Gophers

Gopher Freshman Vannelli Leaves Hockey Program

View Comments

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. Pet Of The Week: Marie, A Chihuahua Mix
  2. More Holiday Photos From 'WCCO This Morning' Viewers
  3. 4 Things To Know For Dec. 19, 2014
  4. Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir Performs Live
  5. WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Place To See Santa In MN

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota freshman Tommy Vannelli of Minnetonka has decided to leave the Golden Gophers’ hockey program.

Hockey coach Don Lucia made the announcement Tuesday.

Lucia says after a few weeks of trying to balance academics and athletics, Vannelli decided that college hockey “was not the best route for him at this time.”

Lucia says the team accepts his decision.

Vannelli split last season between Minnetonka High School and the U.S. Under-18 team. The St. Louis Blues selected Vannelli in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft with the 47th overall pick.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,380 other followers