Philadelphia Wings six-year veteran Jake Bergey will undergo surgery today to repair a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire 2002-03 National Lacrosse League season, it was announced today by Wings General Manager Marty O'Neill.
Jake Bergey in action
"This is a huge blow to the Wings both on and off the field," said O'Neill in making the announcement. "His offensive contribution to this club will be sorely missed. We will rely on Jake's leadership on the sidelines and in the locker room. We expect that our young team will be able to step-up in Jake's absence. The team is actively pursuing signing players to bring our roster to the level it takes to win another Championship. "
Bergey injured his left knee during a preseason NLL match-up against the Colorado Mammoth at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO, on Friday, December 6.
Wings team physician Dr. Larry Miller will perform the surgery at Cooper Orthopedics in Camden, NJ this afternoon. He is expected to begin rehabilitation immediately, and will miss the entire season, however his December, 28 wedding to longtime girlfriend Heather Henry will continue as planned. Bergey will act as a spokesman for the team throughout the season, making community and media appearances.
Bergey, a Wings alternate captain, finished the 2002 season with 60 points (30G, 30A), fourth overall in team scoring. Last season he ranked 10th on the NLL's all-time points list (318), 10th for all-time goals scored (152), and 11th in all-time assists (164). He has won two World Championships with the Wings in 2001 and 1998.