Defenseman Brady Riesgraf has made a verbal commitment to play hockey at Bemidji State according to a report from Tim How of the Fargo Force.
Riesgraf, listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, will play junior hockey in the USHL the upcoming season with the Force. The Chaska native scored 16 goals and had 38 assists last season playing at Holy Family High School. He could join BSU as soon as 2012-13.
Fargo Forum Force beat writer Ryan S. Clark talked with Riesgraf on Monday for a story on his Slightly Chilled blog. Resigraf said the college hockey conference shuffling that went on this summer was not a deterrent in his choice and he feels strongly about the direction of BSU’s program.
It wasnt the biggest deal. I wanted to play in the WCHA and it was something Ive always wanted to do, Riesgraf said. Growing up I spent every day putting on those college jerseys whenever I got them. When you see them play so much you knew these were the schools I wanted to play for. In the end, I am just happy to get to a WCHA school and everything with it.
Clark shared his thoughts of Riesgraf on his Slightly Chilled blog a few weeks ago.
“Riesgraf was one of the most offensively-gifted defenseman playing in Minnesota last season. He was a bright spot for the up-and-coming Holy Family program … He also managed to score some goals with some flare last season too … was a player that the Force selected in the Entry Draft and was a pick that former coach Jason Herter was very happy to have.”
Riesgraf is expected to be used in power play situations for the Force this season.
Riesgraf is the second Force player player commit to Bemidji State. Defenseman Jake Areshenko will be a captain in his junior season this year with BSU. Portage forward Brendan Harms is expected to play for Fargo in 2012 and join BSU in 2013-14.
Known Bemidji State prospect list (subject to change).
-Phil Brewer (F, Burlington, OJHL), verbal commitment.
-Graeme McCormack (D, Nanaimo, BCHL), verbal commitment.
-Cody Strang (F, Youngstown, USHL) verbal commitment.
-Brad Robbins (F, Sioux City, USHL), verbal commitment.
-Brady Riesgraf (D, Fargo, USHL), verbal commitment.