Lindblad Re-Commits to Dartmouth
Prized Recruit Had Backed Out of Commitment, Appeared Headed to Wisconsin
CHN Staff Report
The case of prized recruit Matt Lindblad took another turn today. According to sources, Lindblad, making a lot of news in college hockey before ever playing an NCAA game, has decided to turn down Wisconsin, and will attend Dartmouth after all.
As widely reported last week (and commented on in our blog), Lindblad was a Dartmouth recruit who decided — while being openly courted or not — to switch his commitment to Wisconsin. The Badgers have lost a number of players to the pros this summer, and because the Ivy Leagues don't use a Letter of Intent, Lindblad was free to move anywhere.
The news created a stir in the college hockey world, again raising ethical concerns about recruiting players who have already committed elsewhere. Wisconsin itself has lost players under similar circumstances.
Lindblad was a standout forward for Sioux Falls of the USHL last season.
Sources say that Lindblad decided to check out his options, calling a couple of schools and making a visit to Wisconsin. But, after the visit, he decided to honor his commitment to Dartmouth after all.
Wisconsin, which lost the NCAA championship game in April, was braced for some expected losses, especially on the backline. But then forward Derek Stepan decided to forego his final two years of eligibility to sign with the New York Rangers, a move that was not expected.
Ivy League coaches are not allowed to comment on players until they are officially enrolled at the school. Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves could not be reached for comment.