215 players at camp Phantoms begin to determine rosterJune 13 2011 at 10:25 AM
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Phantoms begin determining roster
Published: Sun, June 12, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.
By Greg Gulas
Hosting 215 candidates at their annual selection camp, all with heart and desire to become a member of the Youngstown Phantoms in the fall, has been the easy part for coach Curtis Carr.
Paring the squad to 25 by Wednesday as they prepare for a Sept. 1 reporting date remains his challenge.
Carr, who will enter his second full season as coach of the USHL club, admits that he has a different mindset at this year’s camp than a season ago.
“We’ve altered our plan and approach a bit this year. Last year we went after the best players, taking skill and speed because so many were very similar,” said Carr. “This year, we’ve identified areas of need and will go after players to fill those roles. What we haven’t altered, however, is that we want good kids with the right character.
“We want players who will have an impact both on the ice and in the community.”
The goalies camp attracted 46 candidates on Thursday and Friday with 16 players retained for Saturday’s games. Just six will be asked back workouts today through Wednesday.
“These are players that we’ve drafted along with high-profile free agents,” said Carr. “The difference, however, is that we have more returnees, more experience and more production returning.
“We’re concentrating on center men. We want gritty guys; players that bring a physical presence. We’ll be a better team and one that is more well-balanced,” Carr added.
The Phantoms lost five centers from last year’s squad with only Dylan Margonari (9 goals, 3 assists) returning.
Alexander Dahl, the team’s No. 1 pick from Eau Claire, Wisc. — whose brother, Jefferson, was the Phantoms captain and leading scorer two seasons ago — called the first few days a challenge.
“Working with veterans and taking shots on goalies was pretty tiring, having just gotten in after driving from Wisconsin,” said Dahl.
“I tried out last year and felt like I had to make a name for myself. This year, I feel more confident but there is still a long way to go,” he said.
Carr kept an eye on Dahl last year and remains very high on him.
“Alex is very detailed and disciplined and will face an adjustment period,” said Carr. “However, he is smart enough to play on the skilled first line yet defensive and disciplined to play on the third line.
“We’re very confident that he can fill the hole that was created when Cody Strang left for Bemidji State,” Carr said.
Patrick Conte of Niagara Falls, N.Y., an eighth-round pick who played last season for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, is very familiar with the Phantoms.
“I just want to use the camp to score some goals, make some hits and get under some guys’ skin. That is my game,” he said.
One player, Sam Anas of Potomac, Md., and the team’s No. 2 draft selection, was unable to take part in the camp after contracting the mumps earlier in the week.
“I was gearing up for camp for over a month with the hope of impressing the coaches. I just graduated from high school on Friday so it really has been a stressful week,” said Anas. “My plan, however, is to join the players the final two days and then get ready for September.”
Carr and assistants Anthony Noreen and Brad Patterson will give each player on the final roster a summer work-out program. They will also be responsible for four physical tests during that time and must report back to the staff so they can make sure they are on schedule for their fall return.
Camp will last 31/2 weeks with four exhibition games – two at home — and the three-game Fall Classic in Sioux City, Iowa, before they trim the roster from 25 to the mandated 23 players on Sept. 25.
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|June 17 2011, 10:03 AM |
roster of the kids who made the final Allstar Game for Youngstown.
