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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published April 10 2013

Duluth product gives verbal to UND hockey

GRAND FORKS – Trevor Olson remembers watching the University of North Dakota play hockey while growing up in Duluth, Minn.

“I always thought that they played the same way that I do,” Olson said.

So, when the time came to pick a college, Olson knew where he would fit in.

The 19-year-old forward, who is currently playing for the Sioux City Musketeers in the United States Hockey League, verbally committed to UND on Wednesday and will come to campus in the fall of 2014.

“I just thought it was a great fit,” Olson said. “I went up there and visited last weekend. I loved what they had. I met some guys there, and they were great, and the coaching staff is great.”

Olson, who played at Duluth East High School, is a late bloomer, according to Sioux City coach Brett Larson, who watched Olson grow up in Duluth. Larson was an assistant coach at Minnesota-Duluth until 2011.

Olson sustained a knee injury as a senior in high school and didn’t get a lot of attention. He started in Green Bay this season and tallied 16 points in 31 games until he was traded to Sioux City.

Once he arrived in Sioux City, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound forward earned top-line minutes, producing 30 points in 30 games for the Musketeers.

“He’s a big power forward who brings a physical element to the game,” Larson said. “He can also make plays. He’s kind of like a pro-style power forward.

“He was recruited by the top schools in the country. North Dakota did a good job.”

Olson said he chose UND over Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State and Massachusetts-Lowell.

“They said they needed a big power forward that can work at both ends of the ice and take the body,” Olson said. “I thought I could fill that role pretty well.”

Olson says he knows the family of former UND defenseman Derek Forbort very well. He played with both of Derek’s brothers in Duluth and is looking forward to following in his footsteps at UND.

“I’m really excited to be going there,” he said.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald