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Former Jr. Ducks Defenseman York Selected to Play in NHL Draft Showcase

by Chris Bayee / Special to

Former Anaheim Jr. Ducks defenseman Cam York is one of 42 players who has been selected to play in the seventh annual 2018 All-American Prospects Game, which will take place Sept. 19 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

The AAPG showcases American players considered to be among the top prospects for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. York gives the Jr. Ducks a participant for the second year in a row, following defenseman Slava Demin.

Demin, a freshman at the University of Denver, was drafted in the fourth round (99thoverall) by the Vegas Golden Knights in June. Demin was one of 28 players who participated in last year's AAPG who was drafted by an NHL team.

York, who played eight seasons for the Jr. Ducks, is entering his second season with the U.S. National Team Development Program and is viewed by many scouts as a potential high NHL draft choice. He was the first Jr. Duck to make the prestigious national development program.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound York is a 2001 birth year who is committed to play college hockey at Boston College, and he is one of 17 players with ties to the Jr. Ducks who has made a Division I college commitment in the past four-plus years under the leadership of Director of Coaches Craig Johnson and Director of Player Personnel Alex Kim.

In addition, York has represented Team USA in the international stage, helping the Red, White and Blue win a silver medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championship in Russia in April. He had six assists in seven games at the competition.

As a member of the NTDP's U17 team, he also played in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Canada last November, getting six points in seven games.

York played 92 combined games for the USNTDP's U17 and U18 teams this past season and put up 52 points, including 11 goals.

York is one of seven Jr. Ducks from the 2001 birth year group who has made a D-I college commitment, joining fellow defensemen Ryan Johnson (Minnesota) and Nicholas Kent (Quinnipiac), as well as forwards Josh Groll (Michigan), Jonathan Panisa (UMass-Amherst), Dominique Petrie (Harvard) and Ethan Wolthers (UMass-Amherst). All but Groll and Wolthers played most of their hockey for coaches Craig Johnson and Scott Niedermayer.

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