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Top 2016 draft prospect Bellows to join USNTDP

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Kieffer Bellows, a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, will play next season with the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Bellows, 16, played this season with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League. He led the Stampede with 33 goals, a USHL-record for a 16-year-old, and was second with 52 points. He also had nine goals in 12 playoff games. Bellows was named the USHL Rookie of the Year and made the All-USHL Third Team.

"We are excited to have Kieffer join us next year," USNTDP U-18 coach Danton Cole said. "He had a tremendous season in Sioux Falls, winning a USHL championship while also being recognized for several awards. Coach [Cary] Eades and his staff did an excellent job with Kieffer and it will serve him well as he embarks on our USHL, NCAA and international schedule."

Bellows is the son of former NHL forward Brian Bellows.

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