5 Wildcats on the move


Journal Sports Editor

MARQUETTE — Five Northern Michigan University hockey players who have entered the NCAA transfer portal are now listed as signing with another school.

That’s according to an online story from the Grand Forks, North Dakota, Herald that is being updated periodically.

As of April 8, just one of 14 players from last season’s Wildcats team who had been listed in the portal was also listed with a new school.

That number has increased during the past week, even as the story authored by Brad Elliott Schlossman is still listed with its most recent update being the morning of April 8.

But one non-NMU player is now also listed as coming to Marquette for next season — senior forward Garrett Dahm of Mercyhurst.



The source cited for Dahm coming to Northern is an X (formerly Twitter) account from “Sydney Wolf” (@sydneyisawolf), who cites Dahm’s Instagram account.

On the X post dated Friday, Dahm is listed as Mercyhurst’s leading scorer last season with seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points.

At the Mercyhurst hockey website, https://hurstathletics.com/sports/mens-ice-hockey, Dahm is listed at 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds from Swansea, Illinois, who had before Mercyhurst played for the Minnesota-based Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League.

On the Mercyhurst site’s individual statistics for the 2023-24 season, Dahm is also listed with a plus-minus of plus-2, tied for the third highest on a team that was outscored by 28 goals and had an overall record of 9-22-4 and Atlantic Hockey Association mark of 7-15-4.

Dahm also had three power play and one shorthanded goal for the Erie, Pennsylvania, school that at one time played in the GLIAC with NMU in numerous NCAA Division II sports.

The X post can be found at https://twitter.com/sydneyisawolf, while Schlossman’s transfer portal is story is located at https://www.grandforksherald.com/sports/und-hockey/the-2024-mens-college-hockey-transfer-portal-tracker.



A week ago, the only NMU transfer portal player listed with a new team was last year’s senior Michael Colella, who had joined New York state-based Canisius of the AHA.

Of the other 13 Wildcats listed in Schlossman’s story but not committed to a new school, now one more has also landed out east, with three others headed west.

An eastern move was also made by last year’s sophomore Isack Bandu, a defenseman who had a goal and four assists with Northern, and is headed to St. Lawrence of the 12-school ECAC that includes a half-dozen Ivy League schools.

The other three NMU committed transfers are going to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Two are headed to St. Cloud State, including possibly the best transferring player, sophomore defenseman Josh Zinger.

With three goals and 20 points last season, he was a CCHA Player of the Week twice last season.

The other transfer to St. Cloud is junior goaltender Charlie Glockner, Northern’s No. 2 man in the nets last season.

Going to Arizona State is last year’s senior forward Artem Shlaine, who is a fifth-round NHL draft pick of the New Jersey Devils and scored 10 goals and had 23 points last season.

Each of these new transfers is cited in various X posts.



The list of 14 total players entering the transfer portal from the NMU hockey team remains unchanged this week, leaving nine Wildcats on the “uncommitted” list.

They include these players, listed in the order they’re on the online site. Each player is listed with last season’s year of eligibility and his goals, assists and points last season for skaters and saves percentage for goalies:

Forwards — Kristof Papp, senior, 6-13–19; Kevin Marx Noren, freshman, 4-13–17; Mitch Deelstra, senior, 1-2–3; Zach Michaelis, sophomore, 0-3–3; Brendan Poshak, freshman, 0-0–0; Travis Hensrud, freshman, did not play

Defensemen — Aiden Gallacher, senior, 3-5–8

Goalies — Beni Halasz, sophomore, .901; Carsen Stokes, freshman, did not play



This week’s lists with Schlossman’s story include a total of 295 players, up 21 from last week.

Of those, 112 are listed as committed to a new school, 38.0% of the total.

Last week, just 58 players were listed as committed, a 93% increase in a week.

That likely will be the trend as his story also cites his 2023 portal numbers when 74.2% of those in the portal transferred to another Division I program and just 2.1% stayed with their current team.

Of the 112 committed, just 14 are listed as coming to CCHA schools, including Dahm at NMU.

Three are listed as going to St. Thomas; two each to Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Bowling Green State and Bemidji State; and one each to Ferris State and Augustana. None are listed for Minnesota State-Mankato.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 552. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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