Wild lose Hill to ankle sprain

Updated: January 14, 2008, 2:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild placed defenseman Sean Hill on injured reserve Monday, following a sprained ankle he suffered in Friday's game at Chicago.

Sean Hill


Hill has two assists and 11 shots on goal in 21 games for the Wild. He is a minus-seven for the season.

Forward and unofficial enforcer Derek Boogaard (back) remains on injured reserve, but the Hill move creates an opportunity for the team to activate Boogaard this week if he's deemed ready to play. The Wild host Calgary on Wednesday and Anaheim on Friday.

The 37-year-old Hill, in his first season with Minnesota, missed the first 19 games under NHL suspension for testing positive last spring for a banned steroid drug.

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