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RoughRiders product Frankel concludes junior career with commitment to NCAA D-III Nichols


The USPHL’s Minnesota Moose has announced the college advancement of 2001-born forward Isaiah “Ike” Frankel to Nichols College.

Nichols is an NCAA Division III program playing in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

“It was a pleasure coaching Ike Frankel for the last three seasons and having him wear a Moose jersey,” said Moose coach-GM Jon Jonasson. “For three years, I had an opportunity to see Ike grow as a player and a great leader during his tenure in Blaine, Minn. Ike became a fan favorite and contributed over 100 hours of community service to the Blaine community while playing for us. This was a great testament to his passion to the game of hockey and giving back. While in the Midwest West Division, Ike was one of the most feared forwards in the division for three years and it will be very hard to replace him.

“I am thrilled to see players like Mr. Frankel get the opportunity to continue from our program to the collegiate level and continue to live their dream of playing at the highest level possible. Coach Mike Parnell is getting a top-notch player and even better person at Nichols College.”

Frankel, a San Diego, Calif., native who spent part of the 2017-18 season with the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, was a three-year veteran for the Moose. He finished his career with the Moose netting 56 goals and 80 assists for 136 points. He currently sits as the second highest scoring player to wear a Moose jersey and first all-time in goals.

He also had 220 penalty minutes, which is the most in the history of the Moose. Frankel served as an assistant captain for his last campaign for the Moose in this past season. He contributed to much of the success of the Moose where he helped get the team to two USPHL National Tournaments.

“Coming to the Minnesota Moose from San Diego three years ago, I was excited, but nervous,” Frankel said. “As soon as I arrived, I was welcomed by the entire Moose family and Blaine community. My billet became my second home along with the city of Blaine, Minn. Going into my third year as an assistant captain, I was able to further my leadership skills and develop even more as an athlete and a person. The Minnesota Moose taught me the importance of community and developed my skills to have me ready to play at a higher level. Being a part of the Moose organization also showed me how important hard work and dedication is. You have to put the work in, in order to produce the results you want. That is why nobody outworks the Moose. I cannot wait to continue my career playing NCAA hockey for Coach Parnell at Nichols College.

“Once a Moose, always a Moose.”

Back home, Frankel skated for the San Diego Jr. Gulls and played roller hockey as a high school freshman with Rancho Bernardo High School. He began his junior hockey journey with the San Diego Sabers, now a member of the USPHL.

ALSO SEE: From beaches to blizzards, San Diego’s Frankel continuing to star for USPHL’s Moose, Dec. 2, 2020 (

Photo/Sydnee Palade/Minnesota Moose

— Minnesota Moose Staff

(May 31, 2022)

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