To help the NHL celebrate Black History Month, William Douglas, who writes the Color of Hockey blog, highlighted five players who could have an impact on hockey in the years to come. Among those named were four former Selects players following in the footsteps of Willie O’Ree ― the first black athlete to play in the NHL in 1958 ― and many other impactful athletes like Grant Fuhr, Angela James and Jerome Iginla. Take a look at who Douglas says is the next generation of up-and-coming athletes who can add to O’Ree’s legacy in hockey.

Marshall Warren (‘01 East Coast Selects-O)

Committed to Boston College and currently playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP), Warren competed in the World Selects Invitational on an ECS-O team that featured eight future NCAA commits and four future CHL players.

“His skating ability is second to none,” NTDP coach John Wroblewski told NHL.com. “He’s a 200-foot player, he’s tremendously active on the offensive side of things, and he’s such a good athlete. He’s in tremendous shape so if there is a situation where he has to make up ice and get back on defense, he can cover ground. His 5-on-5 impact is all over for us, he’s active on our line rush, he’s fearless to execute, he’s fearless to take chances.”

Quinton Byfield (‘02 East Coast Selects-O)

first overall pick in the 2018 OHL Draft, Byfield is one of the top players in his birth year. Eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4 forward has 22 goals and 51 points through his first 52 games in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves.

“A prospect like him doesn’t enter the OHL or NHL too often,” NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr told NHL.com. “He is an imposing figure with his size and strength, and he’s still developing so he is going to get stronger and more powerful.”

Chayla Edwards (‘01 West Coast Selects)

Committed to the University of Wisconsin for next season, Edwards currently plays for Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“She’s been one of our top defensemen since she was 8 years old,” said Kathy Pippy, the girl’s hockey director for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and Selects Hockey. “I think it’s a combination of her size (5-foot-9, 161 lbs.), she sees the game really well, she can move the puck up the ice. She can also join in the offense when she needs to, and she has really good hands.”

Rayla Clemons (‘01 West Coast Selects)

Edwards’ WCS teammate and fellow Pittsburgh Penguins Elite product, Clemons is committed to Syracuse University for the 2020-21 season. The forward has 15 goals and 22 points in 34 games with PPE this season.

“She’s a fast, speedy little forward,” Pippy said. “She’s like the Energizer Bunny ― her motor just goes. She can score, she’s gritty, she doesn’t mind mixing it up.”

These Selects along with many other alumni have played at a high level throughout their young careers and know what it takes to stand out in front of scouts, do you? Well we’ve got five tips that can help take your game to the next level and draw the attention of evaluators HERE.

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.

Yale University’s Robbie DeMontis (‘96 East Coast Selects-O) took ECAC Player of the Week honors after a four-point weekend that included a goal and three assists. The junior helped the Bulldogs to a pair of wins over Colgate and Cornell, coming up big against the No. 8-ranked Big Red with three assists in a 5-2 victory.

Graham McPhee (‘98 East Coast Selects-O) netted both goals in Boston College’s 4-2 loss on Saturday. It was his first multi-goal game of the season and his first tally since the season’s opening weekend on Oct. 13 at Wisconsin

A pair of Selects alumni claimed WCHA Goalie of the Week and Defenseman of the Week honors. Kristen Campbell enjoyed another stellar weekend in net for Wisconsin, stopping 43-of- 44 shots to lead UW to a sweep of Minnesota Duluth. Mak Langei tied for the league lead among blueliners with two points on a pair of assists to help the Bemidji State earn a series sweep over St. Cloud State.

College Hockey America named Sierra Burt Player of the Week, after she had three points for Lindenwood over the weekend. She had an assist on the team’s first goal of a 2-2 tie on Friday, then came back with two goals on Saturday as the Lions took down the Robert Morris with a 6-1 win.

These Selects along with many other alumni have played at a high level throughout their young careers and know what it takes to stand out in front of scouts, do you? Well we’ve got five tips that can help take your game to the next level and draw the attention of evaluators HERE.

