Gardiner to Play With Gophers in 2010

After a meeting with Don Lucia, Max Gardiner with forgo a season in the USHL to join the Gophers this fall.

Earlier this week, Star Tribune writer, Roman Augustoviz reported that the Minnetonka native, Max Gardiner would not play a year of junior hockey but would instead join the Gophers this season. Gardiner had planned to play for the Des Moines Buccaneers in 2010-2011. The practice of spending a year or two in the USHL is fairly typical for Division I hockey players. This was Gardiner's plan until he reportedly met with coach Lucia.

Gardiner will be a great addition to the Gopher roster this season. At 6-foot-3, Gardiner, along with Mark Alt and Nick Bjugstad, will give the Gophers some much needed size. Max Gardiner is a kid who can put the puck in the net as well as set up his teammates. As a senior, he tallied 22 goals and 32 assists for 54 points. Although the USHL may have benefited Gardiner, the Gophers will surely be happy that he is on the team for the upcoming season.

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