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International Falls defenseman Corrin commits to UMD

International Falls senior defenseman Willie Corrin likes the idea of staying close to home and joining a program that has produced some top-level defensemen in recent years. That led him to accept a Minnesota Duluth men's hockey scholarship Satu...

International Falls senior defenseman Willie Corrin likes the idea of staying close to home and joining a program that has produced some top-level defensemen in recent years. That led him to accept a Minnesota Duluth men's hockey scholarship Saturday. He probably will join the Bulldogs in 2012-13.

Corrin, 18, who is 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, had 19 goals and 30 assists for 49 points in 26 games this season for the Broncos. He's expected to play two years with the Fargo (N.D.) Force of the U.S. Hockey League before coming to UMD.

"I've always wanted to go to UMD, the coaching staff there is very good in working with defensemen, and there's a good chance of playing on a national-caliber team there," Corrin said Tuesday.

International Falls coach John Prettyman says Corrin is a raw talent with skill. Corrin has been on the varsity for three seasons and was a tri-

captain in 2009-10, and is the school's baseball captain.

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"He's got a great shot and great feet, he's run our power play the last two years and is extremely competitive," said Prettyman, who has been with the International Falls program the past 35 years, the last seven as head coach.

Corrin was a three-time Minnesota Associated Press All-State honorable mention pick, and was on the 2010 News Tribune All-Area second team. He had a goal and an assist in the Ted Brill Great 8 tournament that finished Sunday in South St. Paul.

Recent UMD defensemen include Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars and Jason Garrison of the Florida Panthers, Josh Meyers with Abbotsford, British Columbia, in the American Hockey League and Evan Oberg with Manitoba of the AHL.

Corrin said he had scholarship offers from Northern Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha, where his uncle, Dean Blais, is head coach.

Forbort, Faulk on USA U-18 team

Defensemen Derek Forbort of Duluth and Justin Faulk of South St. Paul are the only Minnesotans on the United States team named Wednesday to compete in the World Under-18 Championships on April 13-23 in Minsk and Bobruisk, Belarus.

Coach Scott Kleinendorst and the Americans open play with an exhibition against Belarus on April 8.

Forbort, a North Dakota recruit, and Faulk, a UMD recruit, are with the USA Under-18 team in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Hobey Baker Final Three Named

Three forwards were named Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists Wednesday -- seniors Bobby Butler of New Hampshire and Blake Geoffrion of Wisconsin, and sophomore Gustav Nyquist of Maine. The 30th annual award, which goes to the top Division I men's player, will be named April 9 in Detroit.

Butler, from Marlboro, Mass., the Hockey East player of the year, leads Division I with 29 goals in 39 games, and has 24 assists for 53 points. Geoffrion, from Brentwood, Tenn., the MVP of the NCAA West Regional, has 27 goals and 21 assists for 48 points in 38 games. Nyquist, from Malmo, Sweden, runner-up for Hockey East player of the year, led Division I in scoring with 19 goals and 42 assists for 61 points.

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