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You Know What They Say About Mopeds: Fun To Ride Until A D1 Hockey Player Gets Hurt

Sure, the better known line about mopeds is that they’re like fat chicks:  both fun to ride until your friends find out, but up here in Minnesota, we like to put a hockey spin on sayings regarding mopeds – and boy, there are lot of saying about mopeds, aren’t there? – especially when a player for our beloved Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey team gets in a pretty serious on-campus accident riding one of those wussy motorbikes.

Zach Budish, a sophomore forward on the Gophers straight off the mean streets of Edina, Minnesota, was injured on the University of Minnesota campus Monday while operating a moped. Seriously, how sad is that? Details regarding the incident are sketchy at the moment, but it is believed that Budish shredded his ACL and will likely miss the rest of the season. Budish, a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and currently property of the Nashville Predators, had six points in seven games this season and apparently looked pretty beat up as a result of the moped accident, so says his father (via the Star Tribune):

“He looked like he went 10 rounds with Rocky Balboa,” said Kim Budish, Zach’s father, referring to the underdog boxer in the “Rocky” movies. “He has cuts right above his right eyebrow and on his cheek.”

Jesus. It’s been a rough year for hockey players in the state as it pertains to alternative modes of transportation. Minnesota Wild center James Sheppard broke his left kneecap in an ATV accident in September and will likely be out for the season as well. I’m not usually one to overreact, but if I even here one peep about Mikko Koivu buying a unicycle, I am going to completely freak out.

Moped accident could sideline Budish for rest of season [Star Tribune]