So far it has already been a bit of a busy off season with the Force as the team confirmed on Friday what players would be leaving the team.
The Force are losing 12 players from this year’s team with most of the damage being done at defense. Defensemen Ian Young (Colorado College), Oleg Yevenko (UMass) and Dan Weissenhofer (Air Force) are all going to be playing college hockey next season. Keaton Thompson, of course, is leaving the team after a brief stay to play for the US National Team Development Program.
Force spokeswoman Whitney Baumgartner said the team hasn’t received an indicator on defenseman Willie Corrin and if he’ll return to the team or start his freshman season at national champion Minnesota-Duluth.
Also gone is goaltender Ryan Massa (Nebraska-Omaha), which really isn’t much of a surprise. Massa was in his last year of eligibility and once he committed to UNO in November, it was a done deal that he’d be gone.
As for the forwards, the Force will also be taking some losses. There were the expected moves like Chad Demers (Air Force), Colten St. Clair (North Dakota), Jimmy Mullin (Miami) and Nick Oliver (St. Cloud) moving on. Others that will be leaving town include Tyler Magueri (Princeton) and Tanner Kero (Michigan Tech).
That means the Force will be left forwards Nate Arentz, Austin Farley, Tanner Lane (UNO), Colton Hargrove, Jonathan Brodzinski (St. Cloud), Joe Rehkamp and Nick Stopskopf. The team will also be returning forwards Corbin McGuire (Wisconsin) and Jakob Batcha, who were loaned out to teams in other junior leagues to get more playing time and experience.
At the back is where it could get really busy in the offseason with the Force only returning Brian Cooper (UNO) and Justin Wade. Goaltender and Boston Bruins draft pick Zane Gothberg (North Dakota) will also return next season and potentially be the team’s starting goaltender.
We’ll provide some more analysis on what it all means in Tuesday’s edition of The Forum.
Until then, enjoy the weekend everybody.