Recruiting Update


Now that hockey has started across North America and a few games have been played, let's take a look at where the future Bulldogs are playing and how they've faired in the first few games of the season.

In the world of junior hockey, the Dogs have 7 recruits playing in either the USHL or CJHL.

In the United States Hockey League (USHL), four out of five future UMDers are all on the same team, that being the Sioux City Musketeers.

Sioux City is unfortunately 0-2, but the season is just beginning.  Their last loss came from Dubuque, the defending Clark Cup and Anderson Cup champions and also where future Pup Karson Kuhlman resides.  So yes, UMD did have all USHL recruits on one sheet of ice already this year.  Kind of cool, right?

Anyway, Jared Thomas did bury a puck already this year for the Muskies and all of the Future Dogs rostered for Sioux City played in both games, including Blake Heinrich, whom I would assume to see as much ice time per-game as Ryan Suter does in a typical Wild game.  For Adam Johnson and Neal Pionk, this is hopefully the start to a very successful rookie year.

Karson Kuhlman has also played in both games, but again, for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.  On September 27th, Dubuque opened the season against Waterloo, pulling out the "W" mainly due to this future UMDer's 2 goals.  Yup, 2 goals in the first game of the season.  Impressive.

In the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), both Brett Boehm and Jarod Hilderman are getting cozy into the new season; Hilderman with a new team as well.

Boehm, who resides with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), is currently resting an undisclosed injury but should be ready to play by next weekend.  The 2013 SJHL Rookie of the year has played in only one of Flin Flon's games this year, but is bound to make noise.

Hilderman spent last year in Wilcox playing for Notre Dame’s ‘AA’ midget club where he found 30 points in 31 games.  This year will be the first junior season in the BCHL for the 16 year old.  As if a bump from AA hockey to the BCHL wasn't impressive enough, Hilderman is going straight to one of the greatest teams within the league.  So far this year, Hilderman has tallied one point in seven games, but more impressively, competing with some of the best.

I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to cover the Upper Midwest High School Elite League this fall.  Future Bulldog and Hill-Murray freshman, Joey Anderson, is rostered for Team Northeast and has been playing quite impressively.

Anderson went on a scoring tear this last weekend, scoring 3 goals and earning an assist throughout the weekend in New Hope, Minnesota.  The 5-10, 170lb freshman has tallied 8 goals for 14 total points so far in the Elite League season.

As a freshman, just keeping up with players 3 years older would be impressive enough, but Anderson is going above and beyond.  Here are a few goodies of some of the action the Elite League has to offer.  Click on the Elite League link above and find Anderson's profile for more video evidence of him tearing it up.

If you want to find out some more information about future Bulldogs in a way that is a little more organized, I would suggest checking out the "Recruiting Tab".

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask below!