UPDATE 2: UMD Adds Goalie

     Minnesota Duluth has added Aaron Crandall of Lakeville, Minn., for next season as a third goalie, joining sophomore returnees Kenny Reiter and Brady Hjelle. Crandall, 19, who is 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is a former St. Thomas Academy player and a former Wisconsin recruit. He played the last two years in the U.S. Hockey League for Green Bay and Des Moines (Iowa).

     Crandall visited UMD two weeks ago and accepted the position of an invited walk-on for 2009-10. He had made an oral commitment to Wisconsin while a high school senior in 2007, but Wisconsin later withdrew the scholarship offer, said Crandall.

     "The UMD coaches told me they had a spot open and they wanted to improve their depth at the position," Crandall said Wednesday. "I was told that the three goalies will all be given a chance and that’s all I could ask for.

     "Playing in the WCHA has been a dream for me; going to a school just two hours from home was important and I’m excited that UMD is building a new rink.

     "I feel like I gained a ton of experience in 66 games the last two years in the USHL and I’m ready for college hockey."

     His stats this season in Des Moines were a 7-19-3 record with a goals-against average of 5.05 and save percentage of .858 for 34 games. Des Moines was 12-43-5 overall. His Green Bay stats for 2007-08 were 5-21-2, 3.50 and .882. Crandall was on the 2007 Minnesota Class A all-tournament team as the Cadets placed third, and was on a 2007 USA Under 18 Select team with Hjelle. He played for the Green Bay Gamblers as a high school senior in 2007-08.

    UMD had been seeking a third goalie to make up for the early departure of starter Alex Stalock to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

     ALSO there is talk that WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod will be in Omaha this week to talk with Nebraska-Omaha officials about joining the league. At the same time, Omaha’s new athletic director, Trev Alberts, is in the midst of a search for a hockey coach, to replace Mike Kemp. The most recent rumor is that Dean Blais is the coaching front-runner, while UMD assistant Steve Rohlik is a former Omaha assistant.

9 thoughts on “UPDATE 2: UMD Adds Goalie

  1. I hope Hjelle doesn’t get hurt because I don’t see a lot of depth behind him. No disrespect to Aaron Crandall but the numbers he put up in the USHL are not good! This team has the talent to finish in the top four of the WCHA but all that changes if Hjelle doesn’t perform or gets hurt. Having said that I think Hjelle is going to be one of the better goalies in the league.

  2. Did Mike Hastings turn UNO down?

    Couple other names: Cary Eades, Brad Berry, John Hill, Mike Guentzel, DiCasmirro (sp) or whatever his name was at Alaska Fairbanks.

  3. Why does Sandelin always choose players that really don’t have much to show on paper? Once again, as the article states, just wanting to add depth to a position. Now that’s par for the course. Sandelin…out…Blais in!

    p.s. The alumni association of ex-players are brewin’ up a solution. WE SHOULD LISTEN!!!

  4. Yes, let’s fire the coach who took his team within an eyelash of the Frozen Four. Great idea.

    Makes sense, too, because this program has a long history of national championships. Finishing in the national quarterfinals is just unacceptable.

  5. Dont be judging Crandall by his USHL performance, they go to juniors to get ready for college.At times I have doubted Sandelin myself, but in the end he usually shows he knows what he’s doing.
    As far as the starter goes, all 3 are going to compete for the job but come 2010-2011 look for one of those 3 to be cut to make room for Mac.

  6. Comparing Hjelle and Crandall. Saw them both play when they were on the USA team, Crandall is clearly a more solid/consistent player. Comparing their USHL stats is not justice to their level of play… Hjelle had an unreal team, while crandall got stuck with dog shit both years… crandall will play most of the games next year. mark my words

  7. If Crandall is so good why was he not given a full by ANY D1 school. Guys…wake up Hjelle is going to play as much next season as Stalock did last year. I had a chance to see both Hjelle and Crandall play in the USHL and Hjelle is a much better goalie. I guess will have to wait and see but it would be foolish to think Crandall is going to be the starter.

  8. This is known that cash can make us autonomous. But what to do when one does not have cash? The one way only is to get the loan or just student loan.

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