Seeler joins Gopher men’s hockey program

MINNEAPOLIS¬† -The Gopher Hockey program and head coach Don Lucia have announced that Eden Prairie, Minn., native Nick Seeler has joined the program. Per NCAA transfer rules, Seeler must sit out the 2014-15 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.The Minnesota Wild’s fifth-round pick (131st overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Seeler comes to the University of Minnesota after two seasons with the Omaha Mavericks. The defenseman totaled 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 70 games with the program over the last two years. Prior to Omaha, Seeler split the 2011-12 season between Muskegon and Des Moines in the USHL - totaling 28 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 58 games. He was a member of the 2011-12 USHL All-Rookie Team.

Seeler helped Eden Prairie win a pair of Minnesota Class AA State Championships in 2009 and 2011 and was high school teammates with current Gophers Kyle Rau and Mitch Rogge as well as Gophers alum Nick Leddy. As a senior, the defenseman was a first team all-state pick, an all-metro first team honoree a member of the All-Lake Conference team. Seeler was also named to the all-tournament team after leading all defensemen with six points in three games.

One of three children of Dan and Kris Seeler to play for the Gophers, Seeler joins older sisters, Ashley and Kelly — Ashley was a member of the Gopher women’s soccer program while Kelly was part of the Gopher women’s hockey program that won a national title in 2012. Dan Seeler also played soccer and hockey at St. Scholastica.

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