After two seasons in the NAHL, former Edina High School player Connor Gaarder will get a chance to play for North Dakota this season.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Connor and we are very happy for him,” Coulee Region coach Garrett Strot said. "He was one of the top two-way forwards in the league last season and North Dakota is getting a great competitor and a quality individual."
Gaarder, in his second season in the NAHL, had 27 goals and 42 assists for 69 points for the Coulee Region Chill. The season before that, 2009-10, he had 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in 58 games for North Iowa Outlaws.
Gaarder, 20, is a grandson of former Vikings coach Jerry Burns. According to the Grand Forks Herald, he will be a walk-on with the Fighting Sioux.
"It feels great," Gaarder is quoted as saying by The World of Junior Hockey blog. "It's always been a dream to go play up there. It feels great to be a Fighting Sioux."
Defenseman Joe Gleason, who will be a junior this coming season at North Dakota, played at Edina with Gaarder.