Seth Ambroz is a right wing for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Ambroz, committed to the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2011, was just 15-years-old when he burst upon the USHL scene as a rookie in 2008-09. Through 38 games this season, Ambroz leads the team with 33 points, including 17 goals. The New Prague, Minn., native was rated No. 28 on NHL Central Scouting's mid-term release of North American skaters in January. A participant of the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series in August, Ambroz has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.
Hi everyone. Last Friday (Feb. 18), the USHL announced its All-Star Team and I was honored to be named a second straight year because there are a lot of great players in the league and we have a lot of good players on our team. Just to be able to represent the Western Division is a honor.
It's definitely nice to be recognized as an All Star. I hope things keep working out for me. I obviously want to keep working hard because with hard work, comes reward. Like they say, the cream always rises to the top and that only happens with a lot of hard work. If it doesn't happen that way, I'll keep working and eventually something good will come out of it.
I was also happy that (defenseman) Ben Marshall and (forward) Nick Oddo
were also named to the team. They've been huge for the team this year. Ben has been a plus-21 or so player all year and huge part of our team. He runs our power-play and obviously is a really good offensive-defenseman. He has a lot of skill and speed and he makes a lot of plays. He's definitely been a huge part.
Nick is in his fourth year (in the USHL) and he's having a great success and working hard. I'm really happy for him. To have two teammates like that with me on the All Star Team is great. I'm happy that it's all working out.
The USHL also celebrated Hockey Weekend Across America with some big games. We hosted rival Lincoln on Saturday (in front of 6,328 fans) at Omaha Civic Auditorium. It was great atmosphere against a big rival -- Lincoln is only 45 minutes away.
You get a lot of Lincoln fans there as well. Unfortunately, we didn't come out on top and it was a tough weekend for us. We didn't even score a goal (in 2-0 loss to Lincoln and 3-0 loss to Green Bay) which was tough. But that happens and even though it kind of set us back a little bit, we'll get back on the right track. We've had a great past 10 games. This kind of just put us in a little reality check. It could be a good thing. We need to keep our heads focused and just get to work on getting things back on track, working more towards the offensive side and scoring some more goals.
Our division is so tight (as the top five teams are within 9 points). It's never really been that close throughout the division. Last year, we kind of pulled away at the start, but this year its fun being part of this competitive side of this Western Division. You can't have an off night. It just seems like everyone is finding for points. Hopefully, we'll remain in a good spot at the time of my next blog.