June 4, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Gopher Hockey has added a pair of junior prospects to its roster in Nick Lehr and Robin Höglund, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia announced on Wednesday. Lehr and Höglund both signed Acceptance of Admission agreements and will join the program after spending the 2013-14 season in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
A native of Roseville, Minn., Lehr backstopped the Austin Bruins to the NAHL’s Robertson Cup Finals in 2013-14 – his third year with the organization. The goaltender earned 2013-14 All-NAHL Central Division honors after helping Austin to its second-straight NAHL Central Division regular-season title. The netminder posted a league-high 35 regular-season wins in 49 games last year and finished the regular-season with the fifth-best goals against average (1.84) and the fifth-best save percentage (.932) in the NAHL. Lehr holds Bruins’ career records for wins, saves and shutouts. Prior to his time with the Bruins, Lehr spent two years playing at Roseville High School.
A native of MöIndal, Sweden, Höglund will be just the fourth skater from outside of North America to play at the University of Minnesota after current NHL players Thomas Vanek and Erik Haula and incoming freshman Leon Bristedt. Höglund helped the Janesville Jets to the Robertson Cup playoffs in 2013-14 and was a 2013-14 All-NAHL North Division honoree. The forward finished second on the team in regular-season scoring with 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) in 57 games. Höglund’s first campaign in the NAHL was split between the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Soo Eagles in 2012-13 while he played 16 games in the USHL with Sioux City in 2011-12. Prior to coming to the U.S., Höglund spent two seasons with the Troja-Ljungby organization in Sweden.
The 2014-15 season of Gopher Hockey marks the 93rd campaign in program history. Minnesota has won three-straight regular-season conference titles – a first for the Maroon & Gold – and has made two trips to the Frozen Four in the last three years.
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