Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Forney headed to USHL

Here has been an on going discussion on where all of these recruits are going to go and this kind of clears things up a bit as it has been announced that Michael Forney is head to the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Coming out of Thief River Falls Minnesota High school Forney was a recruit that had a heck of a up side but that hasn't translated at all to the college game. Forney spent most of his freshman year hurt and didn't play that much this past season.

Forney headed to USHL
Brad Elliott Schlossman Grand Forks Herald

UND sophomore forward Michael Forney is headed to the United States Hockey League this fall with his future destination unknown.

Forney said he will play one year with the Green Bay Gamblers before returning to college. That college could be UND, but it's not a certainty.

I left on pretty good terms with coach (Dave) Hakstol and there's an option to come back," Forney said today. "I really enjoyed my time at UND but I was only playing a couple of games a year and I feel like I need to get a lot of games in."

Hakstol said the door is open for Forney's return.

"We talk about making decisions in terms of development, and I think developmentally, it's a good move," Hakstol said of Forney going to the USHL. "It will give Michael a chance to play a lot of games and a lot of minutes."

Forney came to UND from Thief River Falls, where he was a highly recruited player. The Atlanta Thrashers selected Forney in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

But Forney has struggled with injuries throughout his time at UND. He suffered a separated shoulder and an ankle fracture the summer before enrolling at the college. Doctors put screws in his ankle to repair it.

Shortly into his UND career, he suffered another separation and had to have shoulder surgery last summer.

Forney was bothered by the screws in his ankle during his sophomore year and had an operation to fix them a couple of weeks ago.

In his two seasons with the program, Forney has played 19 games (16 as a freshman, three as a sophomore), recording two assists.

"It really has been frustrating," Forney said. "But what doesn't kill you just makes you stronger. You have to be mentally tough."

Forney said he will spend the summer working out in Thief River Falls before reporting to Green Bay.

It would not be the first time a player left UND to go to the USHL before returning. Quinn Fylling played one season with the Sioux, then went to Sioux Falls for the 2001-02 season before finishing out his college career with UND.

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