Freshmen Spotlight: Nate Condon

Nate Condon is yet another big name in a stacked recruiting class for the Gopher hockey team. Condon is an electrifying player who can give the Gophers an offensive spark this season.

Condon, who hails from Wausau, Wisconsin, is one of three freshmen who are not from the state of Minnesota. In an interview with, Condon explained his reasoning for choosing the Minnesota. "I really love the way that the Gophers play, as well as the tradition of excellence. The speed, creativity, and craftiness that the Gophers play with has always been intriguing to me," said Condon.

Condon is one of a handful of players from Wisconsin who have chosen to play for the Maroon and Gold including former Gophers, Phil Kessel and Sam Lofquist.

As a senior in high school, Condon tallied 33 goals and 26 assists for 59 points in just 23 games. Condon's play landed him in the NHL draft where he was picked in the seventh round in 2008 by the Colorado Avalanche.

Since graduating, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound forward has played in the USHL for the Fargo Force. In his first season with the Force, Condon had 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 in 68 total games. Last year he had a great year with 23 goals and 28 assists in 60 regular season games which landed Condon in the top 25 of all USHL scorers.

Condon is a player with good size and speed who can score as well as set his teammates up to put the puck away. Condon is the type of player that the Gophers need to provide consistent hustle and playmaking in order to be a better team than last season.

Condon told what he thinks he can bring to the Gophers this season. He said, "I think that I can use my speed and playmaking ability to help the Gophers on the offensive side of things. Last year in Fargo I established myself as an offensive presence and I hope I can do that for the Gophers as well."

Condon should bring a well-rounded game to the Gophers this season that will help the team with their recent offensive struggles.

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