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Mobley Added As Canisius Assistant Hockey Coach

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Canisius hockey head coach Trevor Large announced the addition of Max Mobley to his staff as an assistant coach on Wednesday.

“Max is a terrific addition to our staff,” Large said. “He is passionate, professional and has the positive energy to enhance our current players’ development as well as the experience to drive our recruiting efforts. Max brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as a player and coach at the Division I level. I am excited for our staff and players to bring such a quality person and coach to our program.”

Mobley makes his way to Main Street after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Atlantic Hockey Association foe Holy Cross.

In his two seasons with the Crusaders, Mobley served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and also headed the skills development program for the team’s forwards. He aided in the development of All-AHA Eastern Pod Second Team selection Matt Slick and was also influential in the maturation of a forward group that saw three players record double-digit goals during the 2019-20 campaign. 

I’m extremely excited to join the Canisius Hockey staff and want to thank Coach Large for giving me this opportunity, Mobley said. “I have the utmost respect for Trevor, both as a coach and as a person. He’s a great hockey mind as well as a genuine person, invested in developing relationships with players – both past and present. It was a very easy decision for me to join the Golden Griffins.

“Canisius has developed a great reputation of consistently competing as one of the top teams in Atlantic Hockey, and I’m looking forward to continuing the push towards winning conference championships and competing in the national tournament. I know this group is hungry to accomplish both goals, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Before his stint at Holy Cross, Mobley spent the 2018-19 season as a volunteer coach at Notre Dame. He aided the Fighting Irish coaching staff during a highly-successful campaign that saw the team earn a No. 1 national ranking, capture the B1G Ten Tournament Championship, and advance to the finals of the NCAA Northeast Regional.

Prior to his time in South Bend, Mobley worked for four seasons at Hamilton College (2014-18) as an assistant coach. He oversaw the Continentals’ individual skill development and coached the team’s penalty kill unit, which ranked among the top five nationally in that category in back-to-back seasons.

As the co-head of recruiting at Hamilton, Mobley was instrumental in helping construct the 2016-17 squad that captured the NESCAC Regular Season Championship, won its first NCAA Tournament game and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. As a member of the NESCAC Coaching Staff of the Year, Mobley helped the Continentals set program records in both wins (22) and goals scored (92) during the 2016-17 season while also ranking among the top five teams nationally in scoring defense (1.86).

A native of Glendale, Ariz., Mobley began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, St. Lawrence University, during the 2013-14 season.

As a four-year letterwinner with the Saints from 2008-12, Mobley earned the ECAC Student-Athlete award three times during his collegiate career (2010-2012).  He went on to play professionally in the ECHL and SPHL after graduating with a history degree from St. Lawrence in 2012.

Elizabeth Hanson ’21 Named To Academic All-District Women’s At-Large First Team

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CoSIDA Release

ELMIRA, N.Y. — 
Recent Elmira College graduate and former women’s ice hockey student-athlete, Elizabeth Hanson ’21, was named to the Academic All-District® Women’s At-Large First Team.

Hanson is now eligible for the Academic All-America® ballot, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She is the fourth player in team history to garner Academic All-District® honors, joining Ari Smith ’18, Sarah Hughson ’18, and Katie Granato ’19.

A four-time United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) champion, Hanson received a degree in Speech and Language Disabilities in June after graduating summa cum laude with a cumulative 3.86 grade-point average. Her academic accomplishments include UCHC All-Academic Team, Empire 8 Conference President’s List, and American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American Scholar awards. She was also secretary of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and vice president of the League of Intern Speech Pathologists.

On the ice, the Stoughton, Massachusetts, native was a two-time All-UCHC selection, the 2021 UCHC Goaltender of the Year, and winner of the College’s 2021 Female Career Achievement Award. As a junior in 2019-20, Hanson finished second in Division III in goals-against average (0.82) and save percentage (.960), and was third in shutouts (7). During the abbreviated 2021 season, she backstopped the Soaring Eagles to a fourth consecutive conference title by going 12-1-0 with a 0.76 goals-against average and five shutout victories.

Hanson finished her collegiate career this winter with Elmira’s all-time record for highest save percentage (.952). She also ranks second in goals-against average (0.80), sixth in shutouts (16), seventh in wins (34), and eighth in saves (596).

