First of all, I'd like to wish a Happy 4th of July to all of the blog readers out there! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!
I've been sitting on some of these links for awhile, so I figured I'd put them out in one article. Some of these I've shared on the B³ Twitter site, but I know some of you don't check that.
To keep with the patriotic feel, this first bit of news involves two Lincoln Stars draft picks who were selected by Team USA to participate in an upcoming international tournament. Stars futures draft picks Alex Schoenborn and Vinni Lettieri were recently named to the 2011 U.S Under-17 Select Team that will compete at the 2011 U-17 Five Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, MI from 8/9 to 8/13. Click here to read more. Click here to view the Team USA roster that will participate in the tournament.
Congratulations to both Alex and Vinni! What an honor to represent your country in a tournament such as this. This is just my opinion, but I think both Alex and Vinni have a very good shot at making the Lincoln Stars roster next season despite their young age ('95's). I was very impressed with both at the Stars' tryout camp last month. It's not uncommon to make the jump from a futures draft selection to the Stars' roster, as Dominik Shine and Cole Martin have both done in the past.
Lincoln Stars draft pick Mike McKee, who was a surprise attendee of the 2011 Stars tryout camp last month, was selected to participate in the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs development camp. Click here to read more. I have my doubts that we'll see McKee in a Stars uniform next season. I have heard he may be contemplating a move to the OHL for this upcoming season, and will not attend Northeastern University in the fall of 2012, as previously planned. Stay tuned.
Former Stars forward Ryan Potulny recently signed a two-year contract with the NHL Washington Capitals. Click here to read more. Last season with the Binghampton Senators (AHL), Potulny was the team's leading playoff scorer (26 points in 23 playoff games), as the Sens won the 2011 Calder Cup championship trophy.
Former Stars defenseman Mike Dalhuisen was one of thirteen defenseman selected to participate in the 2011 NHL Dallas Stars development camp held in McKinney, TX from 7/1 to 7/7. Click here to read more. In this blog post, Dalzy was mentioned as having the hardest shot (97mph) of any of the camp invites. Former Stars forward Stephen Schultz is also at the Stars' development camp.
Former Stars forward John McCarron was invited to participate in the NHL Buffalo Sabres summer development camp. Click here to read more.
Former Stars goaltender Jared Coreau was invited to participate in the NHL New York Rangers development camp. Click here to read more.
Former Stars forward Mike Kramer has been invited to participate in the NHL Minnesota Wild development camp. Click here to read more.
Former Stars forward Erik Condra signed two-year contract with the NHL Ottawa Senators. Click here to read more.
Former Stars forward Trevor Frishmon signed a one-year contract with the NHL New York Islanders. Click here to read more.
Former Stars forward Brock Trotter recently signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. Click here to read more.
This news was passed along to me by a blog reader who recently emailed Brian Werger, USHL Director of Communications, about the USHL import rules. Starting the 2011-12 season, the rules regarding player imports will change. According to Mr. Werger, "Each USHL club is allowed a maximum of four imports (non-American players). It doesn't matter if it is returning or traded players or what position they play, the maximum any team can have on the roster is four." Very interesting news, in my opinion. I had not seen this news posted anywhere on the internet, so it was a surprise to me. I think it's a great idea to open up the USHL rosters to a few more foreign-born players. Great way to promote the USHL to players outside of the USA.
*Hopefully* next week the Stars will release the 2011 protected roster and affiliate list, so check back here for that as I will post it as soon as the Stars decide to release it to the public. The USHL should also release the 2011-12 regular season schedule soon as well.
Also, the Fargo Force will be interviewing candidates for the open head coaching position, and I have heard they would like to have a new coach named sometime in mid-July. It will be interesting if Chad Johnson is picked, and if so, where the Stars will go from here.
That's about it! Thanks to those blog readers who have sent me links to news related to the Stars. I appreciate it. Have a safe and fun weekend!