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December 31, 2012

Corey Leivermann’s hockey journey takes him to Gustavus

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EDEN PRAIRIE —

“It’s tough when the guys ahead of you are producing and winning games, and you’re not in the lineup,” Leivermann said.

After discussing his future with his family over Christmas break, Leivermann decided to tell coach Mike Hastings last week that he would not be returning to the team. Both Leivermann and Hastings said the split was amiable.

“I couldn’t say a negative word about that young man and about the way he handled himself,” Hastings said. “He was first class all the way and worked his tail off.”

Leivermann admitted that it was probably his skating that let him down as a Division I player, especially with the Mavericks playing the majority of their games on an Olympic-sized rink. That’s long been a knock on his game, but one he hopes he can overcome at Gustavus.

“I feel like I understand the game as well as anyone on the team,” he said. “But it’s tough when you don’t have those first three strides. I think I have the brains, the skill and the hands to play.”

The toughest part about transferring, Leivermann said, is leaving behind the close friends he’s made in the Minnesota State locker room.

“I’m such a big team guy,” he said.

Now, Leivermann is getting set to join a new team for the final chapter of his career. His plan is to enroll at Gustavus for the school’s January term, which begins Monday, and he hopes to be skating in his new uniform after that.

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