Wisconsin freshman Ford leaves team, returns to USHL

Wisconsin freshman defenseman Keegan Ford has decided to leave the team and return to the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints.

“Keegan came in to see me and told me he wasn’t having much fun,” Badgers’ coach Mike Eaves said in a news release. “He said it wasn’t one thing specifically. He said he just wasn’t having fun coming to the rink and it wasn’t in his heart to stay any longer. He thought it was right for him to find another place to play. At this time, I think he is going to go back and play junior hockey and go from there.

“We wish young Keegan the best of luck in the future.”

Ford’s departure further cuts into the depth on the Badgers’ blue line.

With Eddie Wittchow out with a broken finger, the Badgers have six healthy defensemen left on the roster.

“We welcome Keegan back as he was a big part of our organization for the last few years on the ice,” added Dubuque coach-GM Matt Shaw in a statement. “Unfortunately, things did not work out for him at the University of Wisconsin. We look forward to having him in a Saints uniform and helping him create another opportunity at the college level that he feels will be a good fit for him.”

Ford, whose brother, Jason, will remain with the Badgers, skated in all 12 of Wisconsin’s games this season, posting two assists. He is planning on finishing the semester in school.

Keegan Ford played for the Fighting Saints last season, recording 17 points in 60 games after 16 points in 43 games during the 2012-13 campaign.