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Schmaltz Drafted in the First Round of NHL Entry Draft

Former Green Bay Gambler defenseman Jordan Schmaltz was selected 25th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the NHL Entry Draft this past weekend.  Schmaltz became the first former Gamblers player to be selected in the first round in the NHL Entry Draft in franchise history.

“We are very happy for Jordan on his selection in the first round. What is most exciting is that he earned it with his play when it matter most and that was in the playoffs,” said head coach and general manager Derek Lalonde, “It was a great day for our entire organization and it just adds more to a special season following our Anderson and Clark Cup Championships.”

The 18-year-old from Verona, Wisconsin tied for second in scoring among all USHL defensemen with 41 points (10g, 31a) in 55 regular season games.  After starting the season with the Sioux City Musketeers, he was acquired by the Gamblers and put up 35 points (7g, 28a) and a plus-15 rating in 46 games.  He added seven points (2g, 5a) and a plus-10 rating in 12 playoff games in helping the team capture the Clark Cup Championship.  For his efforts this past season, Schmaltz was named to the 1st Team All-USHL for a second consecutive season. Schmaltz was the first player since the 1994-95 season (Scott Swanson, Omaha Lancers) to be named All-USHL First Team in consecutive seasons. Schmaltz is committed to the University of North Dakota and will play there this upcoming fall.

Gamblers Roll Out Commemorative Limited Edition Photo Book

The Green Bay Gamblers will be selling commemorative limited edition photo books from this past season. The books will be sold at the Gamblers Team Store starting tomorrow morning during the second and final All-Star game at the conclusion of the Gamblers main try-out camp. The books will also be available to be order online at the Gamblers Team Store.

Each player will have one page dedicated to them. The page will be one large action photo from this past season.  The book will also feature group shots of the players taken out on the ice after the Anderson Cup Championship and the Clark Cup Championship.

The team and individual accomplishments will also be featured throughout the book. Cost per book will be $20.00 and only a limited number of books have been printed.

Three Former Gamblers Invited to U.S. Evaluation Camp

USA Hockey today announced the 46 players invited to take part in its National Junior Evaluation Camp this August in Lake Placid, N.Y. The players will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

Among the invitees are three former Gamblers off the 2011-12 squad — defenseman Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wisconsin), defenseman Andy Welinski (Duluth, Minnesota) and Forward Alex Broadhurst (New Lennox, Illinois).

Schmaltz came to the Gamblers via a November trade with the Sioux City Musketeers.  The Verona, Wisconsin native was ranked the 8th best North American prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by NHL Central Scouting.  Schmaltz was second in the USHL in scoring from the blueline, appearing in 55 games this season tallying 10 goals and 31 assists and a plus 11 plus/minus rating.  Schmaltz is committed to the University of North Dakota (WCHA).  Schmaltz for a second consecutive season was named to the 1st Team All-USHL this past season.

Welinski was touted as one of the top defenseman in the USHL this past season.  The Duluth, MN native appeared in 54 games during the 2011-12 season for the Gamblers registering 15 goals and 22 assists. Welinski was the top defenseman in goals scored and second in plus/minus rating with a plus 36 rating.  During his rookie campaign, Welinksi was a member of a Gamblers defensive core that led the 16-team USHL in goals against.  In June of 2011, Welinski heard his named called by the Anaheim Ducks (3rd round) at the NHL Entry Draft. Welinski is committed to Minnesota-Duluth.  For his efforts this past season, Welinski was named USHL Defenseman of the Year and USA Hockey Dave Tyler Junior Hockey Player of the Year.

Broadhurst has the distinction of being the team’s leading scorer this past season and was named to the 1st Team All-USHL.  In 53 games during the regular season, the New Lenox, IL native scored 26 goals and 47 assists. Broadhurst put together a tremendous rookie campaign, registering 13 goals and 20 assists in 55 games.  Broadhurst continued his solid play in the Clark Cup Playoffs, leading the USHL in scoring with 18 points (9 goals & 9 assists).  Broadhurst was also the first player in the 33 year history of the USHL to score a shorthanded hat trick in the playoffs in a win against the Youngstown Phantoms in the second round of the playoffs. Broadhurst was selected in the 7th round of the NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks.

For the full list of players invited to the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here.

The camp, which will take place at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center from Aug. 4-11, includes practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international games against Sweden and Finland. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: Eleven of the 46 invited players participated in last year’s camp … The 2013 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp from Dec. 19-23 to be held in Helsinki, Finland.

2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule

Aug. 4-11 • Lake Placid, N.Y. • Olympic Center • USA Rink

Date Event Time (EDT)
Sat., Aug. 4 USA Blue Practice 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m.
Sweden Practice 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Finland Practice 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 5 Sweden Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 6 Sweden Practice 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland 1:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Sweden 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 7 FInland Practice 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 8 USA Practice 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Finland Practice 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 9 Sweden Practice 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
USA Practice 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
FInland Practice 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 10 Finland Practice 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 11 USA vs. Finland 1:00 p.m.

Pieces of Game Five Headed to Hall of Fame

Several items from the historic 2011-12 United States Hockey League season are making their way to the Hockey Hall of Fame and will be on display at the museum in Toronto, Ontario.

To commemorate the 2012 USHL Clark Cup championship by the Green Bay Gamblers, multiple items from the team’s Game Five victory in the Clark Cup Final series are headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame.  The stick used by goaltender Ryan McKay in the 5-2 victory on Wednesday, May 23rd over the Waterloo Black Hawks and the jersey worn by Gamblers defenseman Kyle Chatham in Game Five will be on display.  Chatham’s number “12” jersey further complements the championship achieved in the year 2012.

Ticket stubs from Game Five have also been sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame along with a copy of the Green Bay Press Gazette from May 24th which celebrates the Gamblers’ fourth Clark Cup title in team history.

The USHL items are part of the “Year in Review” at the Hockey Hall of Fame and will rotate through other exhibits, including the United States junior hockey showcase.

The Hockey Hall of Fame celebrates the rich history of hockey with artifacts and treasures from the past, and is the official home of the Stanley Cup.  It also includes multi-media exhibits, interactive games, and displays for hockey’s Honored Members.  The Hall includes historic pieces from the NHL, plus many other levels of hockey, which are on display to entertain and educate thousands of people who visit the museum annually and to support multiple charitable organizations.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 10th season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12.  With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 13 NHL draftees on its rosters this season, and over 270 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL is emerging as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).  Fans can also watch USHL action online all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).

 

It’s not just hockey.  It’s the USHL.