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By Kelsey Helland, 11/12/14, 12:15PM CST


Fargo Force Athletic Trainer, Phil Faught, has been named as the Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Junior Select Team for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Dec. 14-20.

Faught has been the Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the Force since the inaugural season. He is a FAKTR certified provider and provides the injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement for the team. He is also the Director of Sanford Power Hockey Academy at the Sanford Power Center. Faught has worked with hockey players ranging from mites to professionals in the area for the past ten years.

Team USA has taken home the gold medal the past five out of six years at this tournament and members of the Fargo Force have been on the team each of those years.

Gold – 2013 – Teemu Kivihalme  

Gold – 2012 – Justin Wade

Bronze – 2011 – Zane Gothberg and Brian Cooper   

Gold – 2010 – Jimmy Mullin, Zane Gothberg, Garrett Allen, Colten St. Clair and Brian Cooper

Gold – 2009 – Eamonn McDermott, Colten St. Clair and Matt Leitner

Gold – 2008 – Mike Lee and Josh Birkholz

Faught will miss three of the Fargo Force games including Dec. 12, 18 and 19 during this tournament but current Force Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Kyle McCuskey will fill in for the duration of the time.

The Force return home to Scheels Arena this weekend Friday and Saturday where they will take on the Sioux City Musketeers.

Tickets can be purchased at the Scheels Arena Box Office, open Monday-Friday 11 AM-6 PM, online at, or by calling 701-364-3672.