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Rangers Rookie Kloucek Sidelined

April 2, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Rangers rookie defenseman Tomas Kloucek will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee and will be sidelined for about eight months.

Kloucek, one of the Rangers’ promising young players, tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments when his knee crashed against the boards after a missed check in Sunday’s 4-2 win against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Surgery is scheduled on the ACL in about six weeks, which will give the MCL time to heal, said a statement issued by the Rangers on Monday. His leg will be placed in a brace for six weeks, and rehabilitation is expected to take six months.

Kloucek, New York’s sixth selection and 131st overall in the 1998 draft, had one goal and four assists in 43 games. He missed two games with a bruised heel before returning to the lineup Saturday at New Jersey.

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