Hextall forgoes senior season at North Dakota, signs with Phoenix

North Dakota junior forward Brett Hextall has signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes and will forgo his senior season with the Fighting Sioux.

Phoenix selected Hextall in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2008 NHL draft.

Hextall tallied 13 goals and 16 assists for a career-high 29 points in 39 games last season and helped lead the Sioux to a Frozen Four berth, as well as WCHA regular season and playoff championships.

In 115 career games at UND, Hextall amassed 39 goals and 42 assists for 81 points. Nineteen of Hextall’s 39 goals came on the power play.

Hextall is the first Sioux player to sign a professional contract prior to his senior year since Taylor Chorney (Edmonton Oilers) and T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues) departed following the 2007-08 season.


  1. Well, that sucks. I like the way he plays. He gets under people’s skin. I don’t think he’s big enough or fast enough to play his type of game in the big leagues…but I wish him luck. Thanks for an entertaining 3 seasons.

    • Yep I agree, he is one of those guys who can have a very successful college career and not do too much in the pros….but you never know….I wish him all the best too……do you know anything about the Sioux’s incoming freshman class?

        • Grimaldi will be confused among the geography majors and the basket weavers given his academic record. He will have difficulty explaining to the cavemen where to go on defensive zone draws

          • UMD is better!!!!!!! Michigan is better!!!!!! Anything but a championship is a waste of a year. You and your PWR RPI analyzing buddies can’t figure out a way to make UND anything but a runner up this year

  2. good move. pass up an education that gets you a regular job on the Jug n Loaf for a minor league hockey career for a couple of years before working on an oil rig

      • Really? UND has lost one underclassmen and the only other one that really counts is Gregoire and so far no news is good news for Sioux fans on that. If Hextall is the only underclassmen that UND loses they will be just fine given the incoming class and the class of freshmen this past season that got very little playing time due to the large senior class.

        • Latest news here in Southern Arizona is that the local sports guys up in Phoenix think the Cayotes will not be here next year. Severe issues with the proposed purchase of the team and they all believe the team is destined to go home to Winnipeg by this time next year if it still exists at all.

          Probably wise for him to sign while the team still exists since he was drafted by them and has limited options.

  3. Brett might do OK. Nathan Gerbe is even smaller and he’s certainly making an impact for Buffalo in the NHL. Good luck to him.

  4. I agree with previous posts. Good move by Hextall to leave North dakota at this point. After his bus-league hockey career finishes there’ll be plenty of time for him to return to campus to complete his degree in brain surgery. ;)

  5. I do wish there was some way to work things so that the pros wouldn’t keep siphoning off talented players from college. The salary-cap seems to have made things worse in this regard, but how can you blame a guy for taking big dollars compared to risking a career-endangering injury in unpaid college hockey?

  6. Rest of World understands college hockey as UMD = National Champs. UND understands college hockey as North Dakota won but the rest of us don’t get it


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