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Team Pittsburgh Looks To Defend Title

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Team Pittsburgh is headed back to Chicago to defend its championship at the prestigious Chicago Showcase tournament in Bensenville, Ill.

The 24-team event includes high school hockey squads from Minnesota, Michigan, New York, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The Chicago Showcase is the largest high school hockey-scouting event in the nation. Players that participate in this event, have the opportunity to showcase their skills and potentially move on to Junior B, Junior A and college programs after high school.

Team Pittsburgh, comprised of some of the top high school hockey players in Western Pennsylvania, captured last year’s tournament championship. A total of 20 players from 14 different schools were selected following a four-day tryout in March.

The tournament is in its 24th year of existence. Last year’s title was Team Pittsburgh’s first after sending teams to the event every year since its inception. The team was coached by Bethel Park’s Jim McVay and assisted by Canon-McMillan’s Dave Fryer.

The players on the team included: Max Richards (North Allegheny), Rob Behling (Mt. Lebanon), Ryan Kumpfmiller (West Allegheny), Phil Trombetta (Pine-Richland), David Spadacene (Bethel Park), Kenny Lehmann (Bethel Park), Zach Hepler (Freeport), Chris Urso (Central Catholic), Tyler Urda (Serra Catholic), Nick Jones (Seneca Valley), Mike Roman (Mt. Lebanon), Kevin Bishop (Montour), Tim McDonough (Franklin Regional), Logan Bannon (Bethel Park), Bryan Brown (Bethel Park), Morgan Nickerson (Meadville), Luke Killmeyer (Meadville), Jonathan Lohman (Upper St. Clair), Matt Jarrett (Seneca Valley) and Nick Vukemaravich (Greensburg Central Catholic).

The players on this year’s Team Pittsburgh squad include: Kyle Adams (Pine-Richland), Brody Aukerman (Latrobe), Rob Behling (Mt. Lebanon), Josh Daley (Bishop Canevin), Nick Fedorka (Meadville), Jared Fuhs (Keystone Oaks), Matt Jarrett (Seneca Valley), Bryan Johnston (Ambridge), Chris Mandia (Bethel Park), Morgan Nickerson (Meadville), Taylor Phillips (Mt. Lebanon), JeffJoe Regula (Latrobe), Mike Roman (Mt. Lebanon), George Saad (Pine-Richland), Tyler Trocano (Bethel Park), Dylan Trombetta (Pine-Richland), Tyler Urda (Serra Catholic), Tom Whetsel (Bethel Park), Jonathan Wilen (Mt. Lebanon), Tim Zahumensky (Freeport).

Upper St. Clair’s Dave Fryer is the head coach of the team.

Team Pittsburgh opens action on Wednesday against Illinois. The squad meets New York on Thursday and battles Minnesota on Friday.

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