Hockey: Elks’ Kiersted has commited to North Dakota

Matt Kiersted, Elk River sophomore defenseman, verbally committed recently to North Dakota, one of the nation’s top hockey programs.

Matt Kierstad
Matt Kiersted

“I went up there (Grand Forks) a lot when I was younger,” said Kiersted. “We’d go to Canada for tournaments and stop at UND and watch games. Ever since then, I’ve liked UND and they’ve got a really nice rink.”
Kiersted, an Elk starter since ninth grade and all-conference as a sophomore, said he plans to play one more year with the Elks and probably leave for juniors in the USHL his senior year.
He’s already shown he’s a defender who can generate offense, too, with six goals and 19 assists this past season.