'Once it happens, then your mind freaks out a bit'; Force's Boynton looks ahead after collapsing during hockey game

April couldn't have started better for Fargo Force goaltender Brennan Boynton. Not only did he commit to his dream college, but he's one of the top goalies in the USHL. Last weekend though everything came to halt in Brennan's usual safe place.

Fargo Force’s Brennan Boynton protects the puck after the Omaha Lancers attempt a goal during their hockey game on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the Scheels Arena in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

FARGO-- It’s a USHL career that Brennan Boynton could only dream of. The 20-year-old is leading the Force in minutes this season and has numbers to support it. He’s played in 44 games, posting a 2.38 goals against average, while recording three shutouts.

“Feels good to be back,” said Boynton.

On April 10th in the Force’s game in Des Moines something didn’t feel right for Brennan before even stepping on the ice.

“Once it kind of happens, then your mind kind of freaks out a bit,” said Boynton.


At the end of the first period, Brennan felt faint. He didn’t even have the strength to make it to the bench before collapsing on the ice.

“I obviously kind of went down, I wasn’t feeling too great. I was just a little dehydrated and then just kind of controlling asthma. I had to kind of figure out asthma. I had some breathing tests done and then they prescribed me with some things," said Boynton.

Brennan was hospitalized in Iowa as he got his asthma treated for, but was able to recover to rejoin the team at practice just three days later.

“It’s something scary but it clears your mind a little bit knowing everything is alright, it’s just a minor thing to get taken care of,” said Boynton.

This ended up becoming the best outcome possible for this University of Minnesota commit. Boynton recently announced he would be joining the Gophers next season, playing alongside some of his current teammates who had his back when he needed it most.

“It was a dream of mine to play for them and the opportunity came and I jumped at it. Everywhere you go it’s a big campus, so it should be exciting. I’ve got three of my teammates going there too, Jake Braccini, Tristan Broz, and Aaron Huglen, so it should be a fun time,” said Boynton.

Brennan also says he is learning from Mike Richter award winner and current Gopher netminder Jack LaFontaine during his free time. Boynton will have the chance to back up LaFontaine in net next season at Minnesota.


“My first year will be learning and developing behind him and pushing each other will be great for my development, then sophomore year hopefully earn some minutes,” said Boynton.

The Force close out the regular season next weekend in Sioux City.

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Brennan Boynton

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