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UMD hockey notebook: Sandelin signs another defensemen for 2017-18

Louis Roehl

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program announced the addition of a 10th freshman to the 2017-18 roster on Monday, July 31, signing former Minnesota Wilderness defenseman Louie Roehl to a National Letter of Intent.

Roehl (pronounced Rail) recorded six goals and 35 assists in 67 games last season for the Cloquet-based junior team of the Tier II North American Hockey League.

The 19-year-old Roehl, who is a native of Eden Prairie, led the Eagles to a pair of top three finishes at the Minnesota Class AA state tournament as a junior in 2015 (runner-up) and senior in 2016 (third).

Of the 10 freshmen UMD head coach Scott Sandelin is bringing in this fall, half of them are defensemen following the graduation of four blue liners and the early departure of another — Neal Pionk of Hermantown signed with the New York Rangers.

As of now, the Bulldogs' 2017-18 roster will feature nine defensemen, 15 forwards and three goaltenders.

Tufte, Samberg start strong at Summer Showcase

The reason UMD may enter 2017-18 with its largest roster since fielding 27 in 2008-09 is because of the four Bulldogs who are candidates to play for Team USA in the 2018 World Junior Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sophomore forwards Riley Tufte and Joey Anderson, as well as freshmen defensemen Dylan Samberg and Mikey Anderson, are among the 44 Americans taking part in the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase this week in Plymouth, Mich. The camp is an audition for the upcoming World Juniors and also features teams from Canada, Sweden and Finland.

Tufte already has two assists following split-squad games on Saturday and Sunday against Finland and Sweden. A year ago Tufte broke his wrist at the camp in an exhibition against Sweden and wound up missing the first four games of his freshman season at UMD.

Samberg, of Hermantown, also has an assist in two games.

Team USA's White and Blue teams face Canada's Red and White teams today in exhibitions in Plymouth. The U.S. will trim its roster on Wednesday and join Canada, Sweden and Finland in a round-robin on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Plymouth.

UMD women at national team camps

A number of current and future UMD women's players are also at national camps this month.

UMD verbal commitments Maggie Flaherty and Lizi Norton (both defensemen) and forward Mannon McMahon were three of 31 players selected to take part in the 2017 USA Hockey Women's Under-18 National Festival Aug. 8-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The event is used to select the 22-player U.S. U18 Select Team for a three-game series against Canada Aug. 17-20 in Lake Placid.

UMD head coach Maura Crowell will be part of the camp's staff. She is an associate head coach for the U.S. U18 Women's National Team.

Meanwhile, two members of the 2017-18 Bulldogs — senior defenseman Jess Healey and freshman forward Ashton Bell — are among the 25 invitees to Hockey Canada's National Women's Development Team camp Aug. 6-13 in Calgary, Alberta. The camp is part of the selection process for the 2018 Nations Cup in January in Fussen, Germany.

Kroberg leaves UMD women's program

The UMD women's program is seeking a new director of operations after Ian Kroberg left for a job with CCM Hockey's Field Activation Service Team. Kroberg spent two seasons with the Bulldogs' program. He managed the team's travel, was the team's equipment manager and was the team's video coordinator, among a number other things. UMD posted the job opening online last week at humanresources.umn.edu/jobs.

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