2008-09: Derek Forbort played for Duluth East and some with the USNTDP Under-17 team that competed in the NAHL.
2009-10: Forbort played for the US NTDP Under-18 team that competed in the USHL. In 26 league games, Forbort scored 4 goals and added 10 assists for 14 points. All told, Forbort played in 65 games for the NTDP squad, scoring 5 goals and adding 23 assists for 28 points.
2010-11: Forbort skated in 38 of 44 games for WCHA regular season and playoff champion North Dakota as a freshman; missing time and battling the effects of mononucleosis in mid-season. Paired with junior Ben Blood (OTT) on the Fighting Sioux' shut-down pairing for much of the year, he finished the season with a +21 plus/minus with 15 assists and 26 PMs. North Dakota reached the Frozen Four after defeating WCHA runner-up Denver in the Midwest Regional Final; falling to Michigan, 2-0, in a semifinal game. Forbort was with the bronze medal-winning USA team at the 2011 U20 World Junior tournament – with no points or penalties in six games.
2011-12: Forbert played much of the season on the top defensive pairing as a sophomore for North Dakota alongside Senators' prospect Ben Blood — missing time mid-season due to a knee injury suffered while representing the USA at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 2 goals with 11 assists in 35 games and was plus-two with 28 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux defeated Denver in the WCHA championship game after finishing fourth in the regular season and advanced to the NCAA West Regional final against Minnesota. In three games for the USA, which finished seventh at the WJC, he had 2 assists and was an even plus/minus before being hurt.
2012-13: Forbort signed a three-year entry-level contract with Los Angeles in April 2013 and made his pro debut with the Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester following his junior season at North Dakota. In six AHL regular season games he was +5 with 1 assist. The Monarchs finished third in the Atlantic Division and lost to Springfield in a first round playoff series. Forbert was -2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Forbort was one of three defensemen to skate in all 42 games for North Dakota in his final season of college hockey. He scored 4 goals with 13 assists and was +11 with 22 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux finished third in the WCHA and received an at-large NCAA bid after an overtime loss to Colorado College in the WCHA quarterfinals. North Dakota defeated Niagara before losing to national champion Yale in the West Regional Final.
Forbort is a defenseman with exceptional decision-making. He has the size and skating and is very agile. Although he does not like to carry the puck, his passes are laser sharp. He has added a bit of grit to his game as he has progressed and rounded out a rock solid defensive game.
Forbort officially ended his collegiate career with University of North Dakota and now begins the 2013-14 season as a pro with the Manchester Monarchs. His adjustment to the AHL game will be a big step in his playing career and one eagerly anticipated by management.