The worst news of the first day of practice for the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team is that wing Joey Benik, a freshman and St. Francis High School graduate, suffered a broken leg during the first hour of morning practice. Huskies head coach Bob Motzko said that they do not know how long Benik will be out and that the injury does not require surgery to fix.
“It was a freak thing, not a big collision and it was one of those things that happens,” Motzko said. “It’s just a downer.”
In 75 games in the British Columbia Hockey League last season, Benik had 37 goals and 114 points. He was playing on a line with LeBlanc and senior wing Ben Hanowski in practice.