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Competition rolls on at 2018 Boys Select 17 Player Development Camp

06/30/2018, 10:15pm EDT
By Dan Peters

Team Orange claims top spot in camp standings

BY THE NUMBERS: The majority of this year’s Select 17 Camp attendees – broken down by primary 2017-18 team – come from 18U Tier I/AAA (56%) and Prep/USHS (32%) programs.  The remaining 12% of players competed in various junior leagues across North America, including the USHL and NAHL.

SIZING THEM UP: The range of player sizes this week spans from camp’s smallest competitor, Charles Schoen (Andover, Minn) at 5 feet 6 inches and 138 pounds, all the way up to Kyle Mandleur (East Brunswick, N.J.), who measures 6 feet 4 inches and 264 pounds.

MORE NHL LINEAGE: Team Black forward Chase McInnis (Hingham, Mass.) is the son of former NHLer, Marty McInnis.  The veteran of nearly 800 NHL games from 1991-2003 also suited up internationally for Team USA at the 1992 Winter Olympics as well as the 1996 and 1997 World Championships.  McInnis currently serves as an assistant coach for the Boston College Eagles.

QUACK, QUACK, QUACK: Camp participants Joseph Harguindeguy (La Habra, Calif. – Black), Garrett Wright (Mesa, Ariz. – Forest), Jerrett Overland (Las Vegas, Nev. – Kelly), Ethan Wolthers (Valencia, Calif. – White), Joshua Groll (San Diego, Calif. – Columbia), Ryan Johnson (Irvine, Calif. – Black), Jackson Niedermayer (Newport Beach, Calif. – Forest) and Tyler Shea (Valencia, Calif. – Black) were all teammates this past season for the 33-1-2 Anaheim Jr. Ducks of the 16U Tier I Elite Hockey League.

The latter four individuals all managed to put together notably impressive 2017-18 campaigns, finishing among the top few overall in various statistical categories of the renowned league that features 25 teams scattered across the country.  Groll led the charge for the Ducks’ skaters, as he placed first in goals (28) and second in overall points (52).  Johnson, who is a camp attendee but has not taken the ice due to injury, paced all league defensemen with 45 points, a mark which was a whopping 15 clear of the next closest blueliner.  His point total also ranked fourth leaguewide, while his 33 assists slotted him second overall.  Niedermayer followed closely as well, ending up fourth in goals (23) and sixth in points (42).  Between the pipes, Shea compiled a goals-against-average of 1.20, a .945 save percentage and 16 wins – good for third, second and third amongst T1EHL netminders, respectively.

CLOSING THE DOOR: White blanked previous camp-leading Columbia by a score of 2-0 on Saturday.  Netminder Jacob Zacharewicz (Riverhead, N.Y.) went the distance manning the crease and turned aside all 25 shots faced to record the only shutout to date this week.

LINEUP NOTES: Team White forward Cade Stibbe (Fargo, N.D.) and the aforementioned Ryan Johnson both remain sidelined due to injury.

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