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
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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