Sixteen-year-old defenseman Carter Schade from Mars, Pa. and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite youth hockey program was the first overall pick in the USHL draft Monday night - the first local player to be accorded that honor by the country's top junior hockey league.
Schade went No. 1 to the Lincoln Stars.
Four other players from the Penguins Elite program also were drafted Monday, including forward Ty Voit of Wexford, who was a first-round pick, ninth overall, by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.
Also selected were:
- Andrew Pichora, goaltender, from Bethel Park, in the 4th round (55th overall) by Cedar Rapids
- Shawn O'Donnell, forward, from Crescent Township, 4th round (80th overall) by Omaha
- Jackson Morehouse, forward, from Sewickley, 10th round (147th overall) by Omaha
This first phase of the draft was for players with 2003 birth years.
Previously, a number of DICK'S Sporting Goods Penguins Elite players had committed to other teams and leagues - forward Colby Saganiuk to the U.S. National Development Team program; goaltender Aidan Campbell to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League; defenseman Teddy Sawyer to the Ottawa 67's of the OHL; forward Alex Servagno to Chippewa of the NAHL; and defenseman Caden Lewandowski to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the NAHL.