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Genoway to Return For Sioux

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Chay Genoway has decided to return to North Dakota for another season, after recently being granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA.

Genoway had his senior season cut short by a concussion suffered in mid-November on an illegal hit by St. Cloud State's Aaron Marvin. A Hobey Baker Award candidate, the defenseman had 10 points in the first nine games before the injury.

Genoway was plagued by post-concussion issues, and the Sioux lost in the first round of the NCAAs, as Genoway never returned.

“In my gut and in my heart, the decision was pretty easy,” Genoway said. “All along, this place has always had my heart and my mind.
“Every guy who has played here will tell you that they loved every moment. I can tell you that I’ve loved every moment I’ve been here. I didn’t want to cut that short.”

Like last off-season, Genoway turned down free agent offers from NHL teams to return to Grand Forks.

“He’s a tremendous person,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “He’s our most experienced player on the ice and in big-game situations. Obviously, with some of the experiences he’s gone through during the last six months, he’s only added to his presence.

“I’m excited to see him have the chance to finish what he started on his own terms.”

So far, the Sioux haven't lost anyone from last year's roster except the two seniors — forwards Chris VandeVelde and Darcy Zajac.

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