Garrett Haar made it clear today via his Twitter account that he will play next season at Western Michigan instead of with the Fargo Force.
Haar took a visit to WMU on Thursday and on Friday made it official that he was going to spend the coming season in Kalamazoo. Western Michigan offered Haar a scholarship about a month ago and at the time he “respectfully declined” the offer.
When WMU offered, it was going through a coaching change as Jeff Blashill left the team to become an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. Blashill, who only spent one year at the school, took the program from obscurity to promising.
The school hired former NHL coach Andy Murray to run the program further signifying the institution’s need to become an emerging power in the college hockey world.
As for Haar, it wraps up what has certainly been an active summer with many twists and turns. It started with Haar being drafted by the Washington Capitals with the 207th overall pick and then a day later he decommitted from Northeastern.
Haar said he had a list of five “powerhouse” schools – Boston University, Denver, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota – that he wanted to attend for development reasons.
A few weeks after being drafted by the Capitals, Haar attended the team’s development camp where he impressed general manager George McPhee. McPhee called Boston College to see if they could open a spot for Haar for the upcoming season.
Boston College, which got a commitment from USHL Rookie of the Year John Gaudreau on Thursday, didn’t have the extra money or space for Haar.
Haar recently told The Forum that he was looking forward to spending a second season with the Force.
But it appears he’ll be enjoying this year playing at WMU.
That now means the Force will only have three returning defensemen – Brian Cooper, Willie Corrin and Justin Wade – and only 10 returning players from last season.
Read more about this story in Saturday’s Forum