The Fargo Force coaching staff has made the final cuts following pre-season play, where the team played five games, two at home versus Lincoln and three on the road in Sioux City and Waterloo.
There are 23 players on the final roster consisting of two goaltenders, eight defensemen and thirteen forwards.
Only six players return from the 2012-13 roster: Butrus Ghafari, Chris Buchanan, Neal Goff, Gage Torrel, Cam Johnson and Brendan Jensen.
Players on the 2012-13 roster that were released from the team this year were forwards Kenny Gillespie, Jared Dedenbach and Tyler Rehm, along with defenseman Charlie Pelnik.
Gillespie will play this upcoming season for the New Jersey Hitmen in the EJHL, Dedenbach will suit up for the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL, Rehm went to the Janesville Jets in the NAHL (will be out for the season with a shoulder injury) and Pelnik to the Langley Rivermen in the BCHL.
This year's roster includes Moorhead product and former Spud Aaron Herdt, as well as Minot product and University of Nebraska-Omaha commit Mason Morelli and Bottineau High product Cody Longie. This year's roster all includes returning goaltender and North Dakota commit Cam Johnson.
The Fargo Force start regular season play at home against the Sioux City Musketeers this Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:05 PM at Scheels Arena.