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Boys Select 15: Day One Recap

07/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
By USAHockey.com

Opening Statements: Black's forward line of Alexander Chmelevski (No. 9), Michael Pastujov (No. 11) and Samuel Morton (No. 12) combined for six points in the club's 7-3 camp-opening victory over Gold on Tuesday. Pastujov led the way with a hat-trick, while Chmelevski contributed a pair of assists and Morton chipped-in one. Ryan Sandelin (No. 15) also put forth a three-point night (1G, 2A) and netminders Dominik Vlaha (No. 1) and David Tomeo (No. 30) combined to make 37 saves.

In other action, White's No. 12, Riley Prattson, turned-in an astounding four-goal and five-point performance to propel his club to an 8-2 win over Red on Tuesday. Overall in the contest, White received at least a point from 12 different skaters with Nickolas Donofrio (No. 1) and Kyle Keyser (No. 30) combined to stop 30-of-32 shots faced between the pipes.

Shutting the Door: In Grey's 4-0 blanking of Royal on Tuesday, goaltenders Ryan Hoff (No. 1) and Jake Begley (No. 30) turned aside all 26 shots faced to earn the shutout.

The More the Merrier: Orange's Sean Dhooge's (No. 15) older brother, Jason Dhooge, also represented his family at a National Player Development camp in 2014. Just two weeks ago, Jason participated in the Select 17 camp, recording three points (2G, 1A) over five games.

Likewise, Purple's Kyle MacLean (No. 11) is the second member of his family to partake in a 2014 camp. His brother, JC MacLean, registered a goal over five games in the Select 17 camp. The accolades don't stop there for the family, however, as both are the sons of longtime NHL player and coach, John MacLean.  The elder MacLean recorded 842 points over his illustrious 1,194-game NHL playing career, capturing a Stanley Cup championship in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils.  Since retiring, he has also had coaching stints with the Devils (winning another Stanley Cup in 2003) as well as the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lastly, Orange's Marc DelGaizo (No. 5) is the younger brother of Anthony DelGaizo, who played in last week's Select 16 camp and contributed five points over five games.

Emphasizing Education: 85% of NCAA Division I men’s hockey players earn their degree. Only fencing, skiing, gymnastics and lacrosse have higher graduation rates among NCAA men’s sports ... Several American-born NHLers took online classes during the season and completed their college degrees this year, including David Backes (Minnesota State), Anders Lee (Notre Dame), Jeff Petry (Michigan State) and Justin Florek (Northern Michigan).

62 current or future NCAA players were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, the 13th straight season at least 60 were taken. More than half of all Division I schools (31 of 59) had at least one player or recruit selected ... 73% of former NCAA players in the NHL played at least three years of college hockey ... 58% of the undrafted players who make the NHL come from NCAA hockey ... The average age of a first-year NHL player is 22.7.

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