Lake Placid, NY (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native and incoming University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) freshman forward Dom Toninato is one of 31 players to make the first cut at this week's USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp, it was announced on Tuesday.
44 players started the camp this past weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., with the 31 remaining still auditioning for a spot on the United States roster for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships.
"As a staff, we have been happy with the players' intensity and compete level," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. "The players released today will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games this week give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."
Toninato, a former Duluth East standout, skated this past winter for Fargo in the United States Hockey League (USHL), finishing eighth in the league with 29 goals and 41 assists.
Seven of his goals were game-winners, a mark that tied him for third among all skaters in the USHL. He also finished the year with a plus-29 rating, which tied him for 12th among league skaters.
A fifth-round draft choice of Toronto in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Toninato will join the UMD program as a freshman in the 2013-14 season.