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College men's hockey: Bulldogs sign trio for 2019-20 freshman class

With three seniors set to graduate after this season, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin announced the signing of three recruits to national letters of intent on Thursday.

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With three seniors set to graduate after this season, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin announced the signing of three recruits to national letters of intent on Thursday.

Goaltender Zach Stejskal of Grand Rapids and forwards Luke Loheit of Minnetonka and Devlin McCabe of North Oaks, Minn., are the first members of the Bulldogs' 2019-20 freshmen class, which likely will grow with a number of underclassmen projected to leave school early for the NHL after this season.

Stejskal backstopped the Thunderhawks to the 2017 Minnesota Class AA state championship as a junior before leaving to play last season with Central Illinois of the United States Hockey League. This year he's playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the North American Hockey League, where he sports a 2.76 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 13 appearances.

Loheit and McCabe also come to UMD out of the junior ranks.

Loheit, a 2017-18 finalist for Minnesota Mr. Hockey and a seventh-round NHL draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, is in his first season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League after leading Minnetonka to a Class AA state title.

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McCabe is in his second season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL after playing for St. Paul Academy. He left the Spartans after posting 29 goals and 31 assists in 25 games as a junior.

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