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College men’s hockey: Bulldogs invited to Minnesota Wild development camp

Three members of the 2018-19 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs will be taking part in the Minnesota Wild’s development camp next week at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Rising junior goaltender Hunter Shepard, rising sophomore forward Nick Swaney and incoming freshman forward Jackson Cates are among the 43 prospects scheduled to take part in the camp July 10-15. There will be two scrimmages open to the public at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, both at Xcel.

Shepard and Cates are both undrafted free agent invitees while Swaney is a 2017 seventh round draft pick. This will be the second NHL development camp of the summer of Shepard, a native of Cohasset, who has already taken part in the Buffalo Sabres camp.

As of Monday afternoon, 12 members of the 2018-19 Bulldogs had received invites to NHL camps, including junior defenseman Nick Wolff (Boston); sophomore defenseman Scott Perunovich (St. Louis); senior forward Peter Krieger and freshman forward Cole Koepke (Tampa Bay); junior forward Riley Tufte (Dallas); sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson (Los Angeles); sophomore defenseman Dylan Samberg (Winnipeg); sophomore forward Justin Richards (Columbus); and freshman forward Noah Cates (Philadelphia).

Graduated seniors Karson Kuhlman (Boston) and Jared Thomas (St. Louis) have also taken part in NHL camps, as has future Bulldog Luke Loheit (Ottawa) out of Minnetonka.