Restocking The Cupboard: Sam Lofquist
Posted by Dan Shrader on Sunday, April 10, 2011
Defense, Guelph Storm (OHL)
6'2", 200 lbs.
College Hockey fans, most notably Golden Gopher hockey fans, might recognize the name; Lofquist played for the University of Minnesota in the 2008-09 season, before leaving the team, dropping out of school, and taking his talents to Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League. Prior to his short time at Minnesota, Lofquist spent a year at Shattuck St. Mary's and two years playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI.
From Brock Otten of OHL Prospects:
"After leaving the University of Minnesota, this former U.S. National team member become a rock for the Guelph Storm. His arrival (as well as the improvement on the injury front) was a huge reason Guelph was able to turn their season around. He's got a lot of things that NHL teams look for from the back end. He's got very good size at 6'2, 200lbs. He's mobile, physical and he can perform offensively. He's actually got a cannon of a shot from the point and generates a lot of offense from it. Lofquist didn't have a tremendous end to the season and struggled in the playoffs, but I think he was clearly fatigued...something that often happens to departing NCAA players in their first CHL season. I think the way he played most of the season and how important he became to Guelph's resurgence definitely would have gotten him noticed."
Again from Otten:
"This former University of Minnesota defenseman hasn't been in the OHL long, but has definitely been an impact player. He's been the Storm's most important and consistent defenseman the past 2 seasons and deserves a look at the next level. He has size at 6'2, 200lbs, he's mobile, he can play in all situations and he can take the body if need be. Really a jack of all trades type of guy."
Lofquist would sign an Amateur Tryout Agreement with Houston when Guelph's season ended; the article is a tad old, but Guelph lost to Saginaw in the opening round of the OHL playoffs, but there hasn't been anything on the AHL transaction page. It's been reported that Chuck Fletcher is looking on adding more CHL and NCAA free agents, and Lofquist looks like he'll get his chance to impress on a playoff-bound Houston squad.
Houston Aeros play-by-play voice Joe O'Donnell tweeted that Lofquist will make his pro debut today against the Oklahoma City Barons.
Pictures courtesy of Brace Hemmelgran and Storm-Trackers.com respectively.