Highly regarded, 1999 birth year goalie Dean Buchholz has opted to return to the Detroit Fighting Irish of the United States Premier Hockey League for a second season.
The 6-foot, 175-pound puck-stopper had a save percentage of .900 in 2016-2017 despite a win-loss record of 2-19-1 while playing for a lowly Detroit team that is in rebuild mode for the 2017-2018 campaign.
Buchholz has had a busy summer that included time spent at the United States Hockey League camp of the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
According to Fighting Irish general manager Dan Vasquez, Buchholz is also slated to spend time in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario this summer under the tutelage of former Ontario Hockey League and National Hockey League goalies Kevin Hodson and Danny Cloutier.