Roseau's Ness to Leave Gophers, Sign with IslandersAaron Ness says he will skip his senior season to sign a pro contract with the NHL's New York Isladners
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Gophers defenseman Aaron Ness says he will skip his senior season and sign his pro contract with the New York Islanders.
Gophers coach Don Lucia released a statement on Wednesday saying the Roseau, Minn., native will be missed.
Lucia says Ness "was a terrific leader and you could count on him to be the hardest worker in practice and he competed hard in every game. At 20, he has a bright future."
Ness had two goals and 12 assists in 35 games this season for the Gophers, who were eliminated in the first round of the WCHA tournament.
He was a second-round pick of the Islanders in 2008 after starring in high school at Roseau.