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UND commits Jake Livanavage, Andrew Strathmann to play in All-American Game

The blue liners are expected to join the Fighting Hawks in the fall.

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Defenseman Jake Livanavage skates in a game with the Chicago Steel.
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GRAND FORKS — A pair of UND recruits will play in the annual All-American Game, which features top American NHL Draft-eligible players from the United States Hockey League and the National Team Development Program.

Defensemen Jake Livanavage of the Chicago Steel and Andrew Strathmann of the Youngstown Phantoms will play in the game, which is set for Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. in Plymouth, Mich. It will be televised by NHL Network.

Livanavage will play for Team Blue. Strathmann will play for Team White.

Livanavage also played in the game last season along with current UND freshman Ben Strinden.

Both Livanavage and Strathmann have signed National Letters of Intent with UND and are expected to join the Fighting Hawks next fall.

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They are both rank in the top 10 in points per game among USHL defensemen.

Livanavage, who was passed over in last year's draft but is eligible again this summer, has three goals and 15 points in 20 games for the Steel. Strathmann, who will be draft-eligible for the first time this summer, has a goal and 17 points in 18 games for the Phantoms.

The NHL Draft is scheduled for June 28-29 in Nashville.

All-American Game

When: 3 p.m., Jan. 16.
Where: USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth, Mich.
TV: NHL Network.
Of note: The game features the top American NHL Draft-eligible players from the USHL and NTDP.

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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