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.

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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.”

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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.

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