Gabe Guertler is departing the University of Minnesota to play for the Soo Greyhounds.
Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas confirmed today that Guertler, a 1995 birth-year centre, is leaving the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association ranks to play in the Ontario Hockey League for the Soo.
A native of Plantation, Florida, the 5-foot-9, 185 pound Guertler played in 24 games for the Golden Gophers of the NCAA’s Big 10 Conference in 2013-2014, scoring two goals and adding three assists.
He had played the previous two seasons for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League and scored 37 goals in 73 games during the 2012-2013 season, playoffs included.
Guertler was originally drafted by the Greyhounds in the sixth round of the 2011 OHL draft from the Team Illinois under-16 program.
“Gabe is a very tenacious and skilled forward who plays the game with great speed. He has shown throughout his time as a prospect of ours that he can make plays at high speed,” Dubas said of Guertler.