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.

The NHL will roll out its Stadium Series this weekend with “The Battle of Pennsylvania” as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers face off in front of 69,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Between the two teams, as many as four Selects alumni Bryan Rust (‘92 East Coast Selects), Robert Hagg (‘95 Sweden Selects), Scott Laughton (‘94 East Coast Selects) and Ivan Provorov (‘97 East Coast Selects-Q) – will suit up to take the game outside and onto one of the biggest stages in professional hockey. The Pens and Flyers will square off at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with plenty on the line as both team lobby for playoff position.

In other NHL news, Sam Gagner (‘89 East Coast Selects) returns to the Edmonton Oilers four years after leaving the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2007 Draft. Gagner has spent the majority of the season in the AHL but the move from Vancouver to Edmonton may afford the 12-year veteran a chance to stick in the NHL for the remainder of the season.

“We’ve liked Sam to be a part of our club,” Oilers assistant GM Keith Gretzky said on the team’s website. “He can add experience in the locker room and we think he can help us on our power play.”

The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, and high-profile alumni Matt Duchene (‘91 East Coast Selects) and Mark Stone (‘92 East Coast Selects) are expected to be on the move. As teams look to load up rosters for a deep playoff run, these two have been the center of several trade rumors and with only a few days to go, it will be interesting to see where they land.

A pair of Selects alumni reached significant milestones in the OHL this week. Tye Felhaber (‘98 East Coast Selects-Q) played in his 300th career game on Sunday against Kitchener. The Pembroke, Ontario, overager is in his fifth OHL season, totaling 141 goals and 274 points during his lengthy junior career and currently leading the league in scoring.

Former first-round NHL Draft pick Nick Suzuki (‘99 East Coast Selects-O) tallied his 300th career point in the OHL on Monday, with an assist on the game-winning overtime goal against the Flint Firebirds. The Montreal Canadiens prospect has 27 goals and 66 points in 47 games this season.

Riley Damiani (‘00 East Coast Selects-O) razzle-dazzled with this highlight reel goal against Suzuki’s Guelph Storm.

That was the Dallas Stars prospect’s 21st goal of the season and Damiani now has 65 points in 46 games for Kitchener.

In the QMJHL, Raphaël Lavoie (‘00 East Coast Selects-Q) was named to the Team of the Week, picking up 10 points in a four-game stretch for the Halifax Mooseheads. Eligible for the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft, Lavoie had compiled a nine-game point streak – the second time he’s accomplished the feat this season – totalling 29 goals and 65 points in 55 games.

These Selects along with many other alumni have played at a high level throughout their young careers and know what it takes to stand out in front of scouts, do you? Well we’ve got five tips that can help take your game to the next level and draw the attention of evaluators HERE.

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.

Few alumni had a bigger week than freshman goaltender Lindsay Reed. The former ‘00 ECS-Q netminder posted a 51-save effort — complementing her 52-save performance to best Boston College in the semifinals — on her way to earning the Bertagna Award for top goaltender in the Battle for Boston. That performance may not have earned her Harvard squad the Beanpot but it netted her Goalie of the Week honors in both the ECAC and the NCAA.

This week, Selects coach Cara Morey will serve as an assistant coach for Hockey Canada in the Rivalry Series. This three-game set pins the women’s Team USA squad against Team Canada with two matchups in Ontario — London and Toronto — with the finale in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena.

“It’s always an honor to coach the National team,” Morey said to goprincetontigers.com. “Growing up in Canada and playing for the program was a dream come true. Now I have the opportunity to continue that dream behind the bench. It’s humbling and exciting to work with the best athletes in our game. This is one of the most intense rivalries in any sport and I expect this series will be extremely competitive.”

Former South Kent Selects Academy forward Austin McIlmurray had a big weekend for Sacred Heart. The Coral Springs, Florida, native tallied three goals and five points in two games against Niagara. McIlmurray has nine goals and 16 points in 24 games this season for the Purple Eagles.

