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Toros Captain Sloth Announces Commitment to Gustavus Adolphus

May 16, 2022 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - North Iowa Bulls News Release

ST. PETER, Minn. - The Mason City Toros, proud members of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), are excited to announce that defenseman Brendan Sloth has committed to continue his hockey career at Gustavus Adolphus College, an NCAA Division III institution and member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). He is the eighth player in Mason City Tier III history to commit to the Gusties, and the first to do so under the team's current moniker.

The Anoka, Minnesota native spent more than a year with the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) Minnesota Wilderness to open his junior career, posting six points in 45 games during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 campaign. Sloth played two more games with the Wilderness to start the following season before moving to Mason City to play for the North Iowa Bulls, then an NA3HL member club. He added six more points in 24 regular-season games, including his first junior goal, a pivotal late-season power play marker against the Granite City Lumberjacks. Sloth closed out his year with five more assists in 10 postseason games, helping the Bulls win their fourth Fraser Cup championship in team history.

He returned to the River City in 2021-22 with a new logo on his jersey and a new role in the locker room, earning the captain's spot with the newly-rebranded Toros. All he did in his final junior campaign was rack up 44 points in 40 games, ranking fourth on the team, and lead the Toros to within a win of returning to the Fraser Cup tournament. That performance locked up a spot on the NA3HL's All-West Division list, and his 50 career points ranks as the eighth-highest-scoring total among defensemen in Mason City Tier III history.

"We are thrilled for Brendan with his commitment to Gustavus," said Mason City head coach Nick Bruneteau. "He was one of the league's best players, and an even better leader. He will be greatly missed in Mason City, but we know he has much bigger things ahead of him in college. We thank him for all he accomplished during his time in Mason City and wish him nothing but the best going forward."

He now joins a program led by head coach Brett Petersen, whose resume at Gustavus Adolphus boasts 21 years of head coaching experience and more than 250 wins with the Golden Gusties. Eight former North Iowa Bulls were on the Gusties' roster this past season, including top scorer Nick Klishko and number-two scorer Connor Clemons.

"They had room for one more right-handed defenseman, and I was a good fit for them," said Sloth. "There is always room to get better, and [the coaches] take that to heart, which is good for my development not just on the ice, but in the classroom and the real world."

Sloth says he has not made a final decision on a major, but is considering a degree in exercise physiology and a possible minor in coaching.

The Mason City Toros congratulate Brendan Sloth on his commitment to Gustavus Adolphus College, and wish him all success as he continues his academic and athletic career.

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