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Gophers Hockey: New Freshmen Numbers

Plus a 2015 Minnesota commit gets an "A" from his junior team.

Matt Christians

The last roster questions answered with the departure of Gabe Guertler last week and Brady Skjei and Kyle Rau both returning from the week before that, Minnesota put out its 25 man 2014-15 roster Wednesday. With it comes the first glimpse of which numbers the six Gopher freshmen will wear.

In numerical order:

D - Jack Glover (#3) - Last worn by Blake Thompson/Chris Student

D - Steven Johnson (#4) - Last worn by Seth Helgeson

D - Ryan Collins (#6) - Last worn by Jake Parenteau

F - Leon Bristedt (#18) - Last worn by Christian Horn/Nick Larson

F - Robin Höglund (#29) - Last worn by Nate Schmidt

G - Nick Lehr (#34) - Last worn by Kellen Briggs

Besides being a new experience, most of the Gopher freshmen enter with new numbers. Only the 6'5" Collins wears the same one from his junior team last year.

The list isn't fully updated (i.e. each upperclassmen on the complete roster of 14 forwards, 8 defensemen and 3 goalies has the same height and weight as 2013-14 - have to think that isn't the case), however, it also shows where each freshman is height and weight-wise.

In a couple cases, players grew an inch or two from their listed junior height. In a couple more, players lost a couple pounds from their listed weight in juniors. Take that for what the sacred sanctity of listed height/weight is worth.

Lastly, Guertler's departure did not end up bringing in either Jack Ramsey or Tyler Sheehy as an "extra" body. Both look to spend another year in juniors. For Sheehy, who finished second in playoff points for the Clark Cup runners-up Black Hawks,  this means he will be back with Waterloo (USHL) alongside Minnesota commits Sam Rossini (1998 born) and Tommy Novak (1997 born).

Ramsey, meanwhile, will be returning up north to Penticton (BCHL) for a second season. This time around the  will be wearing a letter. From voice of the Vees Fraser Rodgers:

Ramsey is an excellent choice to wear an "A" for the Vees this upcoming season. He's got a year under his belt and plays the game the right way. Fred Harbinson has said to me several times that he never has to worry about Ramsey when he's on the ice. He's always in position, he's always busting his butt and he does so many little things right. He's the type that will say a few words when called upon but for the most part, he'll let his play do most of the talking. A player who's developed into an excellent penalty-killer and defensive forward but also has underrated hands around the net. I think we'll see more offensive out of Ramsey this year and he'll be a handful around the opposition's net with his big frame.

Ramsey, finishing last season with 25 points in 56 regular season games, said in a release, "It's a huge honor, especially when we have so many good character guys in our dressing room. It will be challenging but exciting to take on a leadership role."


Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation. You can also follow him on Twitter --