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Moorhead's Kosobud, Randklev headed to Arizona State for hockey

Moorhead's Carter Randklev beats Hill-Murray goalie Jake Begley in the second period for a tally Thursday, March 9, 2017, during the Minnesota Class 2A state boys hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. David Samson / Forum News Service1 / 2
Carson Kosobud of Moorhead advances the puck to teammate Ethan Frisch under pressure from Ryan Copeland of St. Michael-Albertville during the Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, game at Moorhead Sports Center. Dave Wallis / The Forum2 / 2

MOORHEAD -- When Moorhead junior forward Carter Randklev was 13 years old, he billeted with the family of senior defenseman Carson Kosobud, as his family made the move from Fergus Falls, Minn., to Moorhead.

The two are now headed to Arizona State to play hockey together.  

ASU’s men’s hockey team got commitments from both Kosobud and Randklev the last two days. Kosobud announced his commitment to the Sun Devils on Thursday, April 20, and Randklev announced his commitment on Friday, April 21.

“I wanted to be part of their upcoming tradition and hopefully establishing how good Arizona State will be in a few years,” Randklev said. “Committing to a college is not something you want to do early necessarily, but I just felt like Arizona was the best fit for me as a college.”

ASU just finished its second year of existence and first season with a full Division I schedule as an independent. The Sun Devils are hoping to be in a conference for the 2017-18 season.

“That’s a program that a lot of people are unfamiliar with and what they have and what they can provide,” Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman said. “You would think that they would have the funding to do some pretty incredible things, but on the hockey circuit they’re on the cusp of one of the next teams. We’ll see what they got. They played competitive with some teams last year, but they were still making that transition.

“Their next big challenge is to find a league. I would think just the school in general and to part of something new is the draw. When you live in Moorhead, Minnesota, going to Tempe (Ariz.) that has to be a little of a draw.”

Both Kosobud and Randklev helped lead the Spuds to the Minnesota Class 2A state hockey championship game this season. Randklev finished with 60 points in 31 games, including 14 points in six games in the playoffs. Kosobud finished with 17 points in 31 games in his senior season.

“Kosobud has the build and the skills for Division I. He’s learning to put it all together,” Ammerman said. “Randklev’s hockey IQ is extremely high and his skills is something not everybody has. His abilities are there, but he just needs to grow. Carter could be a huge steal for them.”

Kosobud played three seasons on varsity for Moorhead, finishing with 32 points in 78 games. He moved from Fargo to Arizona at the age of 4, while his dad played in the West Coast Hockey League. Kosobud returned to Moorhead 10 years later to play high school hockey in Minnesota.

After Kosobud committed on Thursday, he spoke to Randklev on the phone for about an hour about playing together again. Randklev committed the next day.

“It’s obviously nice knowing a kid that’s down there,” Randklev said.

Randklev first skated around 3 years old at Satellite Arena in Fergus Falls. Now, he’s headed to a place a bit warmer.

“When you’re that young, it’s not really worth thinking about. You don’t know what Division I hockey is,” Randklev said. “As you grow up and get older, you start to realize that I can maybe go to college and get college paid for by just playing a sport. That’s what I’ve been working toward. It’s finally paid off.”

Randklev said he plans to play his senior season for Moorhead.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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