Nate Hagemo came to the University of Minnesota as a highly regarded defenseman, and he more than exceeded expectations. Despite missing 14 games due to neck and shoulder injuries as well as the World Junior Championships, Hagemo became a driving force on the Golden Gophers blue line this season. He posted ten points (two goals, eight assists) in 30 appearances. He finished tied for fifth on the team in plus/minus (+9). He notched his first collegiate point (a goal) back on October 23rd versus North Dakota. Hagemo was also a member of Team USA’s U-20 WJC squad.
Hagemo is a fiercely competitive defenseman who plays a lot bigger than his 5’11/189 lbs. frame. He is hard-nosed and never one to back down from a challenge, regardless of the physical size of his opponent. He is an excellent skater with tremendous speed. He is extremely smart and works hard. He is relentless in one-on-one battles. While his statistical numbers dictate otherwise, Hagemo has shown some very good offensive skills. He is willing to get involved in plays and can lead the rush. His transitioning is also quite good. Hagemo is confident with the puck and can make some very nice outlet passes. With continued physical development and maturity, Hagemo can become a more menacing presence on the blue line.
Hagemo was forced to retire in October 2006 due to a lingering shoulder injury.