MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Gophers will have another opening in their forward ranks when they return to campus in the fall. Edina native Garrett Wait has reportedly entered the transfer portal and will be looking for a new college hockey team in the coming weeks.

Wait, who turned 22 this month, skated in 21 of 37 games for the Gophers last season, primarily in a third- and fourth-line role, with two goals and and five assists.

A state champion for Edina as a high school junior, Wait played three seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League before joining the Gophers in the 2018-19 season. As a freshman he skated in 19 games and scored one goal.

The Gophers lost three players — defensemen Tyler Nanne and Ryan Zuhlsdorf and forward Joey Marooney — to graduation, and coach Bob Motzko told The Rink Live podcast that they would bring in three defensemen — Brock Faber, Carl Fish and Michael Koster — for next season. With Wait's departure, they will likely bring in a forward or two as well.

Reached on Monday afternoon, Wait told The Rink Live he did not have any comment about his situation at this time. His departure comes a year after former Gophers defenseman Clayton Phillips left the team and transferred to Penn State following his sophomore season.

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