Quinn Hughes returning to U-M, brother Jack staying at NTDP
Quinn Hughes is returning to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season.
“My heart’s obviously still at Michigan,” Hughes said on the U-M athletics website. “I was heartbroken when we lost to Notre Dame in the Frozen Four (semifinal) last year. I’ve never really been on a team that cares so much about each other, and I think that’s a big reason why I’m coming back, because I love my teammates.”
His younger brother, Jack, had the option of joining him at Michigan this season but decided against it.
Vancouver general manager Jim Benning told Sportsnet the Canucks were not prepared to guarantee Quinn Hughes a spot on the NHL roster this season.
"It's really hard to do that," Benning said. "Quinn's a great player, but he's (5-10) 170 pounds. We went back and forth on it. The thing we didn't want happening is we sign him, he makes the team, and then things go south because he's an 18-year-old rookie. Then what?
“This was a mutual agreement. We talked to Quinn … and he understands and is on board with it. He's going to work hard at Michigan.”
As a freshman last season, Quinn Hughes, who turns 19 on Oct. 14, was the youngest player in the NCAA. He had five goals and 29 points in 37 games and was named to the All-Big Ten Hockey Second Team.
“I think we have a good team this upcoming year, and I believe in the group,” he said. “So, for me, I have a lot of goals in my mind. I want to be the best player in college hockey, and I want to win the national championship. I think we can do it with the group and the coaching staff we have, and we believe in each other.
“So it was unfinished business, of course. I want to win. When I look back at my season last year, I had a great year. But I didn’t win a national championship. So that’s my goal next year, and anything less than that would be disappointing.”