Ten men’s hockey student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice were selected as finalists last week for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award. Among honorees was ‘96 ECS-Q alum and current Quinnipiac senior Chase Priskie. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division-I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Priskie is currently fourth in fan voting and you can submit your vote HERE.

These Selects along with many other alumni have played at a high level throughout their young careers and know what it takes to stand out in front of scouts, do you? Well we’ve got five tips that can help take your game to the next level and draw the attention of evaluators HERE.

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.

Dylan Strome was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Monday after the former ‘97 East Coast Selects-O forward scored two goals in seven points last week for the Blackhawks. In three games, Strome helped Chicago pick up three key wins including the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Edmonton.

A minor deal was made between Ottawa and Colorado as we inch closer to the NHL trade deadline, with the Sens acquiring ‘97 East Coast Selects-Q alum Jean-Christophe Beaudin. The Quebec native scored six goals and 13 points in 42 games with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles and will get a change of scenery now playing for Belleville.

 

Arthur Kaliyev had a career day on Saturday for the Hamilton Bulldogs. The ‘01 ECS-Q alum has played in 121 games in the OHL but had never posted a five-point game until he racked up three goals and two assists in the Bulldogs’ 6-4 win over Kitchener. Kaliyev is currently ranked 11th among North American skaters by the NHL’s Central Scouting for the 2019 Draft.

 

Former South Kent Selects Academy and ‘00 ECS-O defenseman Zac Jones turned heads in the USHL with this gem over the weekend. It was his fifth goal of the season and Jones ranks fourth among USHL defensemen with 32 points in 37 games.

These Selects along with many other alumni have played at a high level throughout their young careers and know what it takes to stand out in front of scouts, do you? Well we’ve got five tips that can help take your game to the next level and draw the attention of evaluators HERE.

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.

The Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation revealed on Tuesday its list of finalists for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award. Among the five named were Selects coach and current Wisconsin Badger Annie Pankowski. The senior is the lone female representative for the award that has been presented annually since 1996 to a college hockey student-athlete who makes significant contributions to his or her team and the community-at-large through leadership and volunteerism.

Gabbie Hughes was named WCHA Forward of the Week after she scored goals in each game over the weekend and factored in four of Minnesota-Duluth’s six total goals. It is the second time in her young career that Hughes has been named Forward of the Week, as the freshman has totaled 15 goals and 29 points in her first season.

Former ‘97 West Coast Selects forward Rem Pitlick was named Big Ten Hockey’s First Star of the Week after he scored five points over the weekend. The 5-foot-9, 196-pound Minnesota junior picked up his fourth-straight multi-point game on Saturday while setting a new single-season career high in points with 33 in 27 games.

A pair of South Kent Selects Academy players one former, one current made verbal commitments to Division-I programs. Former 16U forward Matt Allen announced his decision to join Union College next fall while current 18U defenseman Garrett Sundquist decided he’ll be heading to Providence College for the 2020-21 season.

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 CONTACT us for more information on 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.

The NHL trade deadline is at the end of this month, and there’s lots of speculation on what teams will be buying or selling and which players could be on the move.

One of the top targets is ‘91 East Coast Selects and current Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene, as the 28-year-old is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 season. If he is unable to reach an extension before the deadline, Craig Button believes the Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, Calgary Flames, Vegas Golden Knights and Boston Bruins could all be interested in acquiring Duchene who has 21 goals and 48 points in 48 games this season.

His teammate and former ‘92 East Coast Selects forward Mark Stone could also be on the move, as the Sens are in last place in the NHL with 43 points. If extensions can’t be reached with one or both players, Ottawa could be busy fielding offers as the trade deadline nears.

After tallying nine points in three games last week, former East Coast Selects-O forward Riley Damiani was named the OHL’s Player of the Week. The 18-year-old Kitchener Ranger posted back-to-back four-point games and is second on the team in scoring with 57 points in 39 games.

