UND forward Corban Knight played the last three months of the season with a broken hand, a source has confirmed.
Knight suffered the injury blocking a shot during a series against the University of Minnesota in mid-January. He didn’t miss a game the rest of the season, tallying 19 points in 20 games with the broken hand.
Knight was unable to take faceoffs immediately after sustaining the injury and gave up that duty to linemate Brock Nelson. When asked about it after the game, Sioux coach Dave Hakstol acknowledged that Knight injured his hand blocking a shot, but the severity was not revealed.
Prior to fracturing his hand, Knight was on pace to break his own school record of 59.9 percent in the faceoff circle. He was at 60.5 percent before the injury. After the injury, Knight won 57.1 percent of his draws, which is still remarkably good, but below his career-low average of 57.9 percent from his freshman season.
The injury affected Knight in the faceoff circle and shooting the puck.
Knight wouldn’t shake hands with his right hand at the end of the season, but shrugged it off like it wasn’t a big deal.
The High River, Alta., product also dealt with a lower-body injury, believed to be a high-ankle sprain. Knight sustained that injury against Nebraska-Omaha in mid-December. He missed four games with that injury and returned for the Minnesota series in which he suffered the broken hand.
Knight, who confirmed this week that he’s coming back for his senior season, is a polite, always-smiling, happy-go-lucky kid, but obviously is extremely tough as well. He’s a sure bet to wear either the ‘C’ or an ‘A’ next season.