Union's Gostisbehere will return for junior season
Union hockey fans can rest easy. Sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will be back next season.
Gostisbehere announced his intentions Friday night during my interview with him regarding his being named a second-team All-America. Gostisbehere was selected in the third round of last June's NHL draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.
“I didn’t know it was possible,” Gostisbehere said about being named an All-America. “It’s totally awesome. I’m definitely shocked. I’m very happy about our season. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to. We came pretty close. Some people didn’t expect us to get that far.
“I’m just looking forward to next season. Just watching all these playoff games really tears you up inside. You wish you were there.”
When I asked him if that meant he would return for his junior year, Gostisbehere said, “I’m definitely coming back. I’m definitely excited. It was never in my plans to leave. I was always coming back. We’re going to have a great team. We’re losing a lot, but we have some good guys coming in. I’m really excited and ready to go.”
And that pleases Union coach Rick Bennett.
“From the conversations with Shayne, ‘Ghostsbusters’ is coming back,” Bennett said. “We’re extremely happy.”
On Monday, Dutchmen junior goalie Troy Grosenick signed with the San Jose Sharks, forgoing his senior season.