CHN Staff Report
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Penn State freshman forward Aarne Talvitie will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, the team announced today.
Talvitie, a sixth-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils last year, was injured during the gold-medal game of the World Junior Championships last week. His native Finland went on to defeat Team USA for the gold medal.
Talvitie is going to have surgery to correct the injury and be out for the season.
“Aarne’s presence on the ice will be missed, however, because of the quality of person and teammate he is off the ice he will still be a huge part of our program’s success this season,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky. said “Our main priority now is to provide him the best medical and therapeutic service possible.”
Talvitie was a captain for the Finnish team, scoring three goals and four assists. He had the primary assist on the overtime game-winner to shock host Canada in the quarterfinals before battling through his injury to lead his squad to a 3-2 victory over Team USA in the Gold Medal game. Talvitie became just the sixth NCAA player to captain the WJC gold medal-winning team.
Talvitie had five goals and 16 points in 17 games for the Nittany Lions prior to departing for the World Juniors.