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Chiefs defenseman out with season-ending injury

Jared Cowen is  helped off the ice after injuring his knee in last Friday's win over Chilliwack (Photo: KHQ) Jared Cowen is helped off the ice after injuring his knee in last Friday's win over Chilliwack (Photo: KHQ)
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs took a blow Thursday, finding out defenseman Jared Cowen will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

Cowen suffered an MCL sprain and a high-grade injury to his ACL after finishing a check in a 6-0 win over Chilliwack on Friday.  He'll undergo reconstructive surgery sometime in the next three weeks, and then go through rehabilitation for up to five months.

The 17-year-old is expected to be ready for the 2009-10 season.

Cowen was ranked seventh overall by the NHL's Central Scouting this summer's Entry Draft for North American skaters.  

Prior to his injury, Cowen had never missed a game because of an injury.  He played in 153 of 158 WHL games, including playoffs and the Memorial Cup.  The only games he missed were four games in the 2007-08 season when he played at the 2008 under-17 World Hockey Challenge, and one game this season while he was away at the Top Prospects game.

The Allan, Saskatchewan native led all WHL rookies last year with a +28 and this year had seven goals, 21 points and a +16 in 48 games.

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