MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team continues to build the program, announcing Wednesday that five skaters committed to the U of M during the early signing period.
Four of the signees are in-state athletes while the fifth becomes the third-ever non-North American player in program.
Those committing to the Gopher program are Leon Bristedt, Ryan Collins, Jack Glover, Steven Johnson and Jack Ramsey.
"We are excited to announce our new signing class. It's a talented class and one that fills a lot of our needs," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. "All five guys are good hockey players, and more importantly, they are good people that will fit well with our team as well as our program philosophy."
A native of Waxhold, Sweden, Bristedt is set to become just the third player from outside of North America to skate for the Gophers, following current New York Islander Thomas Vanek and Minnesota Wild prospect Erik Haula. The forward has spent the last two seasons skating with the Linkoping organization in Sweden. Bristedt helped Sweden to a quarterfinal appearance at the 2013 IIHF World U-18 Championships in Sochi, Russia with four points (three goals, one assist) in five games.
Ryan Collins and Jack Glover both currently skate for the U.S. National Development Team Program (USNDTP) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They were originally teammates on Benilde-St. Margaret's Class AA state championship squad. Collins and Glover both play defense.
Steven Johnson currently skates with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL, and has notched 11 assists through 15 games with the Lancers. He plays defense, and skated at Minnetonka High School.
Forward Jack Ramsey is a native of Chanhassen who is currently skating for the Penticton Vees in the British Columbia Hockey League. Through 25 games this season Ramsey has seven points (two goals, five assists). He is also an alumnus of Minnetonka High School.
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