ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochester Grizzlies forward Jesper Hofling has announced his commitment to Gustavus Adolphus (NCAA DIII) college the team announced on Saturday.
Hofling, 21, registered 33 points for the Grizzlies in 2019-20, his first and only season thus far in North America. The Gävle, Sweden, arrived in Rochester following four seasons in his home country, playing for Valbo HC in various levels of junior hockey including J18 and J20. After registering a point in his first three games in a Grizzlies’ sweater, Hofling didn’t slow down scoring a career-high in points. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound forward did most of his damage via the assist, tallying 25 on the year, coupled with eight goals.
“We are excited for Jesper,” said Grizzlies Head Coach Chris Ratzloff. “He has worked hard this year and will be a great addition to Gustavus. Coach Peterson is getting an outstanding person that will excel in the classroom and on the rink.”
For his strong efforts in 2019-20, Hofling was awarded to the NA3HL’s Top Prospects Tournament last February. While competing against the league’s top uncommitted talent, Hofling earn an assist in three games played.
Ratzloff went on to say, “Jesper’s growth both on and off the ice this year, was great to see. We look forward to seeing him continue this path at Gustavus. We’re proud of him and are looking forward to watching him at the next level.”
While in St. Peter, Hofling won’t need to look far to see a couple familiar faces. Already committed to Gustavus Adolphus are Porter Haney, who announced his commitment earlier this summer, and Noel Parker. Parker, who was originally to play for St. Olaf, switched his commitment to the Golden Gusties. In total, the Grizzlies have committed five players this offseason including Hofling, Haney, and Parker, as well as Mathias Backstrom (Nichols College) and Michael Heitkamp (University of Wisconsin-Stout).