Tuesday, May 24, 2011SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA –
Mike De Angelis, Director of Travel Hockey at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, announced today that ten players from the Jr. Coyotes youth hockey program have been selected by junior teams this spring. This list includes players for the United States Hockey League (USHL), Western Hockey League (WHL), and British Columbia Hockey League. The USHL and the WHL represent the top tier of Junior Hockey in North America, showcasing the skills of players up to 20 years of age. Many NHL players started their careers on USHL and WHL teams.
Six players were drafted by USHL teams, including Eddie McGovern (Sioux Falls Stampede), Drew Newmeyer (Indiana Ice), Max Miller (Waterloo Blackhawks), Cody Gylling (Indiana Ice), Ryan Francis (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and Max Vallis (Omaha Lancers, via Merritt of BCHL).
Two players were drafted by WHL teams in the Bantam Draft that includes Jeremy Briscoe (Tri City Americans) and Johnny Walker (Kelowna Rockets). In addition, two players were recently signed by junior teams, including Nick Pappas, by the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Brendan Burke, by the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
“The entire association has had an incredible season, from Mites to Midgets, and the USHL draft on Monday just solidified our progress,” said De Angelis. “Having a rising national hockey development program as well as an affiliation with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, has served our players well and the community as a whole. “What this year’s USHL draft has proven is that the Ice Den’s hockey programs have achieved a standard that places them as Arizona's leader in developing local talent while paving a clear path to junior, college and professional hockey.”
This week, the USHL also announced an affiliation agreement with the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, of which the Midget Jr. Coyotes are a member. This agreement will be providing more opportunities for talent developed at Ice Den to be frequently seen by scouts for the United States Hockey League.
“On behalf of the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization, I would like to congratulate all of the Jr. Coyotes players who were selected in the recent USHL Draft,” said Coyotes Vice President and Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving. “This accomplishment is a testament to all the hard work and dedication by these players, their families and the incredible job that Mike DeAngelis and the entire Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association staff have done to develop these players and grow the sport of hockey in Arizona.”
For more information on CAHA and Jr. Coyotes hockey programs available at the Ice Den, please visit www.coyotesice.com