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College Hockey Recruiting: North Dakota lands top Canadian prospect Ryan Gropp for 2014

North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol picked up a big fish when his program landed Ryan Gropp of the Penticton Vees.

Ryan Gropp celebrates a goal against the United States.
Ryan Gropp celebrates a goal against the United States.
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One of the top uncommitted recruits for the class of 2014 has found a home. Kamloops, British Columbia native Ryan Gropp verbally committed to the University of North Dakota to play for Dave Hakstol.

Gropp, a big leftwing, plays for the Penticton Vees in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He scored 12 goals and added 19 assists in 50 games as a 16 year-old this past season. Gropp is one of just three players that don't play in the CHL to be invited to Canada's Ivan Hlinka tryout camp.

Jeff Cox covers hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.