Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Junior Selects

USHL Dominates Junior Select Team Roster.

The USHL players selected to this team will participate in British Columbia in November from the 5th-11th. The team will be coached by Waterloo's P.K. O'Handley and assisting him will be Des Moines' Regg Simon.

The following players were selected:

G: Brady Hjelle (Cedar Rapids)
G: Josh Robinson (Sioux City)
D: Ben Blood (Des Moines)
D: John Carlson (Indiana)
D: Seth Helgeson (Sioux City)
D: Tyler Kieffer (Lincoln)
D: Max Nicastro (Chicago)
D: Blake Kessel (Waterloo)
D: John Lee (Waterloo)
F: Barry Almeida (Omaha)
F: Nico Sacchetti (Omaha)
F: Mike Cichy (Tri-City)
F: Jack Connolly (Sioux Falls)
F: Nick Dineen (Sioux Falls)
F: Tim Hall (Ohio)
F: Drew LeBlanc (Chicago)
F: Jarred Festler (Lincoln)
F: Keegan Flaherty (Green Bay)
F: Nick Larson (Waterloo)
F: Craig Smith (Waterloo)


Congrats to all selected.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

How is it that waterloo has 4 and other teams have one or two!!

Anonymous said...

WHAT!! no omaha goalies, but I thought they were the best in the league!

Ryan said...

The Omaha goalies are too old to participate.

Anonymous said...

How can Drew Palmisano be too old?
He is an 88. The Hockey Canada East team has an 88 goalie on their roster.
I had read that there were to be restrictions on the North American entries but am not sure exactly they were.
Definitlely some interesting selections-ommisions.
Is USA Hockey sending a team to the Christmas tournament held bi annually in Northern Alberta? Perhaps that roster will have some more deserving selections.

Ryan said...

I figured it was 18 and under, but since Canada is bringing a ton of 88's, I guess I was wrong.

Anonymous said...

Where are the NAHL players?

Anonymous said...

the nahl players are not good enough to be on the roster

Anonymous said...

Interesting tournament and never even heard of it until now. Guess will see which Junior program is the best in the world.

Anonymous said...

"NAHL PLAYERS AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH"..take a look at the USHL leading scorers on several teams and then make that comment! There are about 3 teams in the USHL that their lead scorers came from the NAHL...just last year! They are Omaha, Des Moines and Lincoln.

Anonymous said...

Canada East and Canada West have players representing all Jr. A leagues throughout Canada. Each team had a GM who scouted all the various Showcases of each league before picking his team.

IMHO, it's outrageous that the NAHL was completely ignored. Once again, USAH's "wonder league" gets preferential treatment.

Anonymous said...

You are only allowed 5- 19 year olds in this tournament. The Canadians that play in the USHL and the OHL are not allowed to play. The Canadian teams are made up of Tier II JR A. and Jr B. players.All the other teams will be sending there best players from where ever.

Anonymous said...

Nick Larson on the roster good player, not playing, go figure that pick

Ryan said...

"take a look at the USHL leading scorers on several teams and then make that comment! There are about 3 teams in the USHL that their lead scorers came from the NAHL...just last year! They are Omaha, Des Moines and Lincoln."

Gregoire for Lincoln didn't play in the NAHL.


"Nick Larson on the roster good player, not playing, go figure that pick"

How come he isn't playing?

Anonymous said...

P.K. is the coach go figure .What about Lee?

Anonymous said...

Who chose this roster?

Anonymous said...

Regg is the asst and DM only has one! It would be interesting to know who chose the roster because 20 picks are USHL, and one pick is USNDT. One would think there would be more representation or is this meant as a showcase for USHL on an international scale?
Could the reason for the one USNDT be because he was slated to come to the USHL and refused?!?!

Heywood Jablowme said...

Relax people. Different Larson. NAHL players are good, but few and far between. The best ones rise to the top, and move to USHL. Teams had a say in who goes, so teams lobbyed for who stayed here to win/who went. no one in USHL cares about this event, they care about winning. USA hockey picked this team after talking to each coach/gm.
breathe people, breathe.
USHL is a better LEAGUE, but there are good players EVERYWHERE. Don't be so sensitive.

Anonymous said...

I thought there would be more 90's on the team. Eric Ringel for one. USAH probably should of used this to pre scout players that they will require for the U18 tournament in April, as this years bunch are a cut below.

Anonymous said...

Keegan Flaherty has played in four of GB's 7 games. Interesting choice...

-gbpuckfan

Anonymous said...

I second the above comment!!! I guess it may because most of the NAHL is 87's, 88's, 89's and rarely a 90!! I is a tough "whiskers" league with just a few high schoolers!

Think about it, the USHL age spread is 5 years...let's see if a 87" for example was a "senior" in high school he would be playing with a 91' who is a "eighth" grader! That is the kind of spead there is for ages!

Anonymous said...

Ooops! Age spread there is!

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