Five days of games have concluded in Amherst, NY at the USA Hockey Select 16 Development Camp and there were some strong performances across different teams at the camp this week. The All-Star Game starts at 10 A.M this morning and there will be a separate post for that once the roster is announced. Continue after the jump for info on the high performers who we expect to make the all-star game or consideration for the Five Nations Tournament.
Each Wednesday we look to highlight commitments made across college hockey. I will try to predict when a player will arrive on campus but as we all know that can be flexible in NCAA Hockey. Check below to review the commitments made since July 5.
The hockey program at University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and hockey as a whole in the state of Alaska, has had a nervous last year. In October, 2016 amid a budget crisis in the state of Alaska it was rumored that the programs at UAF and Alaska-Anchorage may be on the cutting block. Luckily, the programs survived this budget cut, but budget cuts have continued for the next academic year as well putting the long term health of each program in murky waters. Those waters were made a little more unclear Monday as it was reported that Dallas Ferguson has left his position as head coach of the Nanooks.
Starting tomorrow in Amherst, New York the top 2001 birth year boys hockey players from across the United States will compete in games over five days while being evaluated by USA Hockey. The camp serves as an evaluation period used in selecting the players who will move on to join the U17 USA National Team Development Program.
Each Wednesday I will look to make this a running feature, highlighting commitments made across college hockey. I will try to predict when a player will arrive on campus but as we all know that can be flexible in NCAA Hockey. Check below to review the commitments made since June 28.
Eeli Tolvanen, who once was committed to play for the Boston College Eagles but was denied admission last month, has found a home for the 2017-18 season. Unfortunately, for NCAA fans that home is not with college hockey as Tolvanen is returning to his native Finland to play for Jokerit. Jokerit is the lone Finnish franchise in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) widely considered the best professional league in Europe.
The Michigan State University Spartans hockey team picked up a commitment over the weekend for the 2017-18 season. Gianluca Esteves, 20, of the Aston Rebels (NAHL) pledged to join the Spartans late in the recruiting process.