Girls 16/17 Players Selected For Under-18 Select Camp

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By USA Hockey —


Five forwards, four defenders and four goalies chosen based on performances the past six days

As the 2021 USA Hockey BioSteel Girls 16/17 Player Development Camp comes to a close and players depart today, it was announced that 13 players have been selected to advance to the Girls Under-18 Select Player Development Camp, set for July 16-22, at Herb Brooks Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The players, five forwards, four defenders and four goalies, were chosen based on their performances the past six days of action. Those players selected will now audition for the Under-18 National Festival in Blaine, Minn., later in August and the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team that will compete in the 2022 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship.

A full list of the players selected can be found below. 

PLAYER POSITION TEAM (NUMBER) DISTRICT 
Tatum BlackerGoalieBlack (34)Central
Sedona BlairGoalieRoyal (31)Minnesota
Bailey CallawayGoalieGold (40)Mid-American
Genevieve KleinGoalieGold (41)Minnesota
Claire EnrightForwardBlack (10)Minnesota
Sophia EnsleyForwardRed (12)Massachusetts
Jordan RayForwardBlack (18)Southeastern
Mckenzie SirokyForwardGold (19)Michigan
Clara YuhnForwardRoyal (19)Michigan
Adelena AlvarezDefenseRoyal (2)New York
Laine DevriesDefenseGold (2)Minnesota
Julianna GazdikDefenseRed (2)Central
Molly JordanDefenseGold (4)New England

Beauts Sign 2nd-Round Draft Pick

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BUFFALO – The Buffalo Beauts announced today that they have signed their 2021 2nd-round draft selection Anjelica Diffendal. The signing is Buffalo’s second for a 2021 draftee and their second one from Robert Morris University. Diffendal was the first pick in the second round of the 2021 NWHL Draft and the seventh player selected overall.   

“I am most excited about getting the opportunity to be able to play at the next level and compete against some of the best athletes,” said Diffendal. “Buffalo has talented players and hopefully I will be able to contribute to the team’s success. They have great organization and I am thankful for the chance to be a part of it. l cannot wait to get started!”

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Diffendal suited up for 122 NCAA games for her hometown RMU Colonials. Across that time the 6-foot skater tallied 24 goals, 16 assists and 40 points. Her finest offensive production came during her 2019-20 junior campaign when she set career highs for goals (9), assists (9) and points (18) through 36 games. 

“We like a lot of what we see in Jell,” said Beauts General Manager Nate Oliver. “It is why we selected her as early as we did. For such a big body, she is a very deceptive player. If you look at the goals she has scored and the offense she has generated, you see that it is due to the fact that she can sneakily get behind the defense. We like her reach and her hockey sense. She is a quieter leader and earned a lot of respect during her time at RMU. We are very much looking forward to working with her.”

Diffendal is a product of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program throughout her teenage years. She was only the third Pittsburgh-born player in RMU’s women’s hockey history. During her senior season she helped lead the Colonials to their first CHA Tournament championship since 2017. Diffendal’s eight tallies in 25 games en route to the championship tied her for third most among RMU skaters. Four of her 24 career NCAA goals were game-winners. 

Diffendal is eager to show Beauts fans what she is capable of on the ice. For those who have not had a chance to see her play before, they are bound to enjoy her style and flair. 

“I hope to impress the fans with my deceptive speed,” Diffendal said. “I tend to be explosive in the neutral zone and sometimes catch the defense off guard. My teammates also liked to point out my goal celebrations, so I am hoping to bring some of that to each game as well!”  

WBS Pens And Auburn, NY Native To Coach US Under-18 Men’s Select Team

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach J.D. Forrest will be behind the bench this summer, guiding the 2021 U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team at the 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The annual, international tournament will take place between August 2-7 and be held in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

The tournament features the top U-18 players from the United States, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Forrest, a native of Auburn, NY, is no stranger to USA Hockey, having previously served as an assistant coach during the 2015 U-18 IIHF World Championships, the 2016 Youth Olympic Games, and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

THE TOURNAMENT

The competition began in 1991 as the Phoenix Cup, and was renamed the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in 2007, in honor of the late Czechoslovakian standout and former Pittsburgh Penguins coach who died in 2004.  

