BROOKINGS – The Blizzard front office announced that Brookings native Carter Krogman has officially made the 2018-19 roster.
“It’s an honor to be able to play in front of family and friends every night,” said Krogman. “Without my experiences growing up In Brookings, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Krogman, 18, is the only player in the organization’s history to reign from Brookings and play for his the hometown team.
“He is ready to play in the NAHL with his great work ethic,” said Blizzard coach Moe Mantha. “I’m very excited for Carter and his family for this upcoming season.”
Krogman tallied one assist in eight games played last season before he joined the Sioux Falls Stampede U18 team, where he ended up playing in four playoff games and scoring two goals.
“It was a hard thing to do last year with Carter, but I thought the best thing for Carter’s development was to play another year in a Midget program of getting lots of ice time when he played,” noted Mantha. “His hard work and dedication to his development has paid off.”
Added Krogman, “I’m excited for the opportunity to play for Coach Mantha and represent Brookings on a national level.”
Before playing with the Blizzard, Krogman spent two seasons with the Omaha Lancers (18U and 16U). In 46 games played, he scored 21 points.
Krogman grew up in Brookings and played high school hockey with the Brookings Rangers (SDAHA). He was a member of the boys’ varsity team in 2013-14, where they finished third in the state. Krogman tallied three assists in a 7-4 victory over Oahe in the third-place contest.
Krogman and the rest of the Blizzard reported to camp on Friday.
The Blizzard play host to Aberdeen in a preseason game Sept. 14 at Larson Ice Center, and the two teams face off again Sept. 15 in Aberdeen.
The regular season gets underway on Sept. 19 at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn., when the Blizzard take on the Amarillo Bulls at 8 p.m.
The Blizzard play their first home games on Sept. 28 and 29 when they take on the Minot Minotauros.