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    20  Justin Wade  

    Aurora, IL

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 216


    Last Team:
    Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)

    Hard-nosed, rugged, shutdown defenseman ... will look to adapt to the speed of the Division I game ... has good instincts on the ice ... has solid skills and will look to be a physical, aggressive player ... must become more confident in his decisions with the puck ... plays a physical game in the corners and in front of the goal ... will give the Irish a physical edge in the defensive zone ... looks to break into the regular rotation on the Notre Dame blue line ... one of eight defensemen on the Irish roster this season ... comes to Notre Dame after playing three seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL), spending two-and-a-half seasons with the Fargo Force and half a season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders ... in his rookie year in Fargo (N.D.) in 2010-11, played in 35 games with one assist and 49 penalty minutes ... a year later (2011-12), scored a pair of goals with five assists for seven points in 57 games ... played for the United States Under-18 team in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic where he was a teammate of future Irish teammate Vince Hinostroza ... had one assist in four games ... played for the gold medal-winning USA Under-19 Team at the World Junior A Challenge in Nov. of 2012 where he was a teammate of Hinostroza's ... also played in the 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Muskegon, Mich. ... played the first 17 games of the season with Fargo, scoring one goal with one assist for two points ... was traded to Cedar Rapids on Dec. 7, 2012 for defenseman Gavin Bayreuther ... closed out the season with the RoughRiders, playing in 43 games with two goals and five assists for seven points and 87 penalty minutes ... one of 15 Notre Dame players to have played in the USHL ... one of eight Illinois natives on the Notre Dame roster, joining Kevin Lind (Homer Glen), T.J. Tynan (Orland Park), Garrett Peterson (Manhattan), Robbie Russo (Westmont), Thomas DiPauli (Woodridge), Sam Herr (Hinsdale) and Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett) ...signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Notre Dame in the fall of 2011 along with Thomas DiPauli, Sam Herr, Vince Hinostroza and Mario Lucia.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Fargo South High School in Fargo, N.D., while playing for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League ... played one year of midget hockey with the Chicago Mission Under-16 team ... helped Mission teams win state and regional championships before moving up to the USHL ... full name is Justin David Wade ... son of David and Courtney Wade ... oldest of five children ... has four sisters, Peyton, Sydney, Darby and Bailey ... born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., ... enrolled in First Year of Studies at Notre Dame.

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