The Coulee Region Chill have taken quite a few blows this season in terms of injuries, but the latest blow was just a matter of time until it became reality and tonight is the night.
Matt Blomquist became a member of the North Iowa Outlaws for the 09'10 season after playing his high school career for Blaine HS. A 6'2, 194 lb defensemen now, that has reached a milestone with the franchise that may stand forever. "Blomer" has played 174 games for the franchise, from the 09'10 season to his final game tonight against the Austin Bruins.
When you look at the lineup on game night, his name was always on the card given to the officials. Tonight, will be the last time. Matt Blomquist has always been a class act on and off the ice, drawing the admiration from his peers and competing last year in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament that eventually led to his recruitment and committment to (D1) Bentley University in MA next season.
This Tuesday March 6th is the date that Matt turns 21, which according to the NAHL is where a player ages out. There was one option for Matt being the fact that he commited to a D1 college and that would have been to keep his eligibility by enrolling in classes locally. It was an option, but cost was a family concern and the decision was made to hold off in terms of school for next year.
The CRC management, coaching and teammates want to extend our thanks to Matt and wish him the best of luck next season at Bentley.