Frisch prepares for career at UND

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Head coach Brad Berry thinks his defensive unit will be a strength of the team this year.

The unit brings back seven players from last season and one of the new faces hoping to make an impact didn't have to come from far to get to Grand Forks.

Moorhead's Ethan Frisch is finishing up his first training camp with UND.

"I remember coming to these games with my dad and playing bubble hockey at intermission and watching the games, the warm-ups, it's going to be awesome," Frisch said about playing inside Ralph Engelstad Arena.

He joins an established group, but, he's already is making an impression with his teammates and his coach.

"He's a pretty headsy player," senior captain Colton Poolman said of Frisch. "He plays well with the puck. He sees the ice very well and he's crisp. I like just how crisp he is in everything that he does, his puck touches, his skating ability is right there. You've got to be a good skater at this level if you're a d-man. His transitions and everything are really good. When you're skating like that you'll pick up the other stuff pretty quick too."

"He's a guy that when you throw him over the boards a a coach you have a lot of trust in," Berry said. "Obviously he's a first year player and he hasn't played a game for us yet, but in the recruiting process and just watching him, he's a guy that has really good responsibility. He's a team first player and a hard guy to play against and has very good skill. So when you look at it, we've had players through North Dakota here, guys like Paul LaDue and Troy Stecher, he has a lot of those qualities."

For Frisch the opportunity to play for the college team he cheered for growing up is a dream come true.

"Legendary place to be, legendary program, the facilities are amazing. It's just really special to be a part of it," said Frisch.