Competition continued on Tuesday at the 2018 Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp. Team White's Cole Vallese (Rockville, MD) scored two goals and added three assists for a five-point performance in a 7-4 victory over Team Kelly. Meanwhile, Team Royal's Liam O'Gwen (Basking Ridge, N.J.) made 18 saves on as many shots and recorded his first shutout of camp in a 4-0 win over Team Gold. Team Red's Ryan Beck (Linden, Mich.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, in his team's 3-2 victory over Team Forrest.
BROTHERLY LOVE: This year’s Select 16 camp features twin brothers competing on different teams throughout its duration. Tiernan and Travis Shoudy (Marysville, Mich.) have played alongside one another as teammates during the youth season for Detroit Little Caesars, most recently with the highly ranked Tier I 16U club. Tiernan, a forward, is a member of Team Kelly this week, while Travis, a defenseman, suits up for Team Orange.
MORE CHAMPS: In addition to the Tier 1 15-Only National Champion Buffalo Jr. Sabres highlighted earlier this week, the 2018 Tier-1 16U National Champion Chicago Mission are also represented at the Select 16 camp. Matthew Basgall (Lake Forest, Ill. – Team Royal), James Doyle (Plainfield, Ill. – Team Orange), Jack Horbach (Naperville, Ill. – Team Black), Gerard Keane (Homer Glen, Ill. – Team Grey), Thomas Weis (Verona, Wis. – Team White) and Nick Addante (Algonquin, Ill. – Team Kelly) are all competing this week after being a part of the Mission squad, which featured a handful of players from last week’s Select 17 camp as well. Wyatt Schingoethe (Algonquin, Ill.), who also spent this past season with the 16U Mission, was slated to play for Team Red but will not partake in any on-ice festivities due to injury.
GOLD GREETINGS: Team Kelly had the opportunity to meet United States Paralympic gold medalists Travis Dodson and Ralph DeQuebec on Monday. Both former Marine Corps soldiers, the two were both members of the 2018 Paralympic Gold Medal winning U.S. sled hockey team. Dodson also competed at the 2014 Paralympics in biathlon and cross-country skiing before transitioning to sled hockey for the 2018 games. The pair are in town participating in this week’s Sled Hockey Player Development Camp at Northtown Center, which is taking place alongside the Select 16s. Combined, Dodson and DeQuebec bring to the table seven-plus years of experience with the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team.
NHL LINEAGE: Team Kelly forward Nikita Kovalev (Greenwich, Conn.) is the son of longtime NHL sniper, Alexei Kovalev. Initially selected by the New York Rangers in the first round (15th overall) of the 1991 NHL Draft, Kovalev went on to play 18 seasons in the league between New York, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Ottawa and Florida. Renowned as one of the best puck-handlers to ever lace up the skates, the 6-foot-2-inch winger registered 1,029 points (430G, 599A) over 1,316 NHL games, appearing in three NHL All-Star Games along the way (2001/2003/2009). Kovalev was also a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers squad.