ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A University of North Dakota hockey player who suffered frostbite to toes on his right foot Jan. 31 says he was woefully unprepared for the minus-33 degree wind chill temperatures that evening.

Sophomore forward Danny Kristo told the Grand Forks Herald that he was wearing tennis shoes and no socks when he decided to walk to a girl’s apartment about seven-tenths of a mile away. He says his right foot got caught in snow, and when he pulled up his foot his shoe was off.

The 20-year-old is a draft pick of the NHL’s Montreal Canadians.

He has returned to practice and could play this weekend at the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Comments (8)
  1. Daryl says:

    Is there more to the story? Did he lose a toe? Was he intoxicated? Is he from Hawaii?

    1. #1 Gopher fan says:

      no he’s just not to bright !!!! ……………..he’s from…………………..the Twin Cites should know about the cold and what to wear when it’s 30 below windchill !

  2. Mark says:

    Me thinks someone had too much to drink and decided to take a nap in a snowbank.

  3. pat says:

    In the good old days I remember running around with a short jacket, no hat, flimsy shoes…now much to my husbands chagrin, I cover up from head to toe. I am sure he learned a valuable lesson.

  4. Todd says:

    30 below windchill and he has tennis shoes and no socks? In Grand Forks ND where frozen hell is the norm no less. I think he had a little anti freeze in the old system and wasn’t running on all cylinders at the time.

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    Sounds like he was going to get some, I remember walking great distances for warmth up north when I was younger.

    If he had been drinking, at least he was putting himself in danger rather than driving.

  6. Bill says:

    Drunk…End of story!

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