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January 8, 2014 E-MAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share

Tambellini Leaves North Dakota for Major Junior

CHN Staff Report

North Dakota forward Adam Tambellini has decided to leave school to play in major junior. He joined Calgary of the WHL today, after the team acquired his rights from the Portland Winterhawks.

Tambellini, a 6-foot-3 freshman, played 16 of the team's 18 games so far this season. He has two goals and two assists, and a minus-5 rating. He scored in his first game, against Vermont, and had just one after that. At just 168 pounds, it took time for him to adjust with a thin frame, but he seemed to be more comfortable lately and was being counted on as a big contributor going forward.

Tambellini is the son of former NHL executive Steve Tambellini. His brother, Jeff, played at Michigan through 2005 and went on to play 242 NHL games.

He was a third-round pick (65th overall) of the New York Rangers in last June's NHL Draft.

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