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Men's hockey: Former GF resident to play for Blais

A former Grand Forks resident, who grew up watching Dean Blais-coached teams skate in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, will soon be playing for the renowned coach.

A former Grand Forks resident, who grew up watching Dean Blais-coached teams skate in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, will soon be playing for the renowned coach.

Defenseman Tony Turgeon verbally committed to play college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha this week and will join the Mavericks next season, when the team will move from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to the WCHA.

Turgeon moved away from Grand Forks upon reaching high school. He played for the Spooner Mustangs in Spooner, Wis., as a junior and joined the Madison Capitals AAA midget major team as a senior.

Last season, Turgeon played for the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman had six goals, four assists, 10 points and 124 penalty minutes in 48 games in Bismarck.

This season, Turgeon moved to the United States Hockey League. A member of the Waterloo Blackhawks, Turgeon ranks second in the USHL in penalty minutes with 36 (trailing only C.J. Ludwig, son of former Sioux defenseman Craig Ludwig).

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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