Monday, January 10, 2011

Wisconsin native Donnellan leaves Western Michigan

In somewhat of a surprising turn of events, Eau Claire, Wisconsin native David Donnellan has left Western Michigan and has joined the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League.

Donnellan, a 6'0, 185 pound defenseman, was a freshman defenseman for Western Michigan this season. Donnellan had only played in 5 games for the Broncos registering no points.

Donnellan got caught in an unusual set of circumstances. He had committed to Western under old coach Jim Culhan. Culhan was fired at the end of last season before Donnellan stepped on campus and new coach Jeff Blashil obviously doesn't like him as much as Culhan did.

Donnellan, who won a Wisconsin state championship with Eau Claire Memorial, has moved back to the USHL where he spent the past two seasons. Donnellan played in two games last weekend with Sioux City registering no points.

Donnellan could be an interesting player to keep an eye on as a transfer recruit for the 2012 season. This is his final year of eligibility in the USHL so wherever he goes next season he can only practice. Donnellan will have 3 seasons of eligibility starting in the fall of 2012.

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