The Bozeman Icedogs are pleased to announce that team captain Chase Engdahl has been promoted to the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL. This is Engdahl’s first promotion of the season. This is the defensman’s 3rd year of tier III junior hockey, but he will finally get a chance to play tier II hockey.
Engdahl hails from nearby Sioux Falls, so getting the chance to play for Brookings is an ideal situation for the young defenseman. Bozeman Coach Mark Vichorek knew that this could be perfect situation for Engdahl.
“I spoke with Coach Cory Laylin of Brookings Blizzard and let him know that I have a defenseman he really needs to take a look at that can help his team in the NAHL and help for the playoff run.” Said Vichorek. Coach Laylin said timing was good for both sides as they have been winning some games but, have run into some injuries and illness the past couple of weeks.
After a strong rookie season with Vichorek for the Central Wisconsin Saints, the two parted ways last year. Engdahl plied his trade with the Queen City Steam of the NA3HL. Engdahl didn’t have the point production he had with Vichorek as his coach the previous season, so this past summer he rejoined Vichorek upon his move to Bozeman.
This decision turned out to be mutually beneficial in the end. Engdahl was named captain and played huge minutes in an important role for the Icedogs. His head coach speaks very high of what he can bring to a hockey team. Engahl has been productive as well with 2 goals and 20 points in 25 games played this season.
“Chase is a tough kid that will do anything for his team to win and I mean anything. He is 6th overall in scoring for defenseman in the AWHL and logs about 35 to 40 minutes of ice time per game. He passes the puck very well and can carry it up ice with good vision.” Vichorek says, “He is also one of the toughest customers in any league and is more than willing to drop the mitts to help his team and team mates if so needed.”
Engdahl is very excited to begin his time in the NAHL with Brookings. “I am very thankful to all of my teammates, coaches and the ownership of the teams I have played for” Said Engdahl. “I am looking forward to showcasing my skills at the next level.”
The Icedogs wish Chase continued success at the next level in hockey and thank him for his efforts on behalf of the Bozeman community and his hockey team.