Riley Tufte became the highest draft pick in the history of the Fargo Force when the Dallas Stars selected him 25th overall in the first round of the National Hockey League Draft on Friday, June 24. In the Fargo Force’s team history there have been 13 players drafted to the NHL, none of which have been in the first round.
While playing for the Force, Tufte appeared in 27 games during the 2015-16 season where he posted 14 points, 10 of those being goals. During the 2014-15 season he had five points in seven games.
A majority of Tufte’s success came while playing for Blaine High School in Minnesota. He closed out his high school hockey career by winning the 2015-16 Mr. Hockey Award after leading all of Minnesota Class AA in goals scored with 47. He had 31 assists on the season to bring him to a combined 78 points in 25 games on the season.
Tufte will begin his college hockey career this fall playing for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He will join other Force alumni Dominic Toninato, Alex Iafallo and Jarod Hilderman on the Bulldogs’ roster.
Also selected in the NHL Draft was former Force forward Mikey Eyssimont. Eyssimont was selected 142nd overall by the LA Kings. He currently is playing for St. Cloud State University.