The University of Minnesota Duluth received signed NLI's from four recruits. All of whom will most likely lace up next season.
A pair of talents from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League -- Brett Boehm (Flin Flon Bombers) and Blake Young (Battlefords North Stars) -- along with Sioux City Musketeer standouts Blake Heinrich and Jared Thomas have all signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The quartet of signees includes three forwards and one defenseman.
Brett Boehm • F • 6-3 • 170 • 9/19/94 • Martensville, Saskatchewan (Flin Flon/SJHL)
Currently holds a share of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League scoring lead with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists in 16 outings ... took part in the Canadian Junior Hockey League's Prospect Games last month in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia ... is in his second full season of duty with the Flin Flon Bombers ... was chosen the SJHL Rookie of the Year in 2012-13 after racking up 25 goals and 29 assists during the regular season (49 games) ... paced all SJHL first-year skaters in goals, assist and total points .. added six more points during the Bombers' 10-game playoff run last winter ... enjoyed a rewarding two-year career with the Beardy's Blackhawks of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League prior to his arrival in Flin Flon ... ranked first in the SMHL in goals, (40) assists (46) and points (86) en route to being named that circuit's Top Forward and a first team All-Star for 2011-12.
Blake Heinrich • D • 5-11 • 200 • 2/17/95 • Cambridge, Minn. (Sioux City/USHL)
Has been stationed in Sioux City, Iowa, the past two seasons, skillfully manning the point for the United States Hockey League's Musketeers ... his stat line thus far in 2013-14 includes three goals and two assists in 14 games ... closed out the 2012-13 season with the third highest scoring total of any Sioux City blueliner (20 points on three goals and 17 assists) and was a +12 on the year ... skated for the gold medal-winning U.S.entry at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge .... is a teammate of fellow 2014-15 UMD recruit Jared Thomas ... was coached in 2013-14 by former UMD assistant coach and hockey alumnus Brett Larson ... was part of a defenseman crew one year ago that included current UMD rookie Dan Molenaar ... passed up his final year of eligibility at St. Paul's Hill-Murray High School to join the USHL ranks in 2012-13 ... was taken in the fifth round (144th selection overall) by the Washington Capitals in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft.
Jared Thomas • F • 6-1 • 190 • 2/21/94 • Hermantown, Minn. (Sioux City/USHL)
Enlisted his services with the Sioux City Musketeers in 2012-13 ... has four goals and assists to his credit through 16 games this season while sharing the locker room with fellow UMD recruit Blake Heinrich ... those 20 points are bettered by only three other USHL combatants at the moment ... made quite a splash as a USHL rookie, producing 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points (second among all full-time Musketeers) ... a team-high 11 of his 18 goals came on the power play ... starred at nearby Hermantown High School for three seasons before moving on to the USHL ... his UMD athletic bloodlines run deep -- his father, Mike, was an All-American offensive lineman for the Bulldogs while his mother Kelli (Ritzer), received All-Northern Sun Conference recognition in both basketball (four times) and softball (three) and is a member of the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame ... his uncle, Corey Thomas, also lettered in both baseball and football for the Bulldogs.
Blake Young • F • 6-3 • 185 • 11/21/94 • Battleford, Saskatchewan (Battlefords/SJHL)
Will come to UMD with at least two years of Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League seasoning tucked under his belt ... ranks fifth on the 2013-14 Battlefords North Star scoring charts with with 10 points (six goals and four assists) ... took part in the SJHL Showcase event earlier this fall ... put up eight goals and 12 assists in 52 games during his first SJHL go-around in 2012-13 ... was the recipient of the North Stars Fan Favorite Award that year ... captained the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League's Battlefords Stars in 2011-12 and topped the team in scoring.