Thursday, July 11, 2013


Press Release

The Fargo Force have acquired Mike Babcock Jr. from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in exchange for a 2014 USHL draft pick. Babcock is the son of current Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock in the NHL.

The forward out of Northville, MI, finished his senior season last year at Detroit Catholic Central leading his team in scoring with 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points in 30 games played. Before his high school season, he played in the MDHL (Michigan Developmental Hockey League), which is the elite hockey league in Michigan. He was drafted by Cedar Rapids in the 2011 Futures Draft in the fifth round, 68th overall. At the completion of his season, he played 5 games in the USHL for the RoughRiders.

“Michael is a defensive type of forward who may not put many points up on the board but he’s going to help keep a lot of pucks out of our net”, said Assistant Coach Jesse Davis. “He has great speed and we were searching for a player like him. When he became available, we traded for him right away to help fill some of the voids left from a lot of forwards from last year’s team moving on to college hockey.”

Babcock recently committed to play his college hockey at Merrimack College following his USHL career. He is currently participating in the Detroit Red Wings’ Prospect Camp and will be eligible for the NHL Draft in 2014.

Another roster transaction occurred at the end of this past season as forward Michael Booth was traded to the Indiana Ice as part of a future considerations trade during the past year.

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