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Bemidji State men's hockey: Matt Read to participate in Minnesota Wild development camp

Bemidji State's Matt Read skates with the puck during a game last season at John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Bemidji State senior men's hockey player Matt Read will participate in the Minnesota Wild development camp next week in St. Paul.

The development camp begins next Tuesday and concludes with scrimmages next Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center. Saturday's scrimmage is open to Wild season ticket holders only and Sunday's scrimmage is open to the public.

Read is one of 10 non-roster invitees to the camp, which include Minnesota-Duluth forward Justin Fontaine, Tyler Johnson of the USA World Junior Team and Miami's Cameron Schilling.

Read participated in the New York Rangers development camp last month with former teammate Chris McKelvie.

Read was courted by NHL teams last spring following his third standout season with the Beavers, but passed on professional opportunity and said he would return to the Beavers for his senior season in an April interview with the Pioneer.

"It was the toughest decision I've ever had to make," Read said. "As of now, I'm coming back to Bemidji State to complete my degree and play my final year of college hockey. Something very monumental would have to happen for that to change.

"I turned down some good offers from National Hockey League teams. It all came down to should I play in the NHL now, or come back to BSU and get my degree. Right now, I think it's the best thing to come back."

Read has led the Beavers in scoring in his first three seasons and has been durable.

He has played in 110 career collegiate games and racked up 108 total points on 43 goals and 65 assists.

He finished with 19 goals and 41 points last season in helping lead the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.