Young faces learning curve at Colorado College

Fargo Force alumni Ian Young recently completed his freshman season with Colorado College, which is his fourth stop in three seasons. Young started the 2009-10 season with Wichita of the North American Hockey League before finishing the year with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League.

After combining for 22 points in 60 games between Wichita and Chicago in 2009-10, Young returned to Chicago to start the following season. He put up 10 points in 20 games before being dealt to the Fargo Force, where he finished up the season.

Young helped give the Force a little more offense from the blue line and he was part of a late season run that got Fargo into the second round of the USHL playoffs. Young had 14 points in 38 regular season games in Fargo.

The junior hockey success didn’t immediately parlay into success at the college level. Young played in only 10 games as a freshman, recording three assists. Ice was hard to come by during his rookie campaign.

Colorado College had three pretty darn good offensive defensemen last season. Gabe Guentzel picked up 26 points, while Michael Boivin had 25. Another former Force player, Eamonn McDermott picked up 10 points during the season.

Guentzel is now with Syracuse of the American Hockey League, where he earned one point in 16 games including playoffs.

The Tigers lost one other defenseman, but will potentially return six defensemen including Young for the 2012-13 season. The Red Deer, Alberta native will need to continue to progress if he hopes to get regular shifts next season.

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