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Status of Bergin's Injury Uncertain for Now

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 23, 2008

TROY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute freshman defenseman Mike Bergin may need season-ending shoulder surgery but that determination won't be made for two-three weeks, RPI head coach Seth Appert said on Wednesday night.

Bergin suffered a shoulder separation when run into the boards head first late in Tuesday night's 6-0 loss to Massachusetts. "We don't know anything definite yet, other than it's definitely dislocated," Appert said. "It's a question of whether surgery is necessary, or there may be a situation where he could play with some sort of brace on his shoulder."

"That decision is a couple weeks down the road," Appert added. "In any event, he's going to be out for a while."

Should Bergin be able to play with a brace, it's hopeful he could return in about six weeks.

"I feel bad more Mike," Appert said. "Yeah, it's bad for our team but it's worse for Mike and his career. Hopefully, he'll be able to get back soon and help us win some hockey games."