FARGO, ND – Former Force forward Riley Tufte (2015-16) has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars. The Stars announced the signing of the Ham Lake, Minn. native today. Tufte was originally drafted by Dallas in the first round (25th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.
The 21-year-old played parts of two seasons in Fargo, scoring 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) in 34 games with the Force. Fargo originally drafted Tufte with the first overall pick in the 2014 Phase I Draft.
Tufte went on the play three seasons at the University of Minnesota Duluth, helping to lead the Bulldogs to three straight NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship Games and national titles each of the past two seasons. He totaled 64 points (34 goals, 30 assists) in 121 games with the Bulldogs.
Competing for Team USA at the World Junior Championship in 2018, Tufte picked up a bronze medal.