Northern Michigan hockey captain Joseph Nardi taking a faceoff against Michigan Tech during a game in 2021.
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Thirteen NCAA players abandon their team after awful season

Published April 3, 2024 at 6:50 PM

With the NCAA hockey season coming to an end the transfer portal has opened. This afternoon reports have confirmed that a team in the NCAA has lost essentially their entire roster to the transfer portal.

With the NCAA's Frozen Four on the horizon college hockey interest is at an all-time high. For teams out of the tournament focus has turned to next year and bringing in new talent. For the Northern Michigan Wildcats, they will have to bring in a lot of new talent as essentially their entire roster entered the transfer portal.

Mass exodus ongoing at NMU with 13 players and counting in the portal. It's completely unprecedented to see a team essentially dissolve. I'm trying to imagine the impact. Hard to wrap your head around really.

The transfer portal has become a huge part of NCAA sports over the last couple of years. However, this is the first year that hockey has been majorly impacted. Beyond Northern Michigan teams like Wisconsin and Quinnipiac have seen major losses due to the transfer portal. This offseason Wisconsin has lost several NHL prospects including former first-round pick Charlie Stramel.

As many expected, Wisconsin's Charlie Stramel enters the transfer portal today. Hearing it's likely he remains in the B10

As the NCAA offseason continues it will be interesting to see where all of these players land and how teams recover. The transfer portal seems to not be going anywhere as teams get used to it whoever can weaponize the system best could become an NCAA powerhouse.
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Thirteen NCAA players abandon their team after awful season

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