The tournament became the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2018, when the Canadian, Czech and Slovak ice hockey federations agreed to alternate hosting duties.

Team USA will participate in a pre-tournament warm up against the Czech Republic on Saturday, July 31 at 12:30pm ET in Breclav.  

The U.S. will face Slovakia, Sweden and Germany in preliminary round play, while the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Switzerland will battle in a second group.

The top two teams from each four-team group will advance to the semifinals on Friday, August 6, with the championship game set to take place on Saturday, August 7.

Team USA has finished in the top three of the Hlinka tournament 13 times since the tournament began in 1991. The U.S. earned first place in 2003, second on nine occasions (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2016) and third three times (1991, 1995, 2014).

TEAM USA SCHEDULE

 DATE OPPONENT/ROUND TIME (LOCAL/ET)/RESULT  LOCATION
Sat., July 31 Czech Republic  | Pre-Tournament  6:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. FOSFA Arena Břeclav, Břeclav, Czech Republic
Mon., Aug 2 Slovakia | Preliminary 7 p.m. / 1 p.m. Easton Arena Piešťany, Piešťany, Slovakia
Tues., Aug. 3 Sweden | Preliminary 3:30 p.m. / 9:30 a.m. Easton Arena Piešťany,  Piešťany, Slovakia
Wed., Aug 4 Germany | Preliminary

(WBS Penguins Photo)

Beauts Ink Top Draft Pick Emilie Harley

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BUFFALO – The Buffalo Beauts announced that their 1st round selection in the 2021 NWHL Draft has signed a contract with the team. Defender/forward Emilie Harley will suit up for the Beauts in the upcoming 2021-22 season following a highly successful college career at Robert Morris University. The Beauts selected her with the second overall pick in the draft. 

“As a female athlete, just to be a part of a draft at all is pretty special so I’m really thankful that the NWHL and the Beauts gave me that opportunity,” said Harley. “I’m honored to be the Beauts first selection in the draft. It makes me feel like the coaches and the GM have the confidence in me to play a big role for the team. Out of all the eligible picks, the fact that Buffalo chose me just validates my goal to play at the highest level possible and makes me feel like all my hard work has paid off.”

A native of Syracuse, New York, Harley played 130 NCAA games for the RMU Colonials. Across that time she scored 10 goals, 36 assists and 46 points. Four of Harley’s 10 career goals came on the power play. Showcasing her leadership abilities, she wore an “A” on her jersey during her 2020-21 senior season. Known primarily as a defender during her time for RMU, Harley also has experience at center. 

“Emilie checks all of the boxes for us,” said Beauts GM Nate Oliver. “ She has awesome reach with the puck given her 6-foot frame, and she controls it very well once it’s on her stick. She skates strong and powerfully, and is confident in her stride. We love Emilie’s professionalism and her character. We knew going into the draft that we were getting a great hockey player who is also a top notch person. I think you’ll see her become a great ambassador for our game at the professional level. A player of her caliber and persona rarely comes along.”

Harley was a decorated player even before and during her collegiate career. She is a 2-time member of the USA U18 Development Camp in 2015 and 2016. Harley was a 2017 MVP for the Ontario Hockey Academy. As a sophomore at RMU she was named co-Student-Athlete of the Year in the CHA for posting a 4.0 GPA as a biology major. Harley was selected to the College Hockey for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiative – a group comprising players, coaches and administrators from men’s and women’s college hockey across the country working to promote cultural change throughout the sport.Harley is excited to bring her game to Buffalo and suit up for the Beauts organization.
“As a defenseman I think I see the ice really well and distributing the puck is one of my best skills,” said Harley,” so hopefully that will give us more time in the offensive zone. I’m a solid defensive player and my height gives me an advantage to keep my opponent away from our net which is my main goal. My experience as a forward also gives me the confidence to make plays or skate with the puck to try and score.”

Happy 4th of July

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To all of the followers of NY Hockey OnLine, please have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend.

