Restocking The Cupboard: Sam Lofquist



Sam Lofquist
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.

*EDIT*

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.

22 comments:

  1. Although the Aeros do need another body since half of their team is in St. Paul, this organization doesn't need another quitter.

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  2. In 6 CHL playoff games this post season Sam Lofquist had 8 points (3 Goals/5 Assists) for the Guelph Storm (OHL).

    In Lofquist's first game with the Houston Aeros 4/10/11 he had 1 point (1 A) and 4 shots on goal. Nice, solid start.

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  3. He did a great job tonight, got his first pro apple and got on the PP some late in the game. Seems to have decent hockey sense, apparent even as he was working to get up to pro speed tonight. Nice addition if we have injuries down the playoff line.

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  4. Another quitter? LOL you are an idiot Nate! Lofquist is the furthest thing from a quitter. He was at a crap program at the U of MN where his talent wasn't being utilized by douche bag Don Lucia. What do you expect him to do? Happily ride the bench and take it all smiling? Why do you think the Islanders GM Garth snow ripped Lucia a new one!??! Because he doesn't utilize player's talents or make them better! He was more concerned with getting his bratty son ice time than actually putting up a W. Why do you think the program has gone to shit of recent?

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  5. OK Dad. We know you got it in for the U of M and that's why you moved your boy outta there. We're HAPPY for Ya! There's a reason he's already over 21 and hasn't been drafted. He's not tough enough to play at the NHL level. He's a finesse defenseman not a physical one. A finesse defenseman who's a step slow skating won't stop anyone at the blue line at the next level. Bad Combo. Every time he's in a fight he gets his ASS handed to him. If I'm seeing it then so are the scouts...

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  6. The view from a Guelph fan who makes it to MN from Onatario a few times a year: Sam Lofquist is a solid all-around D that is about as north and south a player as I’ve ever seen. He can cover the best and fastest and is very tough deep in the D zone – especially along the boards he seems to always get it up and out under the most intense pressure (including PK). He is poised with the puck when it counts. He creates scores in the clutch and is a glue guy. His shot is a real weapon and is deadly fast and on the mark. While finesse is an aspect of his game, he has an intensity and physicality to his game and plays with an edge in the battle - And he wins the battles.

    In an article up here Sam was quoted as having great respect and gratitude toward University of Minnesota hockey program players and coaches and that his family still supports them. Sam stated that he was a late bloomer. I think his coming to Guelph is a case where he needed more NHL style games (117 in 1.5 seasons) to develop his potential, which still has much more upside. Sam is a good person and we wish him luck.

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  7. Thanks for the "honest" assessment Dad. Not sayin this is a bad player. He's really good with really good skills. But everybody has great skills at this level. Just sayin he consistently hasn't shown the intensity or the meanness on the ice to take it to the next level. As to being a "late bloomer," how can anyone make THAT claim? All he has done all of his life is play hockey. He played at the U of M and NTDP! Gordie Howe was the nicest person off the ice but the meanest on the ice.

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  8. Wildaholic
    How about 17-year-old Jonas Brodin who didn't score during the regular season in the Swedish Elite League, though he had two goals in 14 playoffs games. He had four assists plus 12 penalty minutes in 42 games. Are you good at “remote viewing/ESP” so you will tell us that he is no Gordie Howe, either? How about Mario Lucia, he’s no Gordie Howe. I’m glad that the Wild scouts have much better eyes than the “genius” above! Sam Lofquist and Mario Lucia will make great teammates! Also, great trade in return for Burns. Go Wild!

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  9. Not talking about JUST the Wild scouts Dad. Your boy has been past up for four drafts by ALL teams when his peers WERE drafted. The scouts are seein what Im talkin about. This kid is a 1/2 step slow, and NOT a physical defenseman. He's solid on a lot of areas, and really good in a couple of areas. You can't teach speed or size now. Maybe he'll grind long enough to make it to the bigtime but the odds are waaay against him now. The only reason you don't see what everyone else sees is that you have been watching him since peewees and you think he is the next coming of Bobby Orr.

