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.READ MORE: Uptown’s Williams Pub & Peanut Bars Closes Indefinitely After Shooting
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.”READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For South-Central Minnesota
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.MORE NEWS: Gophers Break Losing Streak, Beat Rutgers 68-65
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