The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships concluded on Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, with more than 40 Selects alumni in action during the 10-team tournament. In the championship game between Finland and USA, 17 of those alumni would battle it out in a 3-2 finish in which the Finns claimed their third gold medal in six years.

A pair of ‘99 West Coast Selects scored two goals for Team USA 1:46 apart from each other as Sasha Chmelevski and Josh Norris picked up tallies to tie the game at 2-2 in the second period. In the game’s waning moments, though, former ‘01 Finland Selects forward Anton Lundell set up the game-winning goal by Kaapo Kakko with just 1:26 remaining in regulation.

The 3-2 victory capped off a spectacular run in which eight Selects alumni helped lead Finland to a gold medal. Led by captain and former ‘99 Finland Selects forward Aarne Talvitie, the Finns finished the tournament with a 5-2-0 overall record.

An overtime upset of Team Canada in the quarterfinals with ‘00 Finland Selects defenseman Toni Utunen scoring the deciding goal would propel them through the semis and into a rematch with Team USA. After falling to the U.S. 4-1 in pool-play, the rematch would be go Finland’s way with late-game heroics and tournament-winning goal with under two minutes left to play.

The IIHF World Junior Championships have featured more than 250 Selects alumni in the last decade, and with eight former players on Finland – Lundell, Talvitie, Utunen, Kakko, Filip Lindberg, Eeli Tolvanen, Santeri Virtanen and Urho Vaakanainen – this year, it became the most on one team to win a gold medal as well.

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The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships are slated to begin Thursday in British Columbia, the tournament will feature 42 Selects alumni competing at the 10-team event.

Five players off of the ‘99 West Coast Selects team including goaltender Kyle Keyser and defenseman Jack St. Ivany along with forwards Sasha Chmelevski, Logan Cockerill and Joshua Norris will represent the United States. They are joined by three picks from the 2018 NHL Draft in ‘00 East Coast Selects-Q forward Oliver Wahlstrom, ‘00 East Coast Selects-O forward Mattias Samuelsson and ‘00 East Coast Selects-O forward Joel Farabee. Rounding out the group is one of the youngest member of Team USA, former ‘01 East Coast Selects-Q goaltender Spencer Knight.

Three former Selects players and first-round NHL draft picks from 2017 will represent Team Canada. The defending 2017 WJC champs will have a pair of Ontario natives and former ‘99 East Coast Selects-O forwards Nick Suzuki and Owen Tippett up front. Cody Glass (‘99 Western Canada Selects) is also among the team’s top 12 forwards as Canada looks to repeat as champions.

Team Sweden will be represented heavily by 12 European Selects alumni. A pair of ’00 Sweden Selects in Adam Boqvist and Rasmus Sandin as well as ’99 Sweden Selects Erik Brannstrom and Filip Westerlund make up the D corps. They’re joined by the youngest player on Team Sweden, ’01 Sweden Selects Philip Broberg.

Up front, four players off of the ’99 Sweden Selects will help lead the offense with Rickard Hugg, Isac Lundestrom, Filip Sveningsson and Johan Sodergran. Additional ’00 Swedes include Oskar Back, Filip Hallander and Jacob Olofsson.

Eight former Selects will take the ice for Team Finland. Forwards Kaapo Kakko, Anton Lundell, Aarne Talvitie, Eeli Tolvanen, and Santeri Virtanen are joined by defensemen Toni Utunen and Urho Vaakanainen along with goaltender Filip Lindberg.

Five forwards for Team Czech have Selects ties, including Michael Gaspar, Ondrej Machala, Martin Necas, Matej Pekar and Jakub Pour. Their goaltender, Jakub Skarek, is also a Czech Selects alumni.

Team Slovakia returns five Selects alumni from the 2018 WJC in Martin Fehervary, Filip Krivosik, Adam Liska, Milos Roman and Adam Ruzicka. They are joined by first-timers Jozef Balaz, Patrik Hrehorcak, Martin Pospisil and Adam Ziak.

The 10-team tournament begins on Thursday, December 26th, at 4 p.m. EST in Vancouver, British Columbia. The IIHF World Junior Championships is the premier U-20 event in the world that regularly features up-and-coming NHL players, junior and NCAA prospects as well as future NHL draft picks. For more on the 2019 World Championships tournament click HERE.

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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.

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.

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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USA Hockey finalized its women’s U-18 roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championships over the weekend in preparation for the eight-team tournament coming up in January. Among the 23-person roster were 14 Selects alumni that will travel to Japan to compete for Team USA.

Eight alumni were named among the top twelve forwards including Sydney Bard, Hannah Bilka, Katy Knoll, Abbey Murphy, Casey O’Brien, Clara Van Wieren, Makenna Webster and Kiara Zanon. Six of the eight defensemen to make the squad also had ties to the Selects program including Lauren Bernard, Hadley Hartmetz, Caroline Harvey, Kate Monihan, Maggie Nicholson and Haley Winn.

