PRESS BOX: BOYS HOCKEY
This year’s America’s Showcase will be played in the Show-Me State.
And Team Illinois, which will be looking to defend its championship on April 19-23 in St. Peters, Missouri, is loaded with players from Glenbrook North, Loyola Gold and New Trier Green.
GBN will be represented by senior forward David Rubin, junior defenseman David Wilcox, junior defenseman Thomas Burke and senior goaltender Tyler Laarveld.
LA Gold had four players selected in senior forward John Purcell, senior forward Daniel Stevens and senior defensemen Matthew Parma. Junior defenseman Nicholas Liebers is an alternate.
Four New Trier Green players made the squad, including junior forward Bobby Soudan, senior forward John Robinson and senior defenseman William “Connor” Baldwin. Senior goalie Hayden Wieczorek is an alternate.
Stevenson placed three players on the team: senior forwared Trevor Hilt, senior forward Jackson Leptich and senior goalie Elias Sandholm. St. Viator had two selections: senior forward Anthony Letto and senior forward Vincent Avino. The other roster members include Oak Park-River Forest senior forward Liam Burns, Carