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College Hockey Showdown At Wild Scrimmage

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Forwards Alex Tuch and Jordan Greenway come from similar paths, and have connected futures.

On Tuesday, Tuch helped Team White defeat Greenway and Team Green 12-4 to close out the Minnesota Wild’s 2015 Development Camp, and Tuch stole the show with a shootout goal and celebration.

With every skater on each team taking a shootout attempt to end the scrimmage, Tuch moved in on goalie Brody Hoffman, stick-handling the puck wide of the crease before shooting it into the goal from a sharp angle.

After scoring, Tuch arched his celebration route in front of the Team Green bench, where he high-stepped his way past Greenway and his opponents.

“The shootout move wasn’t even planned,” Tuch said. “I was planning to do something else but the goalie kind of threw his stick on me so I kind of had to hold onto the puck, hold onto the puck, and hope that he didn’t get to the post. It was kind of lucky.

But the celebration...guys weren’t having as much fun as they should have, so I thought I’d spark it up a little bit, chirping and laughing.”

Tuch and Greenway met playing for the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and have the same family adviser. The two friends were each able to enjoy Tuch’s antics after the scrimmage ended.

“It was a little gutless, you know what I mean?” Greenway said with a laugh. “No, I was happy for him, it was a nice move. I’ll give him a little harassment tonight, but it was good; it was fun.”

Tuch and Greenway will go their separate ways with Development Camp over, but won’t wait too long to see each other again. Both players were invited to the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp in August, held in Lake Placid, NY from August 1-8 to help decide the 2016 United States World Junior Championship roster.

They will also cross paths, playing college hockey this year in Hockey East in one of the country’s biggest rivalries, with Tuch at Boston College, and Greenway at Boston University.

“[Jordan is] a really funny kid, lots of energy, loves a good laugh, and just a really good, all-around kid,” said Tuch, who is entering his sophomore year. “I still have some friends over at BU that I played against, and you stay friends. When it’s on the ice, it’s all business. Off the ice, it’s a lot of fun still.”

Greenway, an incoming freshman, said he is eager to get a taste of what’s known as The Battle of Comm. Ave: the two schools, each located on Commonwealth Avenue, are separated by about three miles.

“Obviously it’s a big rivalry, right?” Greenway said. “But going forward I’m looking forward especially going to BC, with their crowd, and playing against them, and hopefully coming out with a win.”

Greenway, selected in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft, was attending his first Development Camp. Tuch, participating in his second camp after getting drafted in the first round in 2014, made an impression on the Wild coaches.

“I will give [Tuch] a ton of credit for his off-ice work,” said Brad Bombardir, the Wild’s Director Of Player Development, who coached Team Green. “He’s gone home this summer, and he’s come in great shape, in incredible shape. He’s worked hard off the ice, and he’s done a ton of work, and you can see it.

He’s done the right things that we’ve asked him to do so far, so we’re very happy with him, and very proud of the work he put in this summer.”

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