Future Fargo Force forward, Riley Tufte, has been named to the U.S. roster for the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Nov. 2-8 in Sarnia and Lambton Shores, Ontario.
Tufte was selected first overall by the Force in Phase 1 of the 2014 USHL Draft. He will begin his junior season at Blaine High school this year. Last year as a sophomore, he posted 35 points (17g, 18a) in 25 games, which was good for fifth on the team in scoring. He tallied two assists in three games throughout the post season. The forward has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth to play for the Bulldogs following his junior hockey career.
Out of the 22 skaters named to the roster, 20 are full-time members of the USHL’s U.S. National Development Team. Forwards Riley Tufte and Kailer Yamamoto are the only two who are not, with Tufte being at Blaine HS and Yamamoto playing in the Western Hockey League with the Spokane Chiefs.
The U.S. won its fourth World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this past January after claiming the title previously in 2001, 2002 and 2010. Team USA has placed in the top three at the tournament eight consecutive times (2006, 2008-2014). No event was held in 2007.
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