Kansas City Comets

STEFAN STOKIC SUFFERS SEASON-ENDING INJURY

Veteran defender tore ACL against Tacoma on December 8

KANSAS CITY (December 13, 2017) – The Kansas City Comets announced today that Stefan Stokic suffered a tear to his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that will cause him to miss the rest of the season. The injury was suffered in the second half of last week’s game against the Tacoma Stars.

Stokic was one of the original members of the Comets team that was revived in 2010. He has played in 129 regular season and 40 playoff games with the team over the course of eight seasons. He has 22 goals and 24 assists across his Comets career.

Known for his toughness and willingness to throw his body in front of any shot, the veteran has been a mainstay of the team and leader on the field and off.

“Stefan is a true professional and I’m proud of everything he has done with this club,” said Comets owner Brian Budzinski. “He has been a vital piece of this organization from Day One, and a crucial part of our Championship in 2014.”

Stokic will undergo surgery to repair his knee shortly and will begin the process of rehabilitation immediately with an eye on the 2018-2019 season.

At this time, no corresponding roster announcements were made, although the team is evaluating their options.

“We have some young players already that have shown great improvement even since the first game,” said head coach Kim Roentved. “We have a couple more players that have great potential that should be cleared to play soon, hopefully together they can all make up for the loss of Stefan.”

The Comets season continues this weekend as they travel to U.S. Cellular Arena in Iowa for another matchup against the Cedar Rapids Rampage. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the game live on MASL.tv or with Comets Nation fans at Coach’s Bar & Grill in Overland Park, KS.