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California trio to be showcased at USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

 

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Players from 17 states, including three standouts from California, have been selected to compete in the seventh annual USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

Anaheim Hills’ Cam York, Tustin’s Dustin Wolf and Los Angeles’ Nick Robertson are among 42 players overall named to participate in the game, which will showcase the top U.S.-born players who are eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Players selected to compete in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.

All players are either 2000 or 2001 birth years.

“Fans will have the unique opportunity to see the next generation of American players, including the potential top pick in the next NHL Draft,” explained John Vanbiesbrouck, who serves as assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “Hockey in our country continues to grow and it’s great to be able to showcase our top players in an event like this.”

Nineteen of the 42 players on this year’s roster have represented the United States in international competition. Additionally 12 players have skated on a U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team while eight have played on a U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team.

York is among six players on the roster who helped the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team earn a silver medal at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorosk, Russia.

Wolf (pictured top), along with nine other players named to the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game roster, were part of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team that finished fourth at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

York, Wolf and Robertson are all 2001 birth years.

York is currently playing for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in the United States Hockey League (USHL). He suited up for a total of 33 USHL games in 2017-18 with either the U.S. National Under-17 Team or U.S. National Under-18 Team, collecting a total of three goals and 14 assists for 17 points.

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York (pictured above) also appeared in 26 exhibition games for the two U.S. age-group national teams last season, recording five goals and 24 points.

He was a member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team that captured first place at the 2018 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Jarvenpaa, Finland, first place at the 2017 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament in Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod Oblast, Russia, and first place at the 2017 World Under-17 Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C.

The Anaheim Hills native is among 31 players on this year’s USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game roster who have ties to the USHL, the top junior league in the United States, including 19 players associated with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich.

York, who played for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks from the Mite Division through the first year of Bantam AAA, became the first member of that club’s 2001 birth year group to make a college commitment when he announced plans in August 2016 to attend Boston College.

York played the 2015-16 season for Shattuck-St. Mary’s Bantam team, scoring 18 goals and 69 points.

Wolf, also 17, is currently playing for the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He appeared in 20 games for the team last season, posting a 13-6-0 record with a 2.25 goals-against average, four shutouts and .928 save percentage.

Wolf earned notoriety when he became the youngest goaltender (16 years, six months, 11 days) in Silvertips history to earn a victory since Carter Hart, a second-round pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft, accomplished the feat at age 16 years, one month, seven days, during the 2014-15 season.

The Tustin native, selected by the Silvertips in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Draft (104th overall) from the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, earned honors as the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the period Oct. 23-29, 2017.

Robertson, who moved to Michigan prior to his teen years, is in his second season playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Peterborough Petes this season. He was chosen by the Petes in the first round (16th overall) in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. Last year, he posted 15 goals and 33 points in 62 games. Robertson was also born on Sept. 11, 2001.

Photos: Wolf/Everett Silvertips; York/Rena Laverty/USA Hockey

— Phillip Brents

(Sept. 17, 2018)