Reilly staying with Gophers men's hockey squad
MAY 28, 2014 11:09p ET
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers men's hockey team always runs the risk of players leaving early to turn pro.
Mike Reilly won't be one of them.
Reilly, Minnesota's star defenseman, announced Wednesday that he'll be returning to school for his junior season. The Chanhassen, Minn., native earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a First-Team All-American as a sophomore during the 2013-14 season after scoring nine goals and adding 24 assists.
His return helps boost the Gophers' blue line for the 2014-15 campaign.
"We've been incredibly successful over the last two years, and I'm looking forward to more of the same next year," Reilly told the Gophers' official website.
Reilly was drafted by the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. His stock has risen since arriving at Minnesota, aided by his appearance with the U.S. National Junior team in the IIHF World Junior Championships 2013.
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