The 2019 USA Hockey Boys Select 16 Camp continues with day two here in Amherst, New York. Yesterday, camp got underway with NHL Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman and three-time IIHF gold medalist Seth Jones visiting as part of USA Hockey's sponsorship with Chipotle.
Following a string of five practices from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., all camp participants will attend a short video session around 1 p.m. before games kick off this afternoon.
SETH JONES MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE
Thanks to USA Hockey sponsor Chipotle, Seth Jones (Plano, Texas), defenseman for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, made a surprise appearance here in Amherst. A member of five U.S. national teams, Jones has helped the U.S. capture three gold medals in IIHF play, including once at the World Junior Championship (2013) and twice at the IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship stage (2011, 2012). A product of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program from 2010-12, Jones and his brother, Caleb, spent some of their youth hockey playing days skating for the Dallas Stars in the T1EHL. Like Seth, Caleb helped the United States to gold medals at both the IIHF World Junior Championship (2017) and IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship (2015) and is a current member of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers organization.
All games will take place at Northtown Center here in Amherst
|2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Royal Blue vs. Red||Olympic Rink|
|3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.||Black vs. Columbia Blue||Feature Rink|
|4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.||Kelly Green vs. Gray||Olympic Rink|
|5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.||Forest Green vs. White||Feature Rink|
|7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.||Navy Blue vs. Gold||Feature Rink|
SELECT 15 PDC PLAYERS BACK FOR MORE
The top five scorers from last year’s USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp are competing at the Select 16 camp this week. Leading this year’s returnees in scoring is Riley Brueck, who led all skaters with eight points (3G, 5A). The other top-scoring returnees include Paul Davey (3G, 4A), Samuel Lipkin (7A), Shawn O’Donnell (3G, 4A) and William Renfrew (4G, 3A), who each tallied seven points during the camp.
Two of the top five goaltenders from last year’s Select 16 camp, Nicholas Bevilacqua and Connor Callaghan, are also back as participants this week. Last year, Bevilacqua posted .931 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against average, while Callaghan earned a .922 save clip and a 3.60 goals against average.
CURLEY TO LEAD U.S. UNDER-17 MEN'S SELECT TEAM
Yesterday, USA Hockey named Matthew Curley (Madrid, N.Y.), current head coach of the University of Alaska Anchorage men's hockey team, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men's Select Team that will compete in the 2019 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Füssen, Germany. Curley will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Mike Corbett(Green Bay, Wis./University of Alabama-Huntsville), Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga./Ohio State University) and Rich Hansen (New York, N.Y./USA Hockey). For the full staff press release, which includes Team USA's support staff, click here.