Gardner Commits To UND

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.

4 Responses

  1. Mike

    Sounds like a decent recruit but I’ll believe it when I see it. Reports say he is 50/50 between WHL and USHL

    1. For what it’s worth, that report came out a few weeks before he made his commitment. That being said, after Miller and Matteau, I don’t blame anyone for having the “I’ll believe it when I see it” thoughts.

  2. Brad,

    When a player commits to UND but isn’t necessarily committed to playing NCAA, how do the coaches handle that particular player? Do they talk about this with the recruit at all? How in-depth do they plan for a possible departure to Major Juniors before the kid even gets to campus? I would imagine they don’t turn a blind eye to the situation and just hope for the best.

    1. They talk about it with the player, and a player who has “committed” is a player who has supposedly closed the door to major juniors. I’ve never talked to a commit who told me he was still considering major juniors. If a player starts to flirt with major juniors, I’m sure the coaches know in short notice. They are very connected in the hockey world.

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