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Alumni Update: Neal Goff

By Kelsey Helland, 02/09/15, 2:00PM CST


Neal Goff is a defenseman who was a part of the Fargo Force organization for three seasons including 2011-12, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. In the 2013-2014 season he was team captain. He scored 24 points (9g, 15a) throughout the three seasons plus another 4 points (1g, 3a) in playoffs. Goff helped get the Force to playoffs in both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

He is now a freshman at Western Michigan where he has played 24 games so far this season. He has tallied 5 points (2g, 3a).


1. How was your time with the Fargo Force important to where you are now?

Having the opportunity to play for Fargo for three years certainly has made a huge impact to where I am now.  Not only did Fargo give me hockey opportunities, but it taught me so much about evolving as a person being away from home for the first time.

2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received since playing for Western Michigan?

I think the best advice I’ve received so far at Western is from Coach Murray.  Just to never take anything for granted and to always protect your opportunity.

3. How has it been playing with former Fargo Force players and teammates Frederik Tiffels, Chris Dienes, Taylor Fleming, and Colton Hargrove?

Part of the reason why Western was such a great fit for me is because of these guys being here as well.  It’s a blast playing with guys that you’ve known and played with for years before. 

4. How did it feel to score your first collegiate goal?

My first collegiate goal was an awesome feeling.  It was our first game at home and our student section was rocking, as they always are.

5. What are you looking to improve on as the season goes forward?

I’m always looking to improve all parts of my game, but mainly to remain consistent and be accountable each game.

6. What is your favorite memory of playing with the Fargo Force?

My favorite memory would have to be either competing in the Clark Cup finals my second year, or scoring the winning shootout goal in my final junior game.