The Dallas Stars selected Riley Tufte with the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and after spending the past two seasons in the AHL he finally got the call to the show this season.
On Thursday, Tufte was set to play his very first NHL game in his home state of Minneapolis and spoke about how excited he was for the night earlier in the day.
The team even used Tufte in a graphic to help promote Thursday night’s game with a quote about how it’s a childhood dream come true to play in Minnesota.
Well, shortly after the pre-game warm-ups things changed and the Stars coaching staff decided to make Tufte a healthy scratch.
Tufte apparently spent a lot of money on tickets to the game with the help of Wild forward and friend Nick Bjugstad, but the special moment was put on hold, and Stars fans were not pleased. Especially since the team went on to get crushed, 7-2.
Tufte was drafted back in 2016 but committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he scored 34 goals and 64 points in 121 games over three seasons.