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College men's hockey: Tufte breaks wrist at national junior team camp, doesn't expect to miss time with UMD

FILE - Incoming Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Riley Tufte walks to the stage after being selected twenty-fifth overall by the Dallas Stars in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on June 24 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. (Timothy T. Ludwig, USA TODAY Sports)

Incoming Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Riley Tufte will miss the remainder of USA Hockey’s 2016 National Junior Evaluation Camp because of a broken left wrist, but the Blaine High School product told the News Tribune on Tuesday he’ll be ready to go when the Bulldogs’ season comes around this fall.

Tufte injured his wrist Monday while penalty killing during the second period of an exhibition against Sweden at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. Tufte said he was involved in an awkward collision with a teammate and member of the Swedish squad.

Tufte said the break was a clean one and everything was in place. He’s currently in a cast and as long as the bones don’t shift, he won’t require  surgery. Tufte estimated the injury should take 6-8 weeks to heal but in the meantime, he said he can still skate — just not do any stick handling.

In addition to being ready for the Bulldogs season opener Oct. 1 against Michigan Tech at Amsoil Arena, Tufte said he is still eligible to play for Team USA in the 2017 IIHF Junior World Championship Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 5, 2017 in Montreal and Toronto.

Tufte, in addition to incoming UMD freshman forward Joey Anderson, was one of 42 players taking part this week in this week’s National Junior Evaluation Camp, which includes 10 international competitions between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden at USA Hockey Arena as part of the selection process for the World Juniors.

USA head coach Bob Motzko — who is also the head coach at St. Cloud State — and the rest of the U.S. Junior National Team staff cut the roster down to 32 on Tuesday morning for the final four days of the camp. Anderson didn’t make the cut.

Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.

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