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Connor Gaarder
Player Profile:
Connor Gaarder 773121
Position: Forward
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 198
Year: Senior
Hometown: Edina, Minn.
Club: Coulee Region-NAHL
Major: Entrepreneurship
  • Connor Gaarder Career Statistics

2014-15 (Senior): Assistant captain ... Received team’s Cliff “Fido” Purpur Award as the player who exemplifies hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice … Named to NCHC All-Academic Team for second straight year ... Established career highs in points (20), goals (10), assists (10) and plus/minus (plus-11) ... Tied for the team lead with a career-high five game-winning goals, tying him for ninth nationally ... Reached the scoresheet in eight of his last 12 games with seven goals and two assists during that stretch ... Had three goals and 11 points in his first 30 games ... Notched a power-play goal in UND’s 5-3 loss to Boston University in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal (April 9) … Scored a team-leading three goals during the conference playoffs, tied for fourth among all NCHC players ... Scored the game-winning goal in four of UND’s last seven victories, including the Game Two series-clincher in UND’s NCHC Quarterfinals series against Colorado College ... Scored GWG one week earlier (March 6) in UND’s 2-1 win at Miami that clinched the Penrose Cup outright ... Also had the GWG in both games of UND’s sweep of St. Cloud State one week before that (Feb. 27-28) ... His first GWG this season came on Dec. 5 against Lake Superior State when UND turned a 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 victory ... Led all UND forwards and tied for fifth among NCHC forwards with 35 blocked shots … Earned fourth letter.

2013-14 (Junior): Named to NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team ... Earned Academic All-NCHC honors ... Named UND’s Male Unsung Hero (all sports) ... Scored the double-overtime game-winner in UND’s 2-1 win over Ferris State in the NCAA Midwest Region final (March 29) ... Also tallied UND’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Minnesota in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal … Established career highs in games (42), points (17), goals (9), assists (8) and plus/minus (plus-7) ... His nine goals exceeded the eight combined goals he scored his first two seasons ... All 17 of his points came in the last 31 games of the season after being held off the scoresheet in his first 11 games ... His four goals combined between the NCHC and NCAA tournaments led all NCHC players … Scored a pair of first-period goals and was named the No. 1 star in UND’s 5-0 win vs. Western Michigan in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff third-place game (March 22) ... His first goal stood as the game-winner, his first GWG of the season ... Snapped a 5-game point drought with an assist in Game 3 of UND’s NCHC Quarterfinal best-of-3 series vs. Colorado College (March 14-16) ... Was also a plus-2 in that game ... Other multi-goal game of the season was a 2-goal effort at No. 5 St. Cloud State (Feb. 28) in a 5-2 win ... Had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win vs. St. Lawrence (Nov. 30) ... Scored a power-play goal in each game of the St. Lawrence series (Nov. 29-30) … Earned third letter.

2012-13 (Sophomore): Named to his first All-WCHA Academic Team ... Established career highs in points (11) and assists (7) and matched his career-best with four goals ... Scored all four of his goals during non-conference play, including a hat trick in a 4-2 win over No. 12 Boston University (Nov. 2) ... Also tallied the game-winner against the Terriers ... Had a season-high five shots on goal in that game ... His other goal came in a 3-2 win over No. 20 Holy Cross (Jan. 5) ... Earned second letter.

2011-12 (Freshman): Had four goals and six assists in 33 games ... Tied for second among UND freshmen with a plus- rating ... Scored the first goal in both games of UND’s WCHA first-round sweep over Bemidji State (March 9-10) ... Was also a plus-2 in the series ... Was named WCHA Rookie of the Week on Jan. 4 after a 4-point series against Harvard (Dec. 30-31) ... Had a goal and two assists for his first career 3-point game in a 7-3 series finale win ... Scored his first career goal the night before in a 4-4 tie ... Was a +3 in that series ... Collected his first collegiate point with an assist in UND’s 7-6 win over No. 4 Colorado College (Nov. 25) … Earned first letter.

Before UND: Spent the 2010-11 season with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) ... Amassed 61 points in 58 games, including 24 goals and a team-leading 37 assists ... Scored nine power-play goals ... Added eight points in nine playoff games ... Was invited to the NAHL Top Prospects tournament in Boston, where he collected nine points in seven games ... Played for the NAHL’s North Iowa Outlaws in 2009-10 and scored 13 goals and 13 assists in 58 games ... A 2009 graduate of Edina High School ... Prep teammate of former UND defenseman Joe Gleason while at Edina High School ... Grandson of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns.

Personal: Majoring in entrepreneurship ... Son of Tim Gaarder and Erin Burns.

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