Thursday, August 02, 2007

Four compete for Jr. National Team

Four Terriers have headed West to the U.S. Junior National Team evaluation camp that begins tomorrow in Lake Placid. Sophomores Brian Strait and Luke Popko (both in photo) and freshmen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colin Wilson—all products of the U.S. NTDP program—are among the 45 players in camp which will conclude with intra-squad games and contests with teams from Sweden and Finland. Shattenkirk and Strait were the past two captains of the NTDP U18 teams. Former Terrier forward and graduate assistant coach, and current NTDP U18 coach John Hynes will be behind the bench when the Junior National Team aims for a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic next winter.

Unlike previous years when a Jr. National team berth meant missing more than a few games, those Terriers who make this year’s squad are likely to miss only a Dec. 30 home game vs. Merrimack and an early January away tilt with Vermont.

Back in New England, freshman Nick Bonino is again participating in the 2007 Chowder Cup Tournament run by ProAm Hockey. Once again, he is representing the Northern Connecticut Wings in the tournament that began today with games in Walpole, Foxboro and Canton. A sixth round draft choice of the Sharks in the 2007 draft, Bonino now has his own player profile page on the Sharks site, although no information has been posted yet, so keep checking.
Summer reading
College Hockey News is helping to fill the off-season void by looking at each of the 59 Division I programs and their prospects for next season, beginning with defending champion Michigan State. The first Hockey East team profiled is Maine... Meanwhile, Inside College Hockey is again presenting it’s INCH A to Z series, profiling individual players. The Bs include Yale’s Sean Backman, son of ex-NHLer Mike Backman, who led the Eli in scoring as a freshman.

The Merrimack blog, Warrior Rink Rat, reports that former ‘Mack netminder Joe Exter has been named goalie coach for the NTDP program and will work with both U18s and U17s. Exter, whose college career was cut short due to a serious head injury suffered in a collision with BC’s Pat Eaves, previously held the Cedar Rapids Roughriders assistant’s job that Mark Mullen has now filled.

1 comment:

Terrier Blogger said...

One of our readers, Dan Goldberg, pointed out that the National Junior Evaluation camp is in Lake Placid, N.Y. and not in Colorado Springs as was initially posted.
Good catch, Dan.

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