Skjei was known for his speed on the ice and defensive ability on the blue line while with the Gophers, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention honors after his sophomore and junior seasons. In 109 career games at Minnesota, the Lakeville native recorded 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) and helped the Gophers win three straight regular season conference titles and three trips to the NCAA tournament.””Brady had a terrific career here at the University of Minnesota, helping us earn three regular-season titles, a playoff title and three NCAA tournament berths,” head coach Don Lucia said in a statement. “He has beena great program guy – a guy who always put the team first – and we look forward to seeing him continue to develp as a professional player.”Skjei had the option of turning pro last year, but opted to stay at Minnesota along with teammates Hudson Fasching, Kyle Rau, Mike Reilly, and Adam Wilcox for a shot at a national title. The Gophers were not able to live up to lofty expectations this year, and several of Skjei’s former teammates may now join him in the professional ranks. Skjei is the fourth Minnesota player to sign a professional contract after the 2014-15 season after seniors Seth Ambroz, Travis Boyd and Rau. Skjei Leaves Gophers for Pros Ben GotzApril 1, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUpdated at 3:20 p.m. with statement from Skjei.The Gophers have their first early departure of the last two years.Junior defenseman Brady Skjei will forego his senior season after agreeing to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The news was first reported by Let’s Play Hockey.Skjei was the lone first round draft pick on the Gophers roster last season, after being selected 28th overall by the Rangers in the 2012 National Hockey League draft. Skjei will report to the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Harford Wolf Pack, on an amateur tryout.”I have had the best three years of my life at the University of Minnesota, and I will always be proud to be a part of the Gopher hockey program. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates, coaches and fans,” Skjei said in a statement.
CMP: Cable gland, cleat and accessory specialist CMP will be showcasing its range of rail-specific products, which have been supplied for high-profile projects including London’s Crossrail and metro lines in Dubai and Doha.TruSeal is the company’s new range of polymer cable glands to suit a variety of industrial applications. Also on display will be the SOLO cable gland range, manufactured from low smoke and fume materials and approved for use on the London Underground.
Girls basketball district semifinals tip off Wednesday night for Divisions III and IV throughout Northeast Ohio.The Division I Elyria District also will play its double header at Elyria Catholic High School.Here are tonight’s games, starting with Division I.Division IRegion 2 Broadview Heights/NorwalkElyria DistrictOlmsted Falls 42 Avon Lake 39Avon 35 Amherst Steele 33Division IIIRegion 9 Cuyahoga FallsNorth Ridgeville District (both games played at North Ridgeville High School)Gilmour Academy 76 Trinity 21Lutheran West 40 Kirtland 38Ravenna District (both games played at Ravenna High School)Garfield 64 Brookfield 22Champion 45 Newton Falls 42Division IVRegion 13 MassillonNorwayne District (both games played at Norwayne High School)Lake Ridge Academy 40 Rittman 16Dalton 48 St. Thomas Aquinas 46 Related Topics Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.