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COLLEGE HOCKEY: Thief River Falls player gets full-ride scholarship to UMass-Lowell

Chris Forney received a full-ride scholarship offer from UMass-Lowell this week and had to decide by Saturday whether to take it.

The Thief River Falls native didn’t need that long.

Forney accepted the offer Wednesday and will play his college hockey for the River Hawks beginning in the fall.

“I felt it was a good situation and I took it,” said Forney, who is currently playing for the Langley Rivermen in the British Columbia Hockey League. “I really liked what they had to say. I’ve heard nothing but great things about their coaching staff.”

Although Forney hasn’t made a visit to Lowell (he will after his season), he discussed the program with teammate Evan Anderson, who also is committed to Lowell, and River Hawk freshman Evan Campbell, who played in Langley last season.

“They told me it’s a top-tier program and that they have great facilities and great people,” Forney said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things.”

Forney, the brother of former UND forward Michael Forney, is having a strong season in the BCHL, where his Langley team begins the second round of the playoffs tonight. Forney posted four goals and 30 points during the regular season and was the team’s top defenseman.

“He has a two-way ability with offensive instincts and strong skating skills,” Rivermen associate head coach and assistant general manager Jon Calvano said. “We’re really happy with Chris committing to UMass-Lowell. It’s well deserved on his part.”

Forney said he also had an offer from Bowling Green and was in discussions with St. Cloud State, but he will head East.

“Growing up in Minnesota, all you know is the WCHA and now the NCHC,” Forney said. “But I know that Hockey East is a really good league and I think it’s going to be a cool experience going out there and playing.”

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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