FARGO, N.D. (Fargo Force) -- The Fargo Force have two representatives on rosters for the IIHF World U20 Championships to be held in Buffalo, New York from December 26 to January 5. Leading scorer Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup will represent Denmark and former player Riley Tufte will play for Team USA.
The World U20 Championships represent the highest level of international competition for players under the age of 20. The tournament will feature 10 of the best international junior teams in the world in two pools of five. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the eight-team, bracketed quarterfinals. Team USA won the tournament last year with a shootout win over Team Canada in the championship game.
Schmidt-Svejstrup, a native of Charlottenlund, Denmark, leads the Force and the USHL in scoring this year with 29 points (17-12-29) in 23 games played, highlighted by an 11-game point streak that stretched from October 14 to November 11. The Maine commit has 12 points (5-7-12) in his last eight games prior to leaving for the tournament. Schmidt-Svejstrup is draft eligible and was also named to the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.
Former Force forward, Riley Tufte, now a sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was selected by Fargo with the first overall pick in the 2014 USHL Futures Draft. The Blaine, Minnesota native scored 19 points (11-8-19) in 34 games with the Force split across parts of the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. The 2015 Minnesota Mr. Hockey winner has 11 points (8-3-11) so far this season for the Bulldogs. Tufte was drafted in the first round as the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.
The USHL-leading Force are back in action following the USHL holiday break December 29 and 30 at home at Scheels Arena. Puck drop for both games is at 7:05 PM. Tickets are available at the Scheels Arena box office Monday through Friday from 10AM-5PM, online 24/7 at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.