USHL star commits to Gophers

The Gophers landed another blue-chip recruit from the USHL. This one hails from Red Wing, Minn., and currently plays for the Tri-City Storm.

KEARNEY – The Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League announced Tuesday that forward Tom Pohl has verbally committed to play his college hockey at the University of Minnesota.

Pohl, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of Red Wing, Minn., is the current USHL Offensive Player of the Week. This is Pohl's second season in the league and he has five goals and 19 assists in the Storm's 19 games. His 24 points currently rank second among the league's scoring leaders, and he is the league's leader in assists.

In his first season with the Storm, Pohl registered seven goals and eight assists in 55 games.

With his commitment, Pohl is the 11th player on the Storm roster to make a college commitment.

"Tom is the kind of kid that smiles everyday and brings an amazing work ethic to the rink," Tri-City coach Bliss Littler said. "Those two ingredients will allow a junior player to improve quickly."

After the 2003-04 season is completed, Pohl and Minnesota's hockey coaches will decide whether the 2004-05 or 2005-06 season will be his first with the Golden Gophers. The Golden Gophers are the two-time defending national champions at the NCAA Division I-A level.

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