UND hockey recruits top scorer in USHL
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota has landed the United States Hockey League's leading scorer. Ludvig Hoff, who is off to a great start with the Lincoln Stars, gave a verbal commitment Monday to play hockey at North Dakota next season...
GRAND FORKS - The University of North Dakota has landed the United States Hockey League’s leading scorer.
Ludvig Hoff, who is off to a great start with the Lincoln Stars, gave a verbal commitment Monday to play hockey at North Dakota next season.
“Obviously, I’ve heard a lot of the guys talking about North Dakota, and I know it’s a great spot to play hockey,” Hoff said. “I was really excited when Brad gave me a call and said they were interested. Then, I did some research. I know they’ve won a lot of championships and been to the last few Frozen Fours. I know it’s a really good hockey culture there. That’s what got me to choose North Dakota.”
Hoff had interest from a number of schools, but he narrowed his decision down to UND and Providence.
He visited UND a week ago, and called UND’s staff and informed them of his decision Monday.
“I went on a visit there and met all the players and the staff,” Hoff said. “I felt like we got along really good. I felt comfortable there.”
Hoff has 15 points (six goals) in 12 games for the first-place Stars. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound centerman has a well-rounded game.
Hoff, of Oslo, Norway, came over to the USHL last season with the goal of playing college hockey. His father, Geir, played at Michigan State, helping the Spartans to the 1986 national championship.
“He always told me that he had the time of his life playing college hockey,” Hoff said. “He was really excited when I told him that North Dakota is my final decision. I’ve been talking to him through the whole process.”
Hoff will join a recruiting class that already features Tyson Jost, a potential first-round NHL draft pick out of the British Columbia Hockey League.
“North Dakota is the perfect fit for me and a place I’d love to play hockey,” Hoff said. “The thing I really like about Grand Forks is that it has a college town feeling. It’s not a very big town, but it’s very intimate and a lot of the guys are very close. That’s something that I liked.”