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Published May 06, 2010, 03:32 PM

Genoway will return to UND for senior season

Manitoba native missed 35 games last season with concussion

By: Pat Sweeney, WDAZ Sports

UND senior defenseman and team captain Chay Genoway announced Thursday that he will return to the Fighting Sioux men's hockey team for the 2010-11 season.

Genoway missed the final 35 games of last season, after sustaining a concussion caused by an illegal hit in a Nov. 13 game against St. Cloud State. The Morden, Manitoba, native applied for and received a medical hardship from the NCAA, giving him a fifth year of eligibility.

"I feel like I let my teammates down a little bit (last season) by not having the opportunity to be out there with them," Genoway said at a news conference at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Genoway says he is not yet medically cleared to play, but has been working out and doing some light skating. He says he expects to be ready by the start of next season in October.

"In the end, it wasn't a very tough decision for me, knowing the guys we have coming back, the coaching staff and the comfort level I have here," Genoway said. "I'm just really excited. I wish it was October."

In nine games before his injury, Genoway led all WCHA defensemen with 10 points and four power-play goals. UND was 7-1-1 with Genoway in the lineup. Despite missing most of the season, Genoway was named to the 2009-10 All-WCHA Third Team.

UND Coach Dave Hakstol says he's proud of how Genoway handled the situation.

"For him to have the confidence to come back to the (UND) program, and to have that type of commitment to the program means as much as anything to all of us," Hakstol said.

Genoway's teammates are also happy about his decision.

"It's going to be huge to have him in the locker room and have him back for another year," said forward Brad Malone.

Forward Brett Hextall said if Genoway is healthy, "he's one of the top few defensemen in the country."

A three-time All-WCHA selection, Genoway was a second-team AHCA All-American in 2008-09, when he recorded a career-high 32 points in 42 games. He was also named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the All-WCHA First Team. That season Genoway was also named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American third team and received his second straight WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award.

The Fighting Sioux went 25-13-5 last season and won the Broadmoor Trophy as Red Baron WCHA Final Five champions. UND also secured its eighth consecutive berth in the NCAA postseason tournament, the longest active streak in the WCHA.

(Some information in this article was provided by the University of North Dakota.)