Four of those mentioned (Bernard, Harvey, Winn and Zanon) are playing the 2018-19 winter season with the Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney and all 14 have already made Division-I commitments to play college hockey in their futures.

The U-18 IIHF World Championships get underway January 6th in Obihiro, Japan, where Team USA will battle teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The U.S. has played in the championship game in each of the past 11 years, and will look to win a fifth consecutive gold medal.

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Team USA defeated Russia 2-0 in the 2018 World Junior-A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta, on Sunday afternoon. With the help of seven Selects alumni, the U.S. Junior Select Team won its fifth WJAC championship in the last seven years, marking an era of dominance for the program in the tournament.  

Former Selects Academy forwards Parker Ford and Shane Pinto along with defenseman Zac Jones contributed heavily during the U.S. run to a championship, combining for 10 points over the span of the six-game tournament. Ford assisted on the eventual game-winning goal in the championship, a power-play strike by Bobby Brink in the first period.

A pair of former ‘01 West Coast Selects Mitchell Miller and Josh Nodler also played pivotal roles, as Nodler scored the first goal in USA’s 3-2 overtime win in the semifinal against Canada West.

Tied for fourth on the team in scoring, Robert Mastrosimone (‘01 East Coast Selects-O) and Ryan O’Reilly (‘00 East Coast Selects-O) compiled two goals and two assists each, contributing to Team USA’s balanced offensive attack up front.

The 2018 World Junior-A Challenge featured five teams including the U.S., Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic and Russia, comprised of players from Junior-A leagues across North America.

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With more than 250 Selects alums across Division-I men’s and women’s hockey, we highlight some of the standout performances from last week and other recent news with a closer look at the college landscape.

Declan Ride, ’03 WCS – Green

Former ‘00 East Coast Selects-Q and Selects Academy defenseman Nolan Barrett announced his commitment to join Merrimack College for the 2019-20 season. Fellow defenseman Declan Ride also made his commitment to join Miami (OH) six months after he competed for ’03 West Coast Selects-Green in the 2018 World Selects Invitational in Philadelphia.

A handful of girls’ alumni announced college commitments over the past few days. Three players eyeing schools in the ECAC, as Maddi Achtyl (Yale), Lara Beecher (Vermont) and Tristana Tatur (Quinnipiac) made verbal commitments to play Division-I hockey. Current Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney forward Kendall Butze will be heading to Penn State while Katherine Khramtsov committed to Princeton.

Former South Kent Selects Academy forward Joe Snively was named ECAC Player of the Week. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Yale senior recorded three points this weekend, all coming in Saturday’s 3-0 win over No. 11-ranked Union. He scored two goals, including a short-handed opportunity in the third period that sealed the game for the Bulldogs.

The Buffalo Sabres’ 2018 second-round draft pick Mattias Samuelsson earned NCHC Rookie of the Week, as the Western Michigan Bronco recorded two primary assists and a plus-3 rating over the weekend. Western defeated Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 and tied them 1-1 in back-to-back games and Samuelsson now has three goals and eight points in 16 games.

Selects coach Jessie Eldridge came up big in No. 10 Colgate’s sweep of Syracuse last weekend, posting three goals and six points. She was named WCHA Forward of the Week after finding the back of the net twice in the Raiders 5-2 win on Thursday and recording a new career-high four points (1G, 3A) in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Orange.

Fellow Selects coach Annie Pankowski was named WCHA Forward of the Week, after she tallied three goals over the weekend for Wisconsin. The senior forward has 14 goals this season and it tied for the most in the country.

Team Canada released its U-18 rosters for the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championships. Among them were six former Selects players including Teagan Grant, Danielle Serdachny, Shailynn Snow and Maddie Wheeler. A pair of alumni — Alexie Guay and Maggie MacEachern — return to the Canadian U-18 roster for a second consecutive year as well. The tournament is slated to begin Jan. 5th in Japan.

Just a small sample of our constantly expanding list of prominent alums, you can check out our BOYS and GIRLS alumni sections for more! Or CLICK HERE for more information to see how you can join the Selects family.

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.

Former ‘96 Sweden Selects forward William Nylander ended his highly-publicized holdout from the Toronto Maple Leafs and returned to the lineup last week. The 22-year-old signed a six-year contract extension worth $6.9 million per year on December 1st — five minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline — and has appeared in two games after missing the team’s first 28 of the 2018-19 season.

 

Tye Felhaber was among the OHL’s Three Stars of the Weekend after he tallied two goals and an assist on Sunday. The former ‘98 East Coast Selects-Q forward has scored in six consecutive games for the Ottawa 67’s and is tied for third in the league in scoring.

