SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20 (UPI) -- The 2007-08 NHL season ended Thursday for Minnesota Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster after he underwent surgery on his broken left leg.
Foster, 26, an eight-year veteran, sustained the injury in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss at San Jose when he took a full-force hit into the boards by San Jose center Torrey Mitchell.
Foster was chasing down a loose puck when he was hit.
Mitchell received a minor tripping penalty on the play while Foster's leg was put in a splint by medical personnel on site.
He was taken off the ice on a stretcher, and taken to O'Connor Hospital, where surgery was performed late Wednesday night.
"I thought he was playing great," Coach Jacques Lemaire told the St. Paul Pioneer Press late Thursday. "He was playing his best hockey. It's a big loss."
Foster ends the season with seven goals and 11 assists (18 points) in 56 games.