UND has received a verbal commitment from Rhett Gardner, a 6-foot-2 forward from Moose Jaw, Sask.
Gardner is currently playing for the Moose Jaw Generals, a AAA team in his hometown. The Generals have played in The Ralph’s AAA showcase tournament each of the last two years.
“He skates extremely well,” Generals coach Ray Wareham said. “He has some pretty good offensive upside. He does all the little things well in his own end. I’d say he’s a complete player.”
Gardner originally was a second-round WHL pick of Spokane, but Spokane traded him at the deadline last week to Brandon.
“He wanted to weigh his options,” Wareham said. “This one opened up and he’s pretty happy to be part of the University of North Dakota.”
Gardner, the captain of the Generals, recently played in the World Under-17 tournament in Quebec. Gardner had two goals in five games at the event.