Men’s hockey gets verbal commitment from Borgen

by Adam Fink

The past two months have been a formality for Brent Borgen.

The senior hockey player from Mahtomedi always knew he wanted to compete for Minnesota’s men’s hockey team, and after almost two months of visiting campuses and talking to coaches, the forward verbally committed to the defending national champions last Thursday for the 2004-05 season.

“I never really wanted to go anywhere else,” Borgen said. “I had some good contact (with the men’s hockey staff) and I was impressed. I always had heard good things.”

NCAA rules prohibit Minnesota coach Don Lucia from commenting on recruits until they have signed a national letter of intent.

Borgen chose Minnesota over Minnesota State, Mankato and Minnesota-Duluth.

Last year, Borgen recorded 36 goals and 24 assists in 25 games. After this season at Mahtomedi High School, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder will either head to the Lincoln Stars of the USHL League for one season or directly to the Gophers.

“I’m not sure if I will head to juniors next year,” Borgen said. “I will talk if over with the coaches and my family and decide from there.”

Borgen, a left-handed shooter, is the second player to commit for the 2004-05 season. International Falls forward Ben Gordon verbally committed to the program Aug. 25.

Adam Fink covers men’s hockey and welcomes comments at [email protected]