The University of North Dakota had a couple of roster announcements today as freshman forward Adam Tambellini has announced he is leaving UND to play in major juniors in the WHL. He's signed with the Calgary Hitman after they acquired his rights from the Portland Winterhawks.
"I don't have much to comment on," says UND head coach Dave Hakstol. "That's his choice. This isn't an easy place to play or be successful and nor should it be. He made his own personal choice."
Tambellini, a 6-foot-3 freshman saw action in 16 of the green and white's 18 games this season and recorded two goals and two assists in the action. He is a third-round pick, 65th overall, of the New York Rangers from last June's NHL draft.
"It's hockey you know, I guess he made his decision on where he wants to play," says former UND teammate Zane Gothberg. "I hope the best for him."
Tambellini is in the starting lineup for Calgary Wednesday evening.
He is the son of former NHL executive Steve Tambellini and his brother, Jeff, played at Michigan through 2005 before going on to play in 242 NHL games.
The departure seems to mean little to his former teammates in Grand Forks though as they have to focus on their task at hand, and their own futures.
"At the end of the day we have to worry about CC this weekend. In that dressing room we're not going to worry about it right now," says senior captain Dillon Simpson.
At the same time former Fargo Force forward Bryn Chyzyk is cleared to return to the UND squad.
Chyzyk was indefinitely suspended in December after allegedly failing to pay a cab fair estimated at $4.
Hakstol told media today the freshman forward had met all expectations and requirements of the team university and therefore earned his spot back with the team.