PHILADELPHIA – Miami University incoming freshman Louie Belpedio (Skokie, Ill./USNTDP) was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the third round of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
Belpedio had his name called with the 80th overall pick in the seven-round draft. He is the 26th Miami player that has been drafted under head coach Enrico Blasi. He is the 58th player in Miami history to be selected in the NHL Draft. He is one of seven draft picks on MU’s 2014-15 roster, joining seniors Blake Coleman (New Jersey) and Jimmy Mullin (Tampa Bay), juniors Riley Barber (Washington), Sean Kuraly (San Jose) and Colin Sullivan (Montreal) along with sophomore Anthony Louis (Chicago).
In his final year with the US National Team Development Program, Belpedio tallied 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists in 54 games. He served as captain of the Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s U-18 World Championship in Finland, helping guide the team to a gold medal with two assists in seven games.
Earlier this month, Belpedio was invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, where he will audition for a spot on team USA for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Belpedio will make his Miami debut on Oct. 4 when the RedHawks host his former team, the US National Team Development Program.
Louie Belpedio's Post Draft Interview (Courtesy Minnesota Wild)