Robert Mastrosimone garnered some national attention in the USHL with this beauty of a Sportscenter Top Ten Play…

The former ‘01 East Coast Selects-O forward and Boston University commit has 17 goals and 32 points in 31 games this season with the Chicago Steel.

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 CONTACT us for more information on how you can join the Selects family.

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.

Selects alumni made a clean sweep through the women’s WCHA weekly awards, as Grace Zumwinkle was named Forward of the Week along with Mekenzie Steffen earning Defenseman of the Week and Kristen Campbell receiving Goalie of the Week honors.

Zumwinkle led the conference in points last weekend, totaling four in two games for Minnesota. Steffen tallied a pair of goals from the blue line to help the No. 1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers win on Friday night while her goaltender and fellow Selects alum Campbell posted a pair of wins, including her fifth shutout of the season.

Loren Gabel earned Player of the Week honors in the ECAC after she recorded her 100th career goal at Clarkson. The senior racked up seven points including the game-winning goals in both games over Harvard and helping the Golden Knights extend their winning streak to six straight games.

Sophomore defenseman Skylar Fontaine netted the game-tying goal in Northeastern’s 2-1 win over Vermont on Friday. She also added two assists over the weekend to earn Hockey East Defenseman of the Week.

Former ‘98 ECS-Q forward Jack Badini was named ECAC Forward of the Week after he led Harvard to a pair of wins. The sophomore totaled four points over the weekend including a career-high three-point night in Friday’s 4-3 win over Clarkson.

Camrose, Alberta native and former ‘99 Western Canada Selects forward Kyler Kupka verbally announced his commitment this month, as he plans to attend St. Cloud State University next season.

Current ‘04 Midwest Selects forward Chris Able also announced his commitment earlier this month, well in advance as the 14-year-old plans to join Ohio State University for the 2023-24 season.

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 CONTACT us for more information on 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.

The 2019 NHL All-Star Game festivities kick off this weekend in San Jose, California. Among the 44 players slated to appear in the event, six of the All-Stars are Selects alumni from five different birth years. A pair of ‘91 East Coast Selects alums Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils) and Ryan O’Reilly (Buffalo Sabres) will represent their respective Eastern Conference divisions along with Columbus Blue Jackets teammates Cam Atkinson (‘90 ECS) and Seth Jones (‘94 West Coast Selects).

Gabriel Landeskog (‘92 ECS) is the lone representative in the Western Conference playing for the Colorado Avalanche on the Central Division All-Stars and the youngest alum of the group, former ‘97 Finland Selects forward Sebastian Aho will play in his first ever All-Star game for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The NHL’s Central Scouting released its mid-term rankings for the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft. Among the top 50 skaters ranked in North America, 13 had ties to the Boys Selects program with Kirby Dach peaking on the list as the No. 2 prospect. Other top North American skaters include Trevor Zegras (Seventh), Thomas Harley (Ninth), Ryan Suzuki (10th), Arthur Kaliyev (11th), Raphael Lavoie (13th). Alumni such as Jamieson Rees (23rd), Sam Poulin (27th), Shane Pinto (35th), John Farinacci (37th), Marshall Warren (39th), Braden Doyle (48th) and Robert Mastrosimone (49th) also made the list of the top 50 North American skaters nearly five months away from the 2019 Draft.

Five former Selects netminders made the list of Top 25 North American goalies, including top-ranked Spencer Knight. Others on the list include Cameron Rowe (fourth), Mack Guzda (15th), Luke Cavallin (23rd) and Ben Kraws (25th).

Former ‘01 Finland Selects forward Kaapo Kakko topped the list of European prospects and many experts project him as the second-overall prospect behind American Jack Hughes.

The CHL’s Top Prospects events are underway this week in Alberta, Canada, beginning with on- and off-ice testing and concluding with the Top Prospects Game on Wednesday. Among the 40 participants are nine former Selects including standouts like Kirby Dach (‘01 Western Canada Selects), Ryan Suzuki (‘01 WCAN) and Raphael Lavoie (‘00 ECS-Q).

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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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