November 24, 2004
UVM's Leisenring to Miss 2004-05
Senior hopes to be granted another year of eligiblity

Vermont senior Brady Leisenring, a first-team All-ECACHL selection last year and the team's top scorer, will miss the remainder of the 2004-05 season and apply for a hardship waiver in order to return for his final season of eligibility in 2005-06, head coach Kevin Sneddon announced today.

Leisenring has appeared in six games this season and posted nine points while struggling with recurring groin strains, a situation that was aggravated in the game at Clarkson on Nov. 13th. With extensive rehabilitation, Leisenring is expected to fully recover in time for next season.

The loss robs Vermont of a dangerous offensive presence in what is shaping up to be a promising season in Burlington. The Catamounts have the nation's longest unbeaten streak, nine games (6-0-3), and are second in the ECACHL (4-0-2).

"After meeting with the our medical staff and Brady and his family, everyone agrees that applying for a hardship waiver is in Bradyıs best interest as well as the best interest of the program," Sneddon said. "Brady's desire to return next season shows how much he cares about this program. In the short term, not having him in the lineup hurts, but in the long run, the notion of having a healthy Brady next season is certainly something to look forward to.

"This team has been built to run on the sum of its parts, and not on any one individual," Sneddon continued. "Despite missing Brady these last few games, our team has shown that they can defeat some of the best teams in the country. Each player will have to step it up a notch within their role in order for our team to continue to play well."

Adding Leisenring to next year's roster would certainly help the Catamounts in their transition to Hockey East.

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