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Tempe native Hedquist commits to NCAA Division III Gustavus Adolphus


Hampton Roads Whalers forward Kohl Hedquist has committed to NCAA Division III Gustavus Adolphus College.

Gustavus Adolphus is located in St. Peter, Minn., and competes in the MIAC.


Hedquist, in his second season with the USPHL’s Whalers, posted 16 points in 43 games on nine goals and seven assists, while also serving as an alternate captain.

The Tempe native, who won the 2018-19 USPHL Premier national championship, skated in a total of 90 career games with the Whalers, tallying nine goals and 11 assists for 20 career points.

“I am extremely thankful and blessed to be given an opportunity by the Whalers and become part of the tradition and culture they hold in my last two years,” said Hedquist. “Thank you to Mr. (Pat) Cavanagh, Coach (Rod) Taylor, Coach (Greg) Gatto, Coach (Kody) Rodriguez, Coach (Brad) Jones and the staff for getting the most out of me every day.

“Thank you to my support group and family back home along with the 2018-19 national championship group and a 2019-20 team who deserved one as well – two teams who I will never forget being part of. I couldn’t have grown on and off the ice without any of you. Thank you to my billets, the Lacroix family, and my roommate Thomas McGuire, for their endless support from Day 1 and countless memories. From the coaches to the players, they will always be family and it was an honor to be part of something so special.

“I am excited to get things going at Gustavus next year and be a Gustie where I can keep playing hockey for a great program and further my education”.

“Kohl is the true meaning of team player,” added Gatto. “He was a great leader on and off the ice and helped develop, carry and pass on our culture for the next wave of Whalers. ‘Heddy’ has sneaky skill, he can play anywhere in the lineup, and he truly excelled in the face-off circle and blocking shots. Gustavus is getting a big-time character player and a champion.”

“Kohl has been an extraordinary Hampton Roads Whaler, a champion,” said Cavanagh. “He is a team-first player who works hard day in and out, his development has been a pleasure to observe. Chesapeake will always be a second home for Kohl. We all look forward to watching him on the next step of his journey at Gustavus Adolphus.”

During his youth career, Hedquist played for the Jr. Coyotes and Arizona Bobcats.


(April 26, 2020)

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