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Clarke Goes to Q

It was a bad sign when North Dakota recruit Garrett Clarke opted to attend the QMJHL Draft, as opposed to attending the Fargo Force Tryout Camp this weekend.

Today, according to Force head coach Dean Blais, Clarke will be signing with the Lewiston Maineiacs, who took him 6th overall in the draft yesterday.

Blais told the Grand Forks Herald:
"It’s disappointing for both us and UND. He committed to both of us. He went back up there (to Canada) and got caught up with all his buddies and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft. Sometimes these guys get caught up in the draft and they forget the most important thing is an education. He basically backed out on his word."
I'm not sure if I agree with the first half. Regardless of which route he chooses, he's talented enough that he has the opportunity to make it in hockey either way. But I completely agree about backing out on his word. It's incredibly disappointing to see a kid who basically spent the last 6 months lying to anyone that would listen.