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Red River's Jackson Kunz picked in first round of USHL Phase I draft

File photo of Red River's Jackson Kunz steering the puck away from Central forward Lucas Kanta at the Purpur Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

For the second time in three years, a Grand Forks product was taken in the first round of the United States Hockey League's Phase I Draft.

Grand Forks Red River freshman and UND recruit Jackson Kunz was selected No. 9 overall by the Green Bay Gamblers on Monday night in the Phase I Draft, which features players born in 2002.

Kunz, who participated in the National Team Development Program's selection camp this spring, hasn't decided yet where he will play next season.

If he does not play for Green Bay, the Gamblers will still retain his rights for future years.

Two years ago, Red River's Braden Costello was selected by Des Moines with the No. 2 overall pick. Costello joined Des Moines a year and a half later.

Kunz was an all-state selection as a freshman, scoring 23 goals and 40 points in 24 games. He was the second-leading scorer for the Roughriders.

Defenseman Evan Bushy of Thief River Falls was picked by Sioux Falls in the seventh round. He's the younger brother of Brendan Bushy, who was an alternate captain for Dubuque and is headed to play college hockey at St. Cloud State.

East Grand Forks Senior High forward Landon Parker was selected by Sioux City in the ninth round. Parker was injured for much of the season, but put up 12 points in his first 11 games.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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