Former Ogden Mustangs forward Zeke Zeier is returning to the Mustangs, joining the team for another run at the Western States Hockey League’s ultimate prize, the Thorne Cup.

Zeier was an assistant captain on the Mustangs’ 2016-17 team. He was a key player down the stretch, helping the Mustangs to their first ever Thorne Cup semifinal. The Thorne Cup Finals took place in Ogden, where they will be once again this season.

Late in that 2016-17 season, Zeier signed a tender with the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL. He’s spent the past two seasons there with the Wings and the Topeka Pilots, playing 59 total games, registering nine points and 31 penalty minutes in more of a depth role.

Zeier chose to come back to Ogden on his own. He wasn’t cut. But in this, his final season of junior hockey eligibility, he wanted to play a bigger role down the stretch, with a legit shot at a championship. Zeier had 48 points in 62 games for the Mustangs, playing in every, single game of the 2016-17 season. He had seven point in 10 playoff games.

“I’m so excited to be back in Ogden,” Zeier said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of a great finish.”

A 6-foot, 183-pound forward from Nashville, Tenn., Zeier can fill a variety of roles. He’s sound offensively and defensively, reliable, hard working, willing to dig in the corners, battle in front of the net, can play with finesse as well and is a leader by example.

Zeier is not expected to be in the lineup this weekend in Salt Lake City, but could be available for the Western States Shootout, Dec. 18-21 in Las Vegas.