The Moorhead hockey season is one many grow up dreaming of.
"I love playing hockey for Moorhead. I wouldn't have it any other way right now," says Moorhead senior Aaron Herdt.
But it's a season that almost wasn't. Moorhead Captain Aaron Herdt was drafted by the Fargo Force his sophomore year and made that debut last year following the Minnesota High School season.
He started this season with the Force and netted two goals in 14 games. After those 14 games Herdt made the decision to return to his high school team.
"Just all the Moorhead pride that I have. I love playing here," explains Herdt. "You go through the youth program when you're this big and it's kind of hard to give it up."
"High school hockey is a unique opportunity and once you're old enough it's over," adds Moorhead head coach Jon Ammerman. "And junior hockey has it's pluses but at the same time we have a pretty special product here that we take pride in and there's only so many opportunities to make it down to St. Paul."
And the Spuds certainly have a much better chance at meeting those expectations with Herdt in the line up.
"To have him: one, from a leadership standpoint but also coming back and playing with that speed in practice and to push our guys on a daily bases has really done wonders for us," says Ammerman.
With dreams of moving on some have to ask, how could he pass up the exposure of the USHL?
"Even my own coach, Coach Ammerman, he had the chance and he played his senior year and he did just fine, he played at St. Cloud and you've got the Cullen's, the Foss's, the Lee's. All those guys," says Herdt. "It's just really special. I love where I'm at. And I'm very grateful and very thankful to be where I'm at right now."
With 16 goals and 12 assists this season the Spuds are very grateful and very thankful and very to have him as well.