Trio of California connections invited to USA Hockey National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp
Former Los Angeles Jr. King Nick Kent was one of 46 of the top American hockey players born in 2001 invited to this year’s USA Hockey National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp.
The camp, which will help select the 2017-18 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place from March 24-28 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
Kent (pictured), a defenseman from Ladera Ranch, is in his second season skating at Delta Hockey Academy, which is located in British Columbia.
In October, Kent committed to attend and play his NCAA Division I hockey at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University (ECAC Hockey) following his prep school and junior careers.
Also selected with California ties were Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ 16U AAA defenseman Ryan Johnson, an Irvine native, and fellow defenseman Cam York, an Anaheim Hills native and Jr. Ducks grad who is committed to Boston College (Hockey East).
York has skated the past two seasons with Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep School in Faribault, Minn.
In 1996, USA Hockey launched the National Team Development Program, originally based in Ann Arbor, Mich. The goal of the full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.