MADISON (WAOW) – Forward Gavin Hartzog (Pewaukee, Wis.) and defenseman Joe Faust (Bloomington, Minn.) have signed national letters of intent and will join the Wisconsin men's hockey team for the upcoming school year.
Hartzog, a 6-3 and 210-pound forward, split his time last year with the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL and the Fargo Force of the USHL. He posted five goals and 13 points in 31 regular-season games with Bismarck, then put up two goals and five points in 10 playoff games as the team captured the 2010 Robertson Cup as league champions. He began the season with Fargo, scoring a goal and four assists in 15 games for the Force.
Hartzog played 46 games for Fargo during the 2008-09 season, posting four goals and 10 points. He also chipped in a goal and three points in nine playoff games, as the squad reached the USHL Clark Cup finals.
Hartzog was expected to skate this season for the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks, but has instead been added to the Badgers' roster.
Prior to his time in the USHL, Hartzog graduated from Marquette University High School in 2008. While at Marquette, Hartzog was named to the 2008 WIAA First Team after posting a team-leading 23 goals and 44 points in 21 games his senior season.
The right-handed shot will wear No. 13 for Wisconsin.
Eaves on Hartzog: "Gavin is a big body, who will hopefully grow into the classic power forward that we see in hockey. He also has good skating and puck skills to go along with his size."
Faust, a 5-11 and 190-pound defenseman, played the 2009-10 season for Bloomington Jefferson High School. At Bloomington Jefferson, Faust scored 13 goals and 40 points in 25 games, while also collecting 18 penalty minutes. Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 114th overall by the New Jersey Devils, Faust was named to the Associated Press 2010 Minnesota All-State Second Team. Known as an offensive defenseman, he was also named to the Star Tribune All-Metro team in 2009-10.
The Bloomington, Minn., native played three seasons for Bloomington Jefferson High School, where he served as team captain as a junior and senior. He has also played in the Minnesota Elite League and in the Minnesota National Invitational tournament.
A right-handed shot, Faust will wear No. 24 for the Badgers this season.
Eaves on Faust: "Joe is a young man with good skating ability, who is a puck-handling defenseman and who sees the ice very well. He will be a nice addition to our talented defensive corps."
Courtesy: UW Press Release