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  10. Hey, Hater: You can’t be from the OHL if you keep making comments about U of M (where Lofquist skipped H.S. senior year to play) and NTDP (where he played NCAA top D1 colleges while in high school) and your spelling of “defenseman” (U.S. spelling). ‘Guelph named Lofquist “Best Defenceman of the Year” by those who saw him because of his tough and very reliable play against top OHL players, especially in playoffs where he lifted his mates and shutdown the enemy’ (Waterloo). This “1/2 slow” is non-sense, since Lofquist was the guy used to shut down the top players in the O. Fact is, he’s got good speed and nice size, despite your babbling “Dad”, “peewees” and your non-coherent “evaluation” of his play in the O.

    Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury June 24, 2011 – ‘Andrey Pedan [drafted 2011 # 63 by, NY Islanders] had just 12 points in 51 regular season games but eight points in six playoff contests.
    "I could feel myself playing better in the playoffs than the regular season," said Pedan, who gave credit to being partnered with Sam Lofquist in the playoffs. [Lofquist had 8 pts – 3 G/5A/star of the game 3 times in six playoff contests]’.

    Sounds like you are sour grapes that he left for the O to finish his growing up. “Southside Johnny” post on our website has been traced. You’re busted as a hater.

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  11. You are hilarious because you don't fool anyone with all of your fake identities and posts. I am definitely not a hater. Just honest. Unlike you Dad.

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  12. “…much maligned [U of MN Hockey] assistant coach in charge of the defense John Hill has been fired.” Any connection here?

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  13. Good night, Johnny. I hope that your group therapy is helping you feel better. I’m glad to hear you’re no longer a hater.
    Love, Dad

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  14. Thanks for the Love and for admitting who you really are, Dad. BTW I could call you by your real name if you prefer... good luck to you and your multiple personalities and identities. I really do hope your boy makes it into those NHL paydays so that he will be able to support you and all of your delusions.

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  15. Okay,
    What I am now realizing is that the one guy, hiding behind "anonymous" is probably somebody that Lofquist beat out at one point or another. Really persistent little wretch.
    Anyway, I am not Dad. I use to play with Lofquist and think he's one of the best.
    You can take your ball and go home, "angry anonymous". Find another cause to beat up. This one has gotten old.

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  16. Everyone knows dad and his reputation....your son is now an adult, time to let him be an adult. Poor Sam has suffered because of his dad and his big mouth. Coaches, agents, Team Managers, Scouts, and anyone else that knows him don't answer their phones. When they see him they go the other way. That boy has hung his head on many occasions and has actually told team mates that his dad was going to make him quit hockey if he did not score. I know this because I AM a parent of a player that played with your son. Learn from your mistakes and let the boy be who he is and be proud of who he is. He will be successful no matter what he does in his future.

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  17. anyone who knows dad knows he's not a part of this petty argument. fact: Sam is better than Brock

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  18. soooo, where in the wolrd is he, hmmm? not in NHL. not in OHL. not in hoston or minors? siberia maybe? dad please tell

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  19. Another NHL Draft. Another Bust for this guy. 23 yrs old, going on 40. I suppose old delusional Dad is on suicide watch.

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  20. So let me see if I've got this right. You (anonymous Dad) are berating someone you presume to be another hockey Dad. Step up and let us know who your son is and where he was drafted!! At 22 (not 23) this kid already has more experience and talent than those high school and college draftees who jump too soon. Hope this kid shuts you up someday !
    BTW, where are all those 'prospects' playing who were playing while he sat at Minnesota?
    Have another glass of sour grape juice other Dad!!

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  21. wow i know both dads and i just hope for the best for all of the kids from wisconsin. i coached both kids and i will never forget the great times we had , Adios coach Martinez

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