Hockey: Duluth East's Toninato commits to play for UMD
Duluth East senior forward Dom Toninato, 17, has made an oral scholarship commitment to Minnesota Duluth, according to his dad, Jim, a former Bulldog forward.
Jim Toninato, originally from Bemidji, Minn., played on some of the best teams in UMD history as a forward from 1982-86, and had 54 points in 155 games.
Dom Toninato, 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, is the second-leading scorer for Duluth East with 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points in 18 games. The Greyhounds are 17-1.
"UMD was always on the top of Dom's list, but he also had some other options and had some other schools talk interested, and he also had to look at those," Jim Toninato said Tuesday.
Toninato is expected to play for Fargo (N.D.) in the United States Hockey League in 2012-13 and come to UMD in 2013-14 or 2014-15.
On Monday, East scoring leader Jake Randolph made a commitment to Nebraska-Omaha.
Two current Bulldogs also had dads who played at UMD -- senior center Travis Oleksuk (his dad, Bill) and freshman defenseman Derik Johnson (his dad, Jim). Junior winger Dan DeLisle had an uncle (Joe DeLisle) play for the Bulldogs.