagged me all season.”   

A superior labral from anterior to posterior tear occurs at the top of the shoulder socket where the biceps tendon attaches to the shoulder.

“This team is gritty," said Bryan DeMaine, head athletic trainer for men’s hockey. "They are the type of guys that will do anything they can to play through injuries.”

To keep Lasch in the lineup, DeMaine limited symptoms.

“We did lot of soft tissue work like massage,” DeMaine said. “We tried to treat the symptoms by keeping the pain down and strength and range of motion up.”

“There were times when he came off the ice and you could tell that he was hurting, but he gutted his way through it,” DeMaine said.

DeMaine’s work and Lasch’s resolve paid off. The senior played in all 43 games, tying Garrett Roe with a team-high 20 goals and 29 assists.

Lasch, who will train at Baron Hockey Academy near his home in Lake Forest, Calif., expects to be back to full contact by August. 

 "I’m just getting ready for next season, wherever I’m going to be,” said Lasch, who owns the school records for career points (183) and assists (104). 

While former Huskies—including Mark Hartigan, Tyler Arnason and Joe Motzko− have enjoyed success in Europe, Lasch wants to make his name on this side of the Atlantic.

“My goal is to play in North America and prove myself like I have in the past,” Lasch said. 

Armed with motivation, hands soft enough to make Kleenex jealous and a healed shoulder, Lasch will parlay his college game into a professional career.

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