UND’s Kristo out indefinitely with frostbiteGRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota men’s hockey forward Danny Kristo is out indefinitely after sustaining frostbite on the toes of his right foot due to exposure to extreme cold while walking near campus Sunday evening.
By: Brad Schlossman, Forum Communications Co.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota men’s hockey forward Danny Kristo is out indefinitely after sustaining frostbite on the toes of his right foot due to exposure to extreme cold while walking near campus Sunday evening.
Temperatures dipped to minus 11 that night in Grand Forks with a wind chill of around minus 33. At those temperatures, frostbite can occur in just over 10 minutes.
Kristo, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minn., was treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to UND. Regions Hospital was not releasing information on Kristo’s condition Tuesday.
Grand Forks’ emergency dispatch center, which handles calls for the city’s police, fire and ambulance services, had no record of a report of anyone needing assistance for frostbite Sunday night, the center’s supervisor Vickie Anderson said.
“We have been in close contact with Danny’s family,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “My concern is with Danny’s health and his full recovery.”
UND says it will not comment further out of respect for the privacy of Kristo’s family. There is no timetable for Kristo’s possible return to action.
Kristo was coming off of arguably his best game of the season. He tallied three assists in a 6-0 rout of Colorado College on Saturday night.
The 2010 Western Collegiate Hockey Association rookie of the year has 22 points in 29 games this season and was heating up as of late. After tallying one goal and five points in the first 17 games, Kristo has racked up 17 points in the last 12 games (four goals, 13 assists).
Kristo was a second-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2008.
This is the second injury to one of UND’s top players in the last week.
On Friday, Sioux captain Chay Genoway left the game against Colorado College with an apparent leg injury. He did not play Saturday.
Genoway had tests this week in Grand Forks and UND is hoping to learn more about his prognosis mid-to-late week.
The Sioux have this weekend off. They return to action Feb. 11 at home against Alaska-Anchorage. The WCHA playoffs begin on March 11. The NCAA tournament begins March 25 in Green Bay, Wis., St. Louis, Manchester, N.H., and Bridgeport, Conn.
UND currently is ranked fifth in the national polls and third in the Pairwise Rankings.
Schlossman is a sports reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.