Report: Union men’s hockey’s Graf enters NCAA transfer portal

Union's Collin Graf goes after the puck handled by Harvard's Jack Donato during a Feb. 25 game at Messa Rink.
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Union's Collin Graf goes after the puck handled by Harvard's Jack Donato during a Feb. 25 game at Messa Rink.

The Union College men’s hockey team appears to be losing one of its top players.

Forward Collin Graf has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per a report from Mark Divver, a contributor for New England Hockey Journal.

A Union athletic department spokesperson could not confirm if Graf had entered into the transfer portal. Graf could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Graf was the team’s second-leading scorer with 11 goals and 11 assists during the 2021-22 campaign, his first playing for the Dutchmen. His best game came in Game 2 of the ECAC Hockey tournament first round against Princeton, when he had two goals and an assist in the Dutchmen’s series-clinching 5-1 victory over the Tigers on March 5 at Messa Rink.

Graf, who is from Lincoln, Massachusetts, came to Union from the Boston Junior Bruins of the U.S. Premier League’s National Collegiate Development Conference. He was fourth in that league in scoring with 19 goals and 35 assists. He has three years of playing eligibility remaining.

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Graf would be the fifth Union player to have entered the transfer portal. The others are senior defensemen Brandon Estes and Ryan Sidorski, junior goalie Garrett Nieto and sophomore Gleb Murtazin, but Estes pulled out of the portal last Friday when he signed a professional tryout contract with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners.

Union is currently searching for a permanent head coach to replace Rick Bennett, who resigned Jan. 28.

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