North Dakota loses junior Hoff, who signs pro contract with team in native Norway

Ludvig Hoff (North Dakota-27) 2019 January 12 University of North Dakota hosts Colorado College in a NCHC matchup at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND (Bradley K. Olson)
Ludvig Hoff compiled three goals and 11 points this season for North Dakota (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

North Dakota junior forward Ludvig Hoff has signed a professional contract to play for Stavanger Oilers in his native Norway, forgoing his senior season with the Fighting Hawks.

He will team with his elder brother, Magnus, on the squad for the team that plays in the GET-ligaen, which is the top division in Norwegian ice hockey. The Oilers have won their playoff championship in seven of the past 10 seasons.

This past season, Hoff tallied three goals, including an overtime game-winner against Colorado College on Jan. 11 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, and 11 points in 31 games.

Hoff finishes his North Dakota career with 10 goals and 26 assists in his three seasons in Grand Forks.

Hoff is one of just six European players all-time at UND and one of three in the past three seasons (Joel Janatuinen, Finland and Matej Tomek, Slovakia).