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UMD adds high-scoring recruit

A week after losing its leading scorer to the NHL, the Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team added some offensive punch Thursday — though it likely won’t arrive for a couple of seasons.

Josh Laframboise announced via Twitter that he has committed to the Bulldogs. The 17-year-old center produced 33 goals and 28 assists in 41 regular-season games this winter for the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Laframboise is a native of a Regina, Saskatchewan.

Last week, Caleb Herbert opted to forego his final year of college hockey to sign with the Washington Capitals. Herbert led UMD this season with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists).


Kolle returns from layoff to fight tonight

Duluth boxer Andy “Kaos” Kolle will return from a 14-month layoff to fight Ryan “Dangerous” Davis in a scheduled eight-round middleweight bout as part of a seven-bout professional boxing card at 7:30 p.m. today at Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn.

Kolle (25-4, 18 KOs) hasn’t fought since suffering a fifth-round TKO to Cerresso Fort on Jan. 25, 2013, in Hinckley. Davis (24-12-3, 9 KOs), of East St. Louis, Ill., has lost three straight bouts by knockout, including a third-round TKO to Mikael Zewski on Nov. 30 in    Quebec.

The card also features a pair of undefeated boxers in heavyweight Aaron “Gorilla” Green (14-0, 12 KOs) of Golden Valley, Minn., and middleweight prospect Robert “Bravo” Brant (9-0, 5 KOs) of St. Paul.

Duluth boxer R.J. “T-Rex” Laase (12-1, 8 KOs) was originally scheduled to fight Minneapolis’ Jamal James (12-0, 6 KOs) for the Minnesota welterweight championship, but James will now be fighting Angel Hernandez (16-14-1, 13 KOs) of Gary, Ind., in the main event.