Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey captain Cody Danberg will play semi-professional hockey with Newcastle of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), he announced on Wednesday morning via Twitter.
"I hate goodbyes," Danberg wrote. "Leaving this afternoon for Aussie. Very excited for this next journey! Arrive Friday, play Saturday."
The AIHL is widely considered the top men's hockey league in Australia, and Danberg will be playing for the Newcastle North Stars, a team that joined the league in 2002 and last won a championship in 2008.
"I'm going with my gut feeling on this import pick," North Stars head coach Garry Dore said on the team's web site. "He's a power-forward playing for a great college team, was offered pro contracts but went home to Saskatoon for a while, and now he's ready to go pro."
Danberg was at UMD for six seasons, having been granted two medical redshirt seasons, and was part of the Bulldogs' NCAA Division I championship in the 2010-11 season.
In the four seasons he was in action for the Bulldogs, Danberg totaled 10 goals and 14 assists in 135 games played. This past winter, he was a member of the Shellbrook Elks in the Fort Carlton Hockey League (FCHL).