The Selects program has had a long track record of success advancing players into the highest leagues in the world. From the NHL to Major Junior, Selects alumni are among the leaders in various leagues across North America. This week, we take a look across the hockey landscape to take a closer look at some of those standout performances.
Last week, 40 players were selected for the 2019 CHL/NHL Prospects Game scheduled for January 23rd. Among them were former ‘01 Western Canada Selects teammates Kirby Dach and Ryan Suzuki along with former ‘01 East Coast Selects-Q players Michael Vukojevic, Graeme Clarke, Arthur Kaliyev and Samuel Poulin as well as former ‘00 ECS-Q forward Raphael Lavoie. A pair of East Coast Selects-O teammates Thomas Harley and Jamieson Rees will also be in attendance, rounding out the robust number of Selects alumni at nine.
Participants for the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were also announced, among them were three South Kent Selects Academy alumni in Zac Jones, Ethan Phillips and Shane Pinto as well as Chris Giroday (‘00 East Coast Selects-O), Robert Mastrosimone (‘01 East Coast Selects-O) and Josh Nodler (‘01 West Coast Selects). That game is slated for January 8th in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Jones, Mastrosimone, Nodler and Pinto also had a big weekend at the World Junior A Challenge in Alberta, Canada. That group along with three other alumni helped Team USA claim the World Jr. A Challenge gold medal on Sunday, the country’s fifth championship in seven years.
Tape-to-tape with some sauce 👌
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) December 15, 2018
London Knights rookie and former ‘02 West Coast Selects forward Antonio Stranges has been flashing his skills lately, like this sweet sauce-pass from last week’s win over Niagara. The Plymouth, Michigan, native has seven goals and 19 points in his first 30 career OHL games.
Quick release of a 🚀 then the 🐻
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) December 16, 2018
Will Cuylle picked up his 10th goal of the OHL season and made it rain teddy bears in the process. The former ‘02 East Coast Selects-O forward is fourth on the Windsor Spitfires in scoring, his most recent strike leading to the team’s 4-3 overtime victory over Saginaw.
Former ‘00 East Coast Selects-Q goaltender Alexis Gravel was named to the QMJHL Team of the Week. The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2018 sixth-round draft pick went 2-0-1 last week with a 1.30 goals-against average and .952 save percentage for the Halifax Mooseheads, who sit in first place in the Eastern Conference.
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