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Published February 03, 2011, 04:11 PM

Doctors: Kristo Has Full Use Of Frostbitten Toes

UND men's hockey forward Danny Kristo has full use of all of his toes on a foot that was severely frostbitten over the weekend. That's according to a statement issued by Regions Hospital to UND on Thursday.

UND men's hockey forward Danny Kristo has full use of all of his toes on a foot that was severely frostbitten over the weekend. That's according to a statement issued by Regions Hospital to UND on Thursday.

“I’m doing fine, I’m planning on recovering as safely and as quickly as possible,” Kristo said. “I’m just trying to get better day by day. I’m doing better today than I was yesterday and I was doing better yesterday than I was the day before. I’m feeling a lot better than I was the first two days."

Kristo is in the early stages of recovery and has full use of all of his extremities.

Kristo, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., is being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He suffered frostbite Sunday evening on his right foot while walking on the UND campus. The National Weather Service says temperatures reached -11 degrees Sunday evening in Grand Forks. With the windchill, it felt like -33 degrees.

Kristo is UND's sixth-leading scorer with 22 points on five goals and 17 assists. In his last twelve games, Kristo has four goals and 13 assists.

University of North Dakota hockey player Danny Kristo remains in fair condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

He had three assists in last Saturday's shutout win at Colorado College. He was the WCHA rookie of the year last season.

Kristo's NHL rights are owned by Montreal. The Canadiens drafted Kristo in the second round in 2008.

“I definitely feel fortunate, I definitely feel lucky. I want to say thanks to the fans and friends and family members who have prayed for me,” says Kristo.

Kristo’s father, Mark Kristo wanted to thank fans for their support. “Our family wants to express our sincere gratitude for all of the thoughts and prayers from his friends, supporters and the Sioux family during these past few days.”

After being discharged from Regions Hospital, Kristo is expected to remain at his parents’ home in Eden Prairie, Minn., for continued treatment before returning to Grand Forks.

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