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Penn State Hockey: Injuries To Cut Milley's Career Short

by on March 02, 2015 2:00 PM

Injuries have forced an early end to junior forward Jonathan Milley's hockey career at Penn State it was announced on Monday.

"Jonathan has spent more time and worked harder in the training room than any other athlete I have ever seen," said head coach Guy Gadowsky.

"I know he gave his absolute best effort to play but his body just didn't comply. He is a great student and will continue to help our program off the ice. I am very impressed with the support of Penn State University in regards to Jonathan's health and commitment to get his degree."

Milley played in four games this year, registering a goal and an assist in the second game of the season series against Connecticut. Milley last suited up for the Nittany Lions at Madison Square Garden in a 3-1 loss to Cornell.

"I am very honored to have gotten this far in hockey," said Milley. "Injuries have prevented me from continuing to play, but at this point and time my health and degree are what is most important. I am so grateful to be considered part of an awesome team and to be able to get an education beyond my expectations."

Despite battling injuries throughout his entire career at Penn State, Milley was able to compete in 33 games, scoring six goals and registering seven assists for a total of 13 points. 

Milley made an appearance in Penn State's first season at Pegula Ice Arena on 20 occasions, dishing three helpers and tallying a goal.

Despite the end of his collegiate hockey career, Milley will remained enrolled to earn his degree with the support of the program.

Penn State finishes off the home schedule this weekend with a two-game series against Big Ten leading Michigan before ending the regular season on the road at Minnesota. The Nittany Lions split the first series of the year against Michigan on the road while doing the same against Minnesota in State College.

Penn State sits five points out of second place in the Big Ten and eight out of the Big Ten lead. The top two seeds in the Big Ten tournament receive a first round bye, needing only two wins to receive not only a Big Ten tournament title, but automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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