Wade remains in Fargo, projected to be in line-up every third/fourth gameSeptember 30 2010 at 7:13 AM
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USHL: Herter trims Force roster down to 23.
By: Ryan S. Clark, INFORUM
Having been cut from a NHL team, Fargo Force coach Jason Herter knows the process fairly well.
Being a coach didnt make Monday and Tuesday any easier for him. The first-year coach trimmed his roster to 23 players by the United States Hockey Leagues midnight deadline.
We didnt make any calls to get rid of anyone, Herter said. We got phone calls asking about people.
The Force opened preseason with 10 defensemen prompting teams to make phone calls to strengthen their blue line.
A player many teams inquired about was defenseman Troy Hesketh, who was sent to the Chicago Steel.
Hesketh verbally committed to playing hockey at Wisconsin.
He is also a 2009 NHL Entry Draft third-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers.
The Force will see Hesketh soon because they open the season Friday at Chicago.
The feeling of having Troy walk into your office and telling him hes no long part of your team, Herter said. And that youll play against him Friday; it is not a good feeling. It is hard to do, but it is part of the game.
Herter said the team also traded defenseman Nick Romanick to the Indiana Ice.
If Romanick plays at least 15 games for the Ice, the Force will get a fifth-round conditional pick in the 2011 USHL Draft. If he doesnt play, it frees up a spot on the roster.
The Force also placed three players on its affiliate list.
Herter said two players on the list were sent home. The one player that will stay with the team is defenseman Justin Wade, who was the teams first round Futures Draft pick.
By Wade being on the affiliate list, it allows him to practice with the team.
He can only play up to six games while on the affiliate list. If he progresses over the season, he can be moved onto the 23-man roster should the Force trade someone.
We were not ready to send him back to midget hockey yet, Herter said of Wade. Justin will be here practicing every day and hes a guy who may be in the lineup every third or fourth game depending on his progress.
The 23-man roster is set now, but things were a bit unnerving on Monday not knowing who would be cut.
Forward Tanner Lane, who played at Detroit Lakes, Minn., last season, said he did his best and whatever decision was made, hed accept.
Of course, Minnesotas leading prep scorer from last season was pleased to make the team.
We wondered when it was going to happen, Lane said hours before midnight deadline. But weve been trying to focus on the weekend coming up.
Forward Joe Rehkamp, who is heading into his second season, said camp for him was different this year.
Last year, he was worried about making the team.
This year, he thought about making the team and trying to play on the top line.
Its not like playing in high school where you know you are going to make the team, Rehkamp said. In camp, you could be the top guy and they can either trade you or be cut altogether. Its kind of nerve racking.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548
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