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North Dakota’s young forwards provide excitement on the ice.
#29 Jordan Kawaguchi
- Abbotsford, British Columbia
The sophomore affectionately known as “Guch” was awarded North Dakota’s Most Improved Player Award after 2017-18. He and teammate Cole Smith (center) were co-recipients of the honor. As just a freshman, Kawaguchi racked up 14 assists and five goals. That assist mark was best among Fighting Hawks freshman. Now, he looks to see those numbers improve in only his second season with North Dakota.
#26 Cole Smith
- Brainerd, Minnesota
Budding in his sophomore season, Smith saw action in 37 games last year. He had a high plus-7 rating, tied for sixth on the roster. While he only scored five goals and dished out five assists, he was invaluable to the team as a whole.
#16 Grant Mismash
- Edina, Minnesota
Mismash was perhaps North Dakota’s most valuable freshman last season. By season’s end, he was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team and was UND’s Male Freshman of the Year across all sports. Mismash scored nine goals in 2017-18 and led all NCHC freshman with a staggering 94 shots on goal. The Edina product started 2018-19 strong, scoring a power play goal against Manitoba on October 6. And netting one against Bemidji State.