Sunday, July 7, 2013

Camping Season

Summer is the season for camping. Here's a rundown:
NHL Prospect Development Camps
A number of current, future, and past UND players will be taking part in NHL prospect development camps this summer. Below is a rundown of UND's attendees (a fun one to keep an eye on is the New York Islanders' Orange vs. Blue prospect scrimmage, which they stream live on their website):

Team Player Camp Roster
Anaheim Keaton Thompson
Boston Zane Gothberg
Calgary Corban Knight
Chicago Nick Mattson Roster
Luke Johnson Roster 2
Edmonton Dillon Simpson
Florida Rocco Grimaldi Roster
Los Angeles Derek Forbort
Paul LaDue
Montreal Mark MacMillan
Nashville Wade Murphy Roster
New York Islanders Brock Nelson
San Jose Gage Ausmus
Tampa Bay Brendan O'Donnell
Toronto Andrew MacWilliam
Winnipeg Tucker Poolman
New York Rangers                Adam Tambellini              Roster
                                                     Carter Rowney

USA Hockey Select 17 Development Camp
A few future Sioux took part in USA Hockey's recent Select 17 player development camp, which features many of the top 1996 birth year players in the US. Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Mantha were named camp All-Stars following their five games of pool play and Austin Poganski was a key component of Team Royal, which won the camp championship. Here are the stat lines from the UND commitments:

Player Gm G A Pts
Ryan Mantha 6 0 1 1
Austin Poganski 6 1 4 5
Nick Schmaltz 6 1 2 3

This camp is the basis for building USA Hockey's Select Under-18 team, which will compete in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August. All three were named to the team and will don the red, white, and blue next month in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Check out USA Hockey's release for more information on the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, and here is the full roster (Word doc).
USA Hockey Select 16 Development Camp
This week, USA Hockey's Select 16 development camp kicks off, featuring some of the top 1997 birth year talent in the United States. UND currently has just one 1997 commitment in Christian Evers, and he will be attending the camp. There are several other players of UND/local interest taking part in the camp as well:

Player Hometown Team Notes
Tye Ausmus East Grand Forks, MN Red Defenseman, EGF HS
Tarek Baker Verona, WI Royal Rumblings of UND interest
Matt Christian Grand Forks, ND Forest Forward, Red River HS
Charlie Churchill Grand Forks, ND Red Goaltender, Red River HS
Christian Evers Waukee, IA Orange UND D commit, NTDP U-17
Spencer Kuhlman Gand Forks, ND Gold Played last two years at SSM
Tanner Tweten East Grand Forks, MN Grey Forward, EGF HS

Friday, July 5, 2013

Recruit Profile: Ryan Gropp (Decommitted)
Current Team:   Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Potential Arrival at UND:  2014
Position:  Forward
Birthday:  September 16th, 1996
Hometown:  Kamloops, BC, Canada
Height:  6'3"
Weight: 190
Shoots:  Left

Committment Update: Decommitted from UND in October of 2013 in order to sign with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL).

Profiles & Press Clippings:
  • He will play for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.
  • He was one of 42 players invited to Hockey Canada's Ivan Hlinka Tournament Under-18 Selection Camp.
  • He recorded 31 points (12G, 19A) in 50 regular season games with the BCHL's Penticton Vees. He also chipped in with nine points (4G, 5A) in 15 postseason games.
  • He was named the BCHL Interior Conference Rookie of the Year.
  • He was a finalist for the CJHL's national Rookie of the Year Award.
  • He represented Canada's Team Pacific at the World Under-17 Challenge, recording three points (2G, 1A) in five tournament games.
  • He played for the Okanagan Hockey Academy Under-18 AAA team, producing 51 points (21G, 30A) in 41 games. He also appeared in two games with the BCHL's Penticton Vees, scoring one goal.
  • He represented Team Canada at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, notching nine points (6G, 3A) in six tournament games. His six goals led the tournament while helping Canada earn the bronze medal as the team's second leading point producer.
  • He was a member of Team BC at the Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup in Moose Jaw, SK, where he scored two goals in four games.
  • He was one of 42 players selected to attend the National Hockey League Player's Association Mentorship Camp.
  • Played for the Kamloops Jardine's Blazers Bantam Tier 1 team, scoring 128 points (62G, 66A) in 58 regular season games. In the postseason, he added 14 points (7G, 7A) in nine games.