Shane Shiring 6' 185lbs 11/3/92 f
Alex Gacek 5'8" 175lbs 4/6/93 F
Jason Reynolds 5'11" 175lbs F
Dylan MArgonari 6'1" 185 2/7/92
MAx Becker 5'10" 170lbs 7/7/95
Ryan Belonger 5'10" 180lbs 5/5/92
Peter MacIntyre 6'5" 200lbs 11/22/91
Alex Dahl 6'1" 185lbs 2/27/93
Nolan Culver 5'8" 165lbs 7/14/93
Luke Stork 6' 170lbs 4/13/95
Todd Koritzinsky 5'8" 155lbs 9/1/93
PAtrick Conte 5'11" 190lbs 3/1/91
Daniel Renouf 6'2" 190 6/1/94
Jordan Young 5'9" 170lbs 5/12/92
MAtthew Calabrese 5'8" 160 6/5/95
Chris Bradley 6'2" 190lbs 5/20/93
Zachary Bishop 6'4" 185lbs 8/2/94
Brett Beauvais 6' 175 10/24/94
Matthew O'Connor 6'5" 190lbs 2/14/92
Sean Romeo 6' 160lbs 11/7/94
Jake Moore 5'11" 160lbs 5/25/94
Mike Ambrosia 5'10" 175lbs 5/25/92
Austin Cangelosi 5'7" 170lbs 5/8/92
Ty Loney 6'3" 185lbs 3/1/92
Conor Brown 6'2" 175lbs 4/2/92
Ryan badager 5'10" 175 3/3/94
David Seward 6'4" 204lbs 4/4/93
Stephan Collins 5'11" 180lbs 8/10.91
Greg Gibson 5'10"175lbs 1/31/91
Alexander Taullien 6'4" 205lbs 8/23/92
Mike Szmatula 5'10" 175lbs 1/31/91
JT Stenglein 6' 195 7/11/93
Jacob Pritchard 5'11" 165lbs
Eric Sweetman 5'11" 1/25/94
Ryan Lowney 5'9" 165 1/4/94
Justin Stevens 5'11" 195lbs 11/24/91
Chris Buchanan 6'1" 185lbs 4/22/94
Michael Gunn 6'3" 195lbs 5/11/92
Kale Bennett 5'11" 170 11/30/95
The Phantoms selection camp came to a closeNo score for this post
|June 17 2011, 6:52 PM |
Written by Matt M Metzger Wednesday, 15 June 2011 15:42
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Phantoms selection camp came to a close on June 15 after the final game was played at the Ice Zone. After evaluating 215 players and watching 15 games over the course of five days, the Phantoms coaching staff is now tasked with finding the 25 players that will start
Phantoms Head Coach Curtis Carr
the season as members of the Youngstown Phantoms.
Over the last week, the Phantoms coaching staff has disappointed some players while others have come to camp and impressed to the point of securing a roster spot. For Phantoms Head Coach Curtis Carr, confidence is high as the Phantoms move one step closer to the start of the 2011-12 season.
“It has been a lot of sleepless nights trying to figure out which players fit our puzzle,” said Carr. “I think we accomplished the goals we set for our camp and I feel that we have all the pieces that we needed in place. We were very happy with the talent that we had to pick from and I feel that we are a much better team now then at this same time last season.”
For some, the final day of the selection camp was a day they have looked forward to for years as the goal of playing in the USHL was realized. For USHL rookie Alex Dahl, this is a day when he not only secures a roster spot but he also finds himself following in the footsteps of former Phantom and current University of Wisconsin Badger, Jefferson Dahl.
“I just graduated high school last week and now I’m preparing for the USHL,” said Dahl. “It is very exciting to be here in Youngstown because I know a little more about what to expect because my brother played here two seasons ago. My adjustment will also be a little easier because I will be living with the same billet family that Jefferson was with.”
Unfortunately, not every player that attended the Phantoms camp would have the same feeling of accomplishment that Dahl and the other selected players felt as they departed from Youngstown. Part of the selection process requires the Phantoms coaching staff to give the unwanted news to an aspiring USHL player.
“This is an exciting day because we are picking our team,” said Carr, “but for me as a person, it is one of the hardest days. You know you’re going to send kids home heartbroken after they came here for a week and put everything on the line. To see them be disappointed is tough but I’m very excited with what we have moving forward.”
The Phantoms will announce their 25-man roster after the first of July. These 25 players will all report to Youngstown to start the season with one cut left. After the Fall Classic in September, the Phantoms coaching staff will have to make one more cut as they enter the regular season with 23 players on the roster.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are on sale now. Ticket plans start at the low price of just $90. Call the Phantoms office today at 330.747.7825 for more information or to make a reservation today! For a complete Phantoms schedule, visit www.youngstownphantoms.com.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11. With over 200 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 15 NHL Entry Draft picks on League rosters, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.
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