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College Hockey:
Dell not back for senior year at North Dakota, signs with ECHL’s Eagles

North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell has given up his senior year of eligibility to sign a pro deal with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

The report adds that Dell, who set North Dakota’s single-season record with 30 wins as a sophomore, also considered signing with the Wheeling Nailers.

“I just decided it’s time to pursue my pro career,” Dell said to the Herald. “They are bringing in two talented guys in [freshman Zane] Gothberg and [Alabama-Huntsville transfer Clarke] Saunders, so now is as good of a time as any for me.”

Senior walk-on Tate Maris will also compete for playing time this season for North Dakota.

Last season, Dell guided UND to a third straight Broadmoor Trophy and was named the tournament’s MVP. He went 18-10-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average an a .900 save percentage in 33 games.

“It was great,” Dell added. “It was the three best years of my life, for sure. I came in with a great group of guys and it’s a little tough right now to leave those guys because it was such a good experience.”


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  • Let’sGoStioux

    Buh-bye.

  • Suture

    At least he was realistic compared to most of the other Sue who leave early and get demoted to the ECHL after proving not NHL worthy. He’s starting there

    • Fan Man

      That is true! Nobody should be surprised by Dell’s decision to move on. We knew this was coming. Unlike Mose early departures from the Sioux, this one won’t hurt quite as bad. Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved to see him back but there really is too much talent in net this year and now I look forward to seeing the battle between Zane and Clarke!!! Should be very interesting to see the what I top notch prospect can do against a seasoned (could have said peppered literally) NCAA veteran… Let’s get it going

    • shacker

      Yeah that Parise kid along with Toews,Oshie,Greene,Stafford, and on and on are having shitty NHL careers. Clueless.

    • B.D.

      How come I do not believe this is really Suture talking?

    • U N D ! ! !

      yeah that is why there are more Sioux players in the majors than all but about 3 teams. thanks, come again troll.

  • Bar Down

    yeah he was slightly forced into it…..Zane’s a beast and he would have stole his job.

    • Fan Man

      It does kinda sound like it huh… With Gothberg and Saunders coming in, any slump in his game would result in him possibly losing his job as the starter. I think he knew this and did not want to have to play the role of Eidsness this year, his senior year. I think it was a wise decision for him to leave. I’m just not sure the ECHL is the best fit. He should at least get a shot at making the AHL or CHL via tryout! Then again, I remember a certain Lamoureux goalie who had a pretty stellar college career and never made a very big impact in the AHL. He WAS goalie of the year in the ECHL which gave him his shot at the next level but he ended up playing behind Jonas Enroth (backup behind Ryan Miller but a very solid NHL netminder).

  • http://twitter.com/EdM3rd Ed M. 3rd.

    Why would a player give up eligibility at college at Div. One level to sign with a Tier Two minor league team? Only a Major league team contract should make a player leave a Div. one powerhouse like North Dakota. I hope he got a big cash bonus and a guaranteed long term contract to leave Div. one college Ice Hockey for the second tier (Below the AHL) club in the ECHL.

  • BCEaglesStillRuling

    Typical Sue fans can’t read two things in. First, the kid is a quitter and couldn’t stand the competition. Shows why he couldn’t guide them to glory the past couple of years. Second, looks to me like he was leaving ahead of being declared academically ineligible or they had some dirt on him that would force him to be kicked off the program.

    • Joseph Crowley

      Do try to be classy like most of the BC fans I know personally. Even though I never cheer for BC, there is a vast difference between having fun with other fans and being obnoxious. Act like your team is the best of the last decade.

    • shacker

      Arrogance at it’s best.

    • icelund

      Maybe he beat up some teenagers, or is that exclusively BC territory?

    • U N D ! ! !

      he’s actually a very smart, humble, and competitive individual.
      (i have my sources)

  • UNDfan

    Hey BCStillRuling I would worry more about what goes on with your own team off the ice. I dont see any former Sioux players looking at jail time for beating the day lights out of some kid. Also it seems like BC players get the full ride as in a free ride to jail then to court then back to the jail where Bubba becomes thier new best friend…

  • Sioux Poo

    I guess he wanted to play for a winner.

    • U N D ! ! !

      change your name to troll poo

    • Haks-troll Poo

      Or different scenery… pasty white fat chicks and redneck living are not for everyone