COME AGAIN?!: Team White’s Ethan Wolthers (Valencia, Calif.) brings an unmatched background to this week’s festivities – one that can surely be considered an outlier in the realm of elite hockey players. Wolthers previously competed for Team USA in the sport of BMX bike racing at a younger age, winning three individual world championships and three U18 team world championships. In 2013, he abruptly became interested and decided to turn his attention to ice hockey - after never previously putting on a pair of skates or knowing much about the NHL at all. Fast-forward four and a half years to the present and Wolthers has competed amongst some of the top 2001-born American skaters featured at the Select 17 camp.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Columbia forward Tyler Young (Lancaster, Mass.) is the son of longtime NHL winger and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member, Scott Young. Over his lengthy NHL career that spanned over 1,181 games between seven different organizations, Young tallied 757 points (342G, 415A) to go along with a pair of Stanley Cups (1991 – Pittsburgh, 1996 – Colorado). The Boston University alum also represented the United States at 10 different international events, including three World Junior Championships, three Olympic Games, three World Championships and one World Cup of Hockey. Young remains involved in the NHL today, as he currently serves as Director of Player Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
BROTHERLY LOVE: Nicholas Robertson (Northville, Mich.) of Team Columbia is not the only member of his family to recently navigate through the minor and junior hockey ranks. His older brother, Jason, was drafted 39th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2017 NHL Draft and signed a three-year entry level contract with the club this past May.
STRONG FINISHERS: Sunday’s action featured shutout victories for Team White (5-0), Team Red (5-0) and Team Grey (3-0), backstopped by Max Miller (Ann Arbor, Mich. – 12 saves), Dylan Wolf (Lake Stevens, Wash. – 21 saves) and Kyle Chauvette (New Boston, N.H. – 21 saves), respectively.
STANDING TALL: Team White and Team Grey both finished the week with a camp-leading 12 points over the five games. White registered four regulation wins, while Grey reached the mark without suffering a loss, tallying three shootout wins and a pair of regulation wins.
ON DECK FOR MONDAY: The Select 17 camp concludes Monday morning with select competitors being chosen to compete in the annual All-Star Game. Of the 85 participants from the previous two bouts (2016 and 2017), 29 have gone on to be drafted by an NHL team, while one has since signed as an undrafted free agent and a few eagerly await first-time eligibility for selection in the 2019 draft.