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Hear from Program Director Jon De Castro who worked to get standouts from each CPH coach for the 2022-2023 season. Tryouts for next year are right around the corner, so seeing what the standard is set by these student athletes on and off the ice is always a good thing.
- Stone Hovey: Stone did a masterful job moving up to forward after spending the last few seasons as a defenseman. The call-up came after the team was short-handed in a home weekend vs. the Nashville Warriors. Hovey was tremendous, gelling right away on a line with Blake Cruthers and Victor Sweeny; as well as contributing on a game-tying goal.
- Blake Cruthers: The always-dependable Blake showed tremendous versatility during the season, excelling on offense, defense at times, power-play and penalty kill. Cruthers consistently showed off his hockey IQ, as well as a scoring touch, especially against tough competition.
- Tenley McAuliffe: Showed tremendous leadership throughout the season. Setting an example of what a CPH player should be, earning the opportunity to be an alternate captain and wear a letter towards the end of the season.
- Carter Dorley: After being diagnosed with a brain tumor right before a tournament in Rochester, fought hard to get back into the line-up scoring in his second game on a tremendous slap shot at a tournament in Pittsburgh
The 2008 AAA Team showed tremendous growth and development throughout this past season. A deep run at the CCM invite in Dallas earlier in the season set the stage for what hopes to be a significant step forward for this group.
Finishing the season with impressive stretches in Buffalo, as well as winning the Eastern Exposure Series showcase in Pittsburgh allowed this group to experience success on-the-ice.
- Cade Kinnear: with an impressive shot, coupled with impressive leadership qualities, he showed tremendous progress on the ice, as well as off-the-ice often putting in significant hours.
- Luke Schairer: One of the most talented players in our area, Schairer had opportunities where he controlled the game from start to end, often showing flashes of dominance in the play.
- Tristan McAuliffe: Solidified his role as one of the best defenseman within our organization, after making a switch to the position full-time during this past season.
Charlie Kopf, George Holdefher, Emerson Bosak, Nathan Schooley, Baylor Sendler: The 2009’s saw their season turn after a change in coaches. These four players stepped up in a tremendous leadership role, helping keep the team’s resolve down the stretch with tough games versus the Jr. Hurricanes and a tournament in DC. They showed tremendous character and leadership after a massive change within the team and its roster.
“I think Akhil was our most improved player for U10A, kid just loves the game now. Eva Burke is the hardest worker, she’s the best. Jameson also was awesome, came in late from Pineville youth and just threw himself into the fire. Loves the game as well.” – Coach Trevor Kleckner
“Gavin Miles— Being new to the Charlotte-area, you wouldn’t know it with Gavin. From day one, he’s always someone who is teammates want to be around. Always has a positive attitude on the ice, picks up his teammates whether the team struggles or an individual doesn’t have their best stuff that day, Gavin always steps in to help whether it’s giving his input or just trying to boost his teammates. Earned the Captaincy by unanimous votes from his teammates.
Max “G-MAX” Noel- came to CPH from the Pineville Falcons. As a goalie, you don’t usually play every game. GMax might not have played every game on the ice, but he has had a huge role in every single game. From setting the tone in the room before games to doing the Macarena on the bench in between whistles, GMax is always about keeping spirits up no matter the situation. The team could be up 5-0 or down 5-0 and you’d never know it when GMax is around.
Cam Riemer- Cam has been involved with CPH since its inception and he eats, sleeps, and breathes all things Hockey, CPH, Charlotte Rush, and of course Boston Bruins. Cam has a competitive edge like no other 10U player around. He constantly competes in practice just as much as he does in games. One quality that stands out with Cam is his ability to make everyone around him better. When teammates would get discouraged, Cam would be there to console them on and off the ice. Cam would even take it on by himself to help his teammates get better in practice by building them up and challenging them in different ways that they might not have tried or thought of before.” – Coach Brandon Corder
Cam Hargreaves, Connor Kubitz, Wilson Klein – “The development of these three players helped our team achieve massive success on and off the ice.
“Kirill Zeziulevich- outstanding goalie. Came to us speaking no English. Was an amazing net minder and even better teammate despite the language barrier.
Cooper Williams. Leader. Plays his heart out and sacrifices his body. Shut down defensemen. Broke his wrist in a game, didn’t miss a single practice or team event and returned 5 weeks later and was lights out.
Colin Main. Fierce competitor. Pure hustle. Elevated his game to another level after Holiday break and put the team on his back and produced big time offense for the team leading to some huge wins down the stretch.” – Coach Mike LoRusso
Alex Harwell, Chaz Camp, Evan Williams: “Those three were prime examples of the development process, struggled to find consistent success early in the year but came to work every day with the right attitude and bought into our brand of hockey. All three finished the season leading the way in all situations on and off the ice.” – Coach Bailey Conklin
“While it was a difficult season for the 18u team, i would identify the following players;
Cole Wright was our captain, leader, heart and soul. He is one of a select few on our roster to play in every game. Although he played out of his natural position, he was our hardest working and most consistent performer all season long. Nobody logged more minutes on our team than Cole amd he could be relied on in every situation.
Aiden Jones was our leading scorer and most offensively skilled player. He pushed himself so ensure development and improved skills, which will pave the way for him to play at a higher level going forward.
Although Shane Phillips was one of our youngest players, he worked through adversity to improve. I feel that Shane may have the highest ceiling in terms of potential, not just on our team but in the district.” – Coach Bill Bredin
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