 

Former ‘99 West Coast Selects goaltender Kyle Keyser came up with this spectacular save against the Mississauga Steelheads over the weekend. Now with the Oshawa Generals, the 6-foot-2 netminder has the highest save-percentage in the OHL at 0.931 and a 2.34 goals-against average.

 

Jamieson Rees scored a big game-tying goal for Sarnia on Saturday night against Kingston. That goal sparked the infamous Teddy Bear Toss fundraiser in which the Sarnia Sting collected 3,910 stuffed animals to benefit the Salvation Army. The former ‘01 East Coast Selects-O forward missed two months of the season due to injury, but now has seven points in nine games.

The USHL announced rosters for the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, with four former Selects alumni among the group of two teams. Matias Maccelli (‘oo Finland Selects) and Zac Jones (’00 East Coast Selects-O) will skate for Team East while a pair of former Selects Academy players Ethan Phillips and Shane Pinto will play for Team West.

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With more than 250 Selects alums across Division-I men’s and women’s hockey, we highlight some of the standout performances from last week and other recent news with a closer look at the college landscape.

Conferences across the country handed out their Player of the Month awards, with Selects alumni well-represented after a fiery November. USA Hockey also announced its camp rosters for men’s and women’s teams for the upcoming international tournaments, with many vying for a spot in the coming weeks.

Hockey East named Maureen Murphy Player of the Month after she recorded a point in every game during November for Providence College. The sophomore forward scored five, yes five, game-winning goals last month and scored 14 points in total during that stretch.

Senior at Quinnipiac and former ‘96 ECS-Q forward Chase Priskie was named ECAC player of the week, leading the team and the conference with three goals scored in a sweep of No. 19 Princeton in the home-and-home series. He scored the eventual game-winning goals in both games, and also led the defensive charge on Friday night, spearheading a defensive unit that held the Tigers scoreless for the first time this season.

Priskie’s hot start to the 2018-19 season has him garnering national attention as a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award, as the Washington Capitals draft pick has 11 goals and 19 points in 15 games from the blue line.

Jaycee Gebhard earned CHA Player of the Month after she racked up 16 points in November, compiling a 12-game point streak along the way. The junior center tied a Robert Morris University program record with that streak and led the Atlantic Hockey Conference in scoring for a second consecutive month.

The NCAA released its three Players of the Week in women’s hockey, honoring two Selects alumni Grace Zumwinkle and Lindsay Reed. Minnesota forward Zumwinkle totaled six points in two games for the No. 2-ranked Gophers while Harvard netminder Reed posted consecutive shutouts in ECAC action.

USA Hockey released its women’s winter training camp participants, listing nine former Selects players as contenders for the final roster. A week later, it released the 2019 National Junior Team preliminary roster with another nine Selects alumni among the 29 vying for a spot on the IIHF World Junior Championships team.

Just a small sample of our constantly expanding list of prominent alums, you can check out our BOYS and GIRLS alumni sections for more! Or CLICK HERE for more information to see how you can join the Selects family.

USA Hockey released its 2019 U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster, listing nine former Selects players among the 29 invited to camp scheduled to begin later this month.

Current NCAA athletes and former ‘00 East Coast Selects-O teammates Mattias Samuelsson (Western Michigan University) and Joel Farabee (Boston University) were invited along with former ‘99 West Coast Selects teammates Logan Cockerill (Boston University) and Josh Norris (University of Michigan). Boston College freshman and former ‘00 East Coast Selects-Q forward Oliver Wahlstrom was also among current college players named to the preliminary roster.

Additional ‘99 WCS alumi and current CHL players Joey Keane (Barrie Colts), Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals) and Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) will also make their case for a WJC roster spot along with the youngest player invited to camp, former ‘01 East Coast Selects-Q goaltender Spencer Knight (USNTDP U-18).

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Last week, USA Hockey announced the 44 players that will participate in the 2018 USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp, which will take place Dec. 17-21 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

The annual training camp serves as an opportunity to help the top players prepare for upcoming international events, including the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Highlighting the roster for the Women’s Winter Training Camp are 22 members of the championship-winning 2018 Four Nations Cup roster, as well as 22 Olympians.

Among them are former Selects players and current NCAA defensemen Cayla Barnes (Boston College), Jincy Dunne (Ohio State University) and Maddie Rolfes (University of Wisconsin). Up front, Claire DeGeorge (Bemidji State University), Maureen Murphy (Providence College), Melissa Samoskevish (Quinnipiac University), Sophia Shaver (University of Wisconsin) and Grace Zumwinkle (University of Minnesota) are among the 24 forwards attending camp. Lindsay Reed (Harvard University) is the lone Selects alum among the six goaltenders vying for a roster spot.

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