Lewis Looking at Gophers

With a handful of smaller, skilled forwards committed for the future, the Gopher hockey team will look to add some size on the blue line. One such player who fits this mold is 6-foot-2, 180-pound Clint Lewis. GoldenSports.net caught up with Lewis to discuss the latest on his recruitment.

Clint Lewis now plays for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, under-17 team, in Ann Arbor (Mich.) but has had quite a journey getting to where he is now.

"[I was] born in Topeka, Kansas, moved to the Brainerd (Minn.) lakes area when I was one, then moved to Lakeville for the seventh grade and then I went to Shattuck St. Mary (Minn.) sophomore year," said Lewis.

With plenty of travel growing up, Lewis is prepared for the busy schedule of the NTDP. "It's a grind," he said.

Lewis feels that the constant practice and a full schedule of games has helped him become a better player.

"Personally, I'm developing on the ice and I think the off-ice training is unbelievable," he said. "It's definitely helping me on the ice."

This improvement has caught the eye of a number of top hockey programs.

"I've been getting interest from Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, Quinnipiac, Cornell, and Western Michigan," he said.

Although he has plenty of teams interested, Lewis has been most impressed by three schools.

"I'm very interested in the Gophers because they are doing great this year and they're close to home," he said. "I also really like Duluth and North Dakota. I think I like those three the best because I have visited them and loved them."

Lewis has yet to pick up a scholarship offer but the busy schedule of the NTDP prevents him from having too much contact with college coaches.

"I haven't been staying in contact with them very close because I'm very busy in Ann Arbor for hockey," he said. "I find it hard to stay in touch with them on a regular basis."

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories