Saturday, March 11, 2017

Storm Trade Former Vernon Viper Tufto To Sioux City:

The United States Hockey League (USHL) Try-City Storm have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Odeen to the USHL Sioux City Musketeers.

Tufto started the season with the USHL Fargo Force before being traded to Try-City January 16th 2017.

Tufto played one season in Vernon (2015-16) before leaving the team over the summer to join the United States Hockey League (USHL) Fargo Force. In 57 games last season with the Vipers Tufto recorded (25-goals-40-assists-65-points).

Odeen Tufto's Player Profile:

This was posted on the Musketeers website:

Musketeers Add Pieces for the Final Stretch

By Anthony S. Hegstrom, 02/07/17

With only 22 more games left in the regular season Musketeers add to roster.

Sioux City, IA| The Sioux City Musketeers announces a trade with the Tri-City Storm receiving three players, trading three draft picks and future considerations. With only 22 games left in the season, Musketeers sit tied for first with the Waterloo Black Hawks at 53 points.

With a record of 23-8-5-2 Musketeers add a few pieces to strengthen a team that has played strong all season. These additions will look to put the current group in a situation to be successful in the final months.

Explaining this move with Tri-City Coach Varady's main reason on this was, “Over the last 15 games we have had some injuries, but these three additions will help with our group we already have here.”

In the acquisition, the Musketeers received right winger Charlie Kelleher, a University of New Hampshire commit. In 40 games Kelleher has tallied 33 points, 11 goals and 22 assists with a plus/minus +3. Charlie Kelleher ranks 12th among all forwards in the USHL. “Kelleher is a guy that has played on the top line in the league, you look at their point totals they were dangerous offensively every night,” expressed Coach Varady.

Musketeers will also be welcoming Tri-City’s forward Odeen Tufto, a Quinnipiac University commit. Odeen played 30 games with the Fargo Force and then eight games with Tri-City this season. “Tufto is a guy that can play the wing or center that has a dynamic skill set,” mentioned Coach Jay Varady. In 38 games Tufto scored eight goals, assisted on 20 with a plus/minus -4. In the 2015-16 season in the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) Odeen played 57 games earning 24 goals and 40 assists.

Sioux City adds another defenseman, Joey Matthews, a Dartmouth College commit from Columbia, IL. During his 38 games, Matthews has tallied three goals, and seven assists with a plus/minus -3. Last season winning the Clark Cup Champions, Coach Varady believes this gives his team more experience, “he’s a player who played with a d-core that won a championship. He’s an experienced player coming in here that will play key minutes for us in all situations.”

Sioux City heads to Omaha Tuesday for a mid-week game. Kelleher, Tufto, and Matthews will join the team for their first game as a Musketeer. Marcel Godbout and CJ Dodero have been released by the Musketeers to make room on the roster.

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