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Local connections dot USHL draft

The United States Hockey League wrapped up its two-day draft Tuesday with a busy Phase 2.

And just like Phase 1 on Monday, when Minnesota Duluth recruit Riley Tufte of Blaine High School was the first overall pick, there were plenty of players selected Tuesday with local connections (see the below list for a roundup).

By drafting a player, the team owns that player’s rights if he decides to play in the USHL. The player can decide not to play juniors.

Phase 1

Round 1

Riley Tufte, Blaine (UMD recruit); Fargo; Mitchell Mattson, Grand Rapids; Bloomington

Round 7

John Stampohar, Grand Rapids; Dubuque; Ash Altmann, Duluth East; Sioux Falls; Luke Dow, Duluth Marshall; Sioux City

Round 8

Cole Koepke, Hermantown; Chicago

Phase 2

Round 3

Hunter Shepard, Grand Rapids; Lincoln

Round 4

Kobe Roth, Warroad (UMD recruit); Des Moines

Round 5

Josh Laframboise, Regina, Saskatchewan (UMD recruit); Des Moines

Round 8

Phelan Shaw, Calgary, Alberta (UMD recruit); Sioux Falls; Aaron Miller, Superior; Waterloo

Round 9

Darian Romanko, Shoreview, Minn. (Minnesota Wilderness); Madison; Andrew Kerr, Duluth East; Dubuque; Scott Perunovich, Hibbing-Chisholm; Cedar Rapids

Round 13

Micah Miller, Grand Rapids; Des Moines

Round 16

Alex Fredberg, New Brighton, Minn. (Minnesota Wilderness); Madison

Round 18

Wyatt Aamodt, Hermantown; Chicago