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Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi has announced his commitment to play college hockey at Miami University. Tiuraniemi, whose 18 points rank tied for fourth in scoring among defensemen in the USHL, is the fourth Fighting Saints player to announce his college commitment during the 2016–17 season.
A native of Pietarsaari, Finland, Tiuraniemi was originally selected by Dubuque in the eighth round of the 2016 Phase II Draft. Prior to his time in the USHL, he was named a Jr. A SM-Liiga First Team All-Star, and he posted the most points by a defenseman in the league (38).
“I felt really comfortable at Miami, and I thought this decision was the best thing for me,” Tiuraniemi said. “It’s a big change from European hockey to the North American game, and I think being here in Dubuque made me get used to it and made me play a lot better, and that’s a big thing for me.”
Tiuraniemi will join a Redhawks team that includes former Fighting Saints Willie Knierim and Gordie Green. With his announcement, Dubuque now has 19 Division 1 college commits on the roster.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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