Army Hockey Welcomes Nine To Class of 2025

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point Head Hockey Coach Brian Riley has announced that nine new faces will be joining the Black Knights locker room next season as a part of the Class of 2025. The incoming Cadet-Athletes began their time on the Hudson this past weekend, when they were welcomed during the 2021 R-Day ceremonies. These players will join an Army team that is coming off a 15-5-1 record and that is returning a bulk of talent to West Point. Coach Riley is excited to see the impact this group will have on the future of the program. 

“We are extremely excited about the nine young men that started their 47-month experience here at West Point this week.” said Coach Riley. “Not only will they be a great addition to our team but they will be a great addition to the Corps of Cadets as well.”

The Army Hockey Class of 2025 represents eight different states and includes five forwards, three defenseman and one goaltender. 

Andrew Garby / Defenseman / Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) / Canton, Mich. – Played three seasons with the Ice Dogs … Recorded six goals and 19 assists in 2020-21 … Totaled 54 points over three seasons with his junior team. 

Andrew Gilbert / Defenseman / New Jersey Hitmen (NCDC) / Fairfield, Conn. – Played in 93 games across two seasons with the Hitmen … Totaled 20 points from the blue line … Built a reputation as a lockdown defenseman in the NCDC … Led the Hitmen blueliners in total ice time, blocked shots and shorthanded time on the ice. 

Joey Baez / Forward / Lonestar Brahmas (NAHL) / Tampa, Fla. – Played in 140 games across three seasons with the Brahmas … Led the NAHL in goals during the 2019-20 season with 32 … Earned the NAHL South Division’s Forward of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in 2019-20 … Scored 63 total goals and dished out 58 assists in his three seasons in the NAHL. 

Michael Sacco / Forward / Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL) / USMAPS / Syosset, N.Y. – Played in 92 NAHL games with the Knights and the Odessa Jackalopes … Totaled 53 total points with 12 goals and 41 assists. 

Brad Zona / Defenseman / New Jersey Titans (NAHL) / Auburn, Mass. – Played in 101 games across three seasons for the Titans … Played three seasons of high school hockey for Cushing Academy before moving over to the NAHL … Recorded 28 points in the past two seasons with the Titans … Named to the NAHL All-East Division Rookie Team in 2019-20. 

Nick Martino / Forward / Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) / Glenolden, Pa. – Logged time in 52 games for the Bulls … Totaled 36 points on 13 goals and 23 assists … Named the team’s captain for the 2020-21 season. 

Josh Bohlin / Forward / Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) / Wausau, Wis. – Played in three NAHL seasons with the Wilderness and Minnesota Magicians … Served as the team captain for the 2020-21 season … Totaled 53 points on 24 goals and 29 assists. 

Evan Szary / Goalie / South Shore Kings (NCDC) / Nashville, Tenn. – Played in 62 games with the Kings across two seasons … Posted a combined save percentage of .925 on the South Shore … Named to the NCDC All Star Team in 2018-19 … Named the NCDC’s top Goaltender in 2020-21 … Earned the distinction after posting a record of 21-13-1 on the season. 

Hunter McCoy / Forward / Maryland Black Bears (NAHL) / Newburyport, Mass. – Played one season with the Black Bears … Scored 14 goals and dished out 21 assists to total 35 points on the year … Named the NAHL East Division’s Star of the Week twice in 2020-21 … Won the NCDC championship in 2017-18 with the Islanders Hockey Club. 

(Army Hockey Photo)

Madolora Named RIT’s Volunteer Goalie Coach

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – RIT head men’s hockey coach Wayne Wilson recently appointed former Tiger standout Shane Madolora the program’s Volunteer Goalie Coach. Madolora returns to the Tiger bench for the first time since 2012 after capping one of the most prolific goalie careers in RIT history.
 
Madolora is the program’s Division I era career leader with a .932 save percentage, which is tied for 10th in NCAA history. He is also tops with a 1.97 goals against average, which remains tied for 24th in the NCAA record book.
 
“Shane will be a great addition to our staff and we are excited to welcome him back to RIT,” said Wilson. “He was one of the best goalies to put the pads on for us, and we look forward to him sharing his wealth of knowledge and experiences as we further develop our goalies.”
 
Madolora established single-season program records as a junior which still stand, leading the nation with a .935 save percentage to go along with a stingy 1.93. GAA on his way to Inside College Hockey Second-Team All-America honors. The following year, he tied his own record with a 1.93 GAA to go along with a .931 save percentage while tying for first nationally with a program-record seven shutouts.
 
“I am extremely excited to come back to the RIT community to help the men’s hockey program,” said Madolora. “I look forward to the team returning in the fall when I can begin lending mentorship and guidance to our current goaltenders. I want to thank Coach Wilson, Associate Head Coaches Brian Hills and Dave Insalaco, and the rest of the staff for their support and guidance over the years and for the opportunity to join one of the best, long-standing coaching staffs in the country.”
 
Madolora remains first in Tiger history (and tied for 20th in NCAA history) with 13 career shutouts, as well as fourth with 1,727 saves, fifth with 36 wins, and tied for fifth with 65 appearances. His 18-9-5 record during the 2011-12 campaign tied for the second-highest single-season win total by a Tiger, completing his RIT career with a 36-14-2 record
 
Madolora was voted the 2010-11 Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Year after landing the first of back-to-back first-team all-conference nods. The team’s Dan & Laurie Barrows “Fan’s Choice Award” winner following the 2011-12 season, he was also tabbed the RIT Senior Athlete of the Year before graduating with a business administration management degree.
 
Madolora played professionally for four years following his RIT career, including training camp invites from the San Jose Sharks (NHL) and the Rochester Americans (AHL), along with appearances across the top leagues in France, England and Italy. The owner of Madolora Consulting and Development, he also previously served as Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel for the Rochester Monarchs Tier 2 Junior A program. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the RIT women’s hockey team from 2016-19.
 
Madolora lives in Rochester with his wife Lauren, who was a sprinter on the RIT women’s track and field team from 2008-12.
 

Canada Day

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To all the New York Hockey OnLine followers and friends north of the boarder, have a safe and wonderful CANADA DAY!

Colgate’s Borges Promoted To Associate Head Coach

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HAMILTON – Colgate Men’s Hockey Head Coach Don Vaughan has announced the promotion of Dana Borges to Associate Head Coach.

Now having wrapped up his third season, Borges joined the Colgate hockey program as an assistant coach for the 2018-19 campaign after previously serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Raiders in the 2016-17 season.

Dana Borges Promotion

“Dana is one of the brightest young minds in college hockey and in my opinion, he is one of the very best coaches in the country,” Vaughan said. “He is an excellent recruiter and clearly understands what it takes for a student-athlete to succeed at Colgate, both on the ice and in the classroom. He works incredibly hard and has helped us clearly define our culture. I am grateful for his loyalty and all he brings to Colgate Hockey, and to the campus and Hamilton communities.”

Borges’ most recent recruiting class included two players who were named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team, while the group included the addition of two NHL Draftees.

“Dana’s promotion to Associate Head Coach and added responsibilities is just one more step towards his goal of becoming a head coach,” Vaughan said. “I appreciate the support of our Athletic Director Dr. Nicki Moore and for her understanding like mine of the value Dana Borges brings to the Colgate Hockey program.”

In his first season with the Raiders, Borges helped lead the Colgate program to four wins over nationally ranked opponents in the 2018-19 campaign. Borges worked extensively with special teams where the Raiders held their opponents scoreless on the power play on 16 occasions.

“We talk about trust within our program on a daily basis,” Borges said. “To have earned the trust of Coach Vaughan, our administration, and our players to take on an expanded role is an honor.

“Coach Vaughan has provided me with incredible leadership and autonomy necessary to grow during my time at Colgate. Together, we have revamped our recruiting philosophies and installed a student-athlete centered development model and both are already yielding great results. Colgate has become my home and I am excited to see continued growth within the program.”

Borges continues to connect with Raiders who go on to play professional hockey in the ECHL, AHL, and European leagues after their time at Colgate. Last season, Bobby McMann ’20 signed with the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.

“Dana has always shown strong abilities as a coach through both his leadership on the bench and his passion to develop players individually,” said McMann. “He works every day studying the game to learn the latest skills and habits out there so that he can provide the team and players with the best opportunity for success.

“He played a huge role in my development by helping me improve not only my skating and skills on the ice but also helping me deal with the pressures I faced off the ice. Dana has always been someone to connect well with the players and will undoubtedly continue to lead the program in the right direction.”

Prior to coming to Hamilton, Borges joined the University of Alaska-Anchorage men’s hockey program as an assistant coach and spent the 2017-18 season at Williams College (MA) as an assistant coach. Getting his start in collegiate coaching, Borges spent two and a half seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Stonehill College, where the Skyhawks went 42-25-8.

“Dana’s passion for the game is unparalleled,” said graduate captain Paul McAvoy. “He’s always searching for innovative ways to improve our collective and personal development through his commitment, leadership, and loyalty. Over the last few years, Dana has helped me grow as a player, leader, and person in unimaginable ways. I could not be prouder and more excited for this next step in Dana’s coaching career.”

Over the same time period, Borges served as the USA Hockey Associate Coach in Chief for the Massachusetts District-Director of ADM as well as a camp coach at the 2016 USA Hockey National U-17 Camp. Borges is still active in the USA Hockey coaching community today.

A four-year letter winner at Stonehill, Borges served as a two-time captain and was named Northeast-10 Man of the Year in 2013, as well as a Capital One All-American. After his successful collegiate career at Stonehill, Borges played professionally for one season with the Evry Peaux Rouges of the French Division.

A native of Taunton, Massachusetts, Borges graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stonehill in 2013 with a degree in sociology.

(Colgate Men’s Hockey Photo)

USA Hockey Announces 2021 U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team

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One New York State resident on the roster.
Roster set for Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany Slovakia
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-three players who participated in the USA Hockey BioSteel Boys Select 17 Player Development Camp have been selected for the 2021 U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team that will compete Aug. 2-7 at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. 

J.D. Forrest (Auburn, N.Y.), head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) will serve as head coach for the 2021 U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team. Forrest previously served as an assistant coach for Team USA at both the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and 2016 Youth Olympic Games.

He will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Nick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.), Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), Rich Hanson (New York, N.Y.) and Jared Waimon (Hamden, Conn.). Roger Grillo (Providence, R.I.), regional manager for USA Hockey’s American Development Model, will serve as general manager. Other staff include video coach Nick Siergiej (South Bend, Ind.), athletic trainer Kevin Krueger (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), team physician Dr. Charles Popkin (Medina, Minn.), and equipment managers Justin Penna (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and Sean Schmidt (Ithica, N.Y.). 

NOTES: The 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup will include teams from Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States … Team USA has finished in the top three of the Hlinka tournament 13 times since the tournament began in 1991. The U.S. earned first place in 2003, second on nine occasions (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2016) and third three times (1991, 1995, 2014). Click here for the full roster.

(USA Hockey photo)

Beauts Draft Seven In 2021 NWHL Draft

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The Buffalo Beauts made a splash at the 2021 NWHL Draft on Tuesday evening. Thanks to trades earlier in the year, the Beauts had seven total picks, including the second overall pick in the draft.

The Beauts used their first round pick to select Emilie Harley, a 6’0” tall forward/defender who played for four seasons at Robert Morris University. The Beauts traded their first overall pick to Connecticut in exchange for the second overall pick and 14th overall pick in the 2021 NWHL Draft.

“I’m so happy to be joining the Beauts organization. Being drafted is a really rare and special moment as an athlete and it’s one I will remember forever,” said Harley on her selection. “I feel really grateful for this chance to continue my hockey career and I’m looking forward to the challenge of such a high level of competition. I know I’ll be surrounded by nothing but good energy and genuine people with Nate, Rhea and this team and I’m excited to get started.

“I had really good conversations with RMU’s head coach Paul Colontino about Emilie when we were first inquiring about her. I have a ton of respect for Paul, and he put it to me this way: ‘Nate – Emilie is the player that you want. She’s the one’. And he was exactly right,” said Beauts general manager Nate Oliver. “We love Emilie’s ability to play either defense or forward. Being six feet tall she obviously has tremendous reach. I think with the time that she has spent playing center as well as D she has developed hard, crisp passing and has really good vision on the ice.”

The Beauts used their second round pick to pick up another sizable addition, also from Robert Morris University. Buffalo drafted forward Anjelica Diffendal, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, who finished her career at RMU with 40 points in 122 career games. 

“It has been awesome as a female athlete to watch the NWHL grow and I am honored to be drafted, becoming a part of this community,” said Diffendal. “I am very excited to get the opportunity to play for the Beauts. They have an amazing program, and I cannot wait to begin this journey!”

In the third round of the draft, the Beauts had three consecutive picks with the 13th, 14th, and 15th overall selections. The Beauts picked up their third third-round pick in a trade last season, acquiring Boston’s 2021 third-round pick in exchange for their second-round pick in the 2020 draft. 

The Beauts started off their third round selecting Kennedy Ganser. Ganser is a forward coming from the University of Alberta, and Beauts fans will be glad to see this player on Buffalo’s draft board – Ganser was Autumn McDougall’s center during their time together with the Pandas. The 5’3” forward scored 85 points in 112 U Sport games, averaging .76 points per game.

With their second pick in the third round, the Beauts selected defender Anna Zíková from the University of Maine. The 5’6” blueliner put up 25 points in 63 NCAA games, and at the age of 23, is a four-time member of the Czech Republic women’s national team. During her time in the Czech Republic national team pipeline, she’s picked up a bronze medal at the U18 level in 2014, won a gold medal at the 2015 Division 1A Women’s World Championships, and was named one of the three best players at the 2016 Women’s World Junior Championships.

The Beauts used the 15th overall pick to select Missy Segall, a forward from Hamilton College. In 76 games, the Wellesley, Massachusetts native scored 51 total points.

After a whirlwind third round, the Beauts made their sixth selection of the evening in the fourth round, choosing defender Allison Attea from Holy Cross. The 5’7” defender finished her NCAA career with 20 points in 111. Attea will also get to return home with the Beauts – she’s a Buffalo, New York native. 

Finally, the Beauts wrapped up the 2021 draft by selecting defender Casey Traill from Castleton University. The South Shields, Great Britain native put up 33 points in 93 games with Castleton, and though she’s just 22 years old, has already represented Great Britain at the national level. She’s played for Great Britain at the U18 team three times and has also been on the senior national team for three seasons. She is the first British player to be drafted in NWHL history.

“I think that as our league continues to grow and build that it will become more imperative for teams to scout talent outside of North America.  Zíková I have known for 7 years or so, so it was about waiting for the right time to select her…Her caliber as a defender and a shot-blocker go a long way,” said Oliver. “Casey Traill is a player whom we are looking to develop and whom we believe can benefit us in the long term. She has plenty of international experience as well. I think as time goes on people will be impressed with the level of talent that British players possess and continue to develop… With selections like Zíková and Traill we feel that we did our homework and found players that other teams might have overlooked.”

USA Hockey Invites 44 Players To World Junior Summer Showcase

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USA Hockey Invites 5 from New York State.
Finland and Sweden Will Join U.S. July 24-31 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forty-four players have been invited to the 2021 World Junior Summer Showcase set for July 24-31 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, it was announced today by USA Hockey. The Showcase, which will also include teams from Finland and Sweden, will serve as an evaluation for athletes seeking to make their respective national teams for the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2021, through Jan. 5, 2022 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. 

The Showcase will include 11 games across eight days and a complete schedule and ticket information is available at USAHockeyArena.com. All session passes are available for $40 by calling the USA Hockey Arena box office, or for more information call 734-453-6400 x396.

Team USA players will be split into two squads for the event and compete against squads from Finland and Sweden. 

OVERVIEW OF TEAM USA INVITATIONS 
Of the 44 players attending, six are returnees from last year’s U.S. National Junior Team that earned a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta. Additionally, 17 have skated on at least one U.S. national team. 

The roster includes 39 players that previously played in the United States Hockey League, including 23 players from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. In addition, 16 players played college hockey last season and 23 are expected to make their college hockey debuts this season. 

A complete roster can be found here. All games in the Showcase will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com. 

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING 
The United States will enter the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship having earned medals in five of the last six years, including most recently winning its fifth gold medal in 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. To date, the U.S. National Junior Team has claimed 13 medals, including five gold (2021, 2017, 2013, 2010, 2004), two silver (2019, 1997) and six bronze medals (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986).