Hoff, a two time captain of the Norwegian World Juniors team, came to Grand Forks to study Graphic Design Technology and play hockey. It must have been quite a change to go from a worldly cosmopolitan city like Oslo to a University town of 50,000 people.
He actually moved to the United States at the age of 15 to play in the USHL with Lincoln, Nebraska. Excelling in the USHL allowed him to be on the NCAA radar much more easily.
Hoff is a depth player at UND, but is obviously impressing the powers that be in Norway. They see him as a big part of their future.
Playing in the NHL is still a far off dream for Hoff. Though he excels in the classroom and on the ice, he was passed over in the NHL draft. Going to the Olympics may help open up opportunities as a NHL free agent one day.
If the NHL never does come calling, he knows he will have a college degree to fall back on, as well as opportunities to play in Europe.