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Seven Jr. Ducks picked for USA Hockey Select Camps

By Chris Bayee, 06/18/21, 1:30PM PDT


The seven include four members of last season's 16U AAA Nationals team as well as 15U AAA and 14U AAA players.

Defenseman Lukas McCloskey and forward Christian Kim are among four members of the Jr. Ducks 16U AAA team who are headed to USA Hockey Select Camps in June and July.

Seven players with ties to the Anaheim Jr. Ducks have been selected to USA Hockey’s Select Camps at Northtown Center and Daemen College at Amherst, N.Y., in June and July.

Forwards Merril Steenari and Ben Ivey, 2004 birth years who helped the Jr. Ducks 16U AAA team reach Nationals in the spring will participate in the Select 17s camp from June 23-28. Steenari was fourth on the 16s in scoring with 64 points in 47 games, and his 31 goals tied for the team lead. Ivey was fourth in scoring (47 points) and fifth in goals (18).

Players who emerge from that camp will participate in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup Camp from June 28-30. The roster for Team USA’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup squad will be picked from the latter group and participate in the annual tournament on Aug. 2-7 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

Forward Christian Kim and defenseman Lukas McCloskey, also part of the 16U AAA this past season, will be joined by defenseman Aidan Falvo, who played on the 15U AAA team, and forward Josh Armbruster, a longtime Jr. Duck, at the Select 16s camp, which is for 2005s, from July 7-13. Kim was third on his team in scoring (33 points) and second in assists (36). Falvo had 14 points and McCloskey 12 for their respective teams. 

Goaltender Jack Kavetsky, a 2006 who played on the Jr. Ducks’ 14U AAA team, was picked for the Select 15s camp on July 13-18. Kavetsky had a 2.60 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.