Antennae were raised in the hockey world this week when the Omaha Lancers of the USHL added forward Erik Middendorf to their roster, despite the fact that Middendorf, a sophomore at Colorado College, had played for the Tigers this past weekend, tallying an assist in Saturday’s 4-4 tie against Western Michigan.
On Wednesday, Middendorf’s rights were traded to the Chicago Steel, and the Steel confirmed via press release that Middendorf has left Colorado College.
Middendorf played in every game for Colorado College over his one-plus season with the Tigers, 47 in total. He registered a scoring line of 7-6-13, including two assists in six games this season.
A native of Arizona, Middendorf played two years for the US National Development Team Program. He originally made a commitment to Denver in September of 2016 as a 16-year-old, but re-opened his recruitment in early 2018 and committed to Colorado College in February of 2018.
As a 2000 birthdate, Middendorf could potentially play the rest of this season, as well as next season in junior hockey. If he decides to transfer to another school, he would be eligible to play in the second semester of next season.