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Youth is served: Eighth grader commits to UMD men's hockey team

The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team received an oral commitment, for a few years down the road, Sunday from forward Joey Anderson of Roseville, Minn.

Anderson will be a Hill-Murray freshman this fall after splitting the 2012-13 season between the Hill-Murray junior varsity and varsity as an eighth grader.

On his Twitter account, Anderson said "I am excited to announce I have committed to play my college hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth," calling UMD his "dream school."

If he joins the Bulldogs immediately out of high school it would be for the 2017-18 college year. He turns 15 on June 19.

Anderson joined the Hill-Murray varsity in January and, in his second game, scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over St. Thomas Academy, which went on to win the 2013 Minnesota Class A state tournament. Hill-Murray (27-3-1) ultimately would lose to Edina in the Class AA championship game.

Anderson, listed as 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, had nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 14 games in 2012-13.

Anderson has been noticed elsewhere. Brandon (Manitoba) of the major-junior Western Hockey League picked Anderson in the ninth round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft on May 2 in Calgary, Alberta. Brandon also drafted Shattuck-St. Mary's sophomore-to-be defenseman Ryan Lindgren of Lakeville, Minn., who has made a commitment to the University of Minnesota.

Anderson and Lindgren are not attending Brandon's prospects camp this weekend.