BROOKINGS, SD The Brookings Blizzard front office announced on Thursday afternoon that Brookings, SD native Carter Krogman has officially made the 2018-19 roster.
“It’s an honor to be able to play in front of family and friends every night,” said Krogman. “Without my experiences growing up In Brookings, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Krogman, 18, is the only player in the organization’s history to reign from Brookings and play for his the hometown team.
“He is ready to play in the NAHL with his great work ethic,” said head coach Moe Mantha. “I’m very excited for Carter and his family for this upcoming season.”
Last season, Krogman split time between the Blizzard and the Sioux Falls Stampede U18 team.
“Carter had a fantastic season for us last year,” said Dan Houck, the Sioux Falls Stampede U18 head coach. “The energy, intensity and work ethic he brought was contagious and a big reason he was chosen as Captain. I look forward to watching him play this season in Brookings and watching his game continue to grow.”
“It was a hard thing to do last year with Carter, but I thought the best thing for Carter’s development was play another year in a Midget program of getting lots of ice time when he played,” said head coach Moe Mantha. “His hard work and dedication to his development has paid off”.
Krogman played high school hockey with the Brookings Rangers (SDAHA). As an eighth grader, he was a member of the Boys Varsity team in 2013-14, where he scored 15 points in 14 games played. His team finished third in the state tournament that same season.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to play for Coach Mantha and represent Brookings on a national level,” said Krogman.
Krogman and the rest of the Blizzard reported to camp on Aug. 24. The preseason games will be played on Sept. 14 at Larson Ice Center against the Aberdeen Wings and then Sept. 15 in Aberdeen.
The regular season gets underway on Sept. 19 at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN when the Blizzard take on the Amarillo Bulls at 8pm (CST). The Blizzard will play their first home games on Sept. 28 and 29 when they take on the Minot Minotauros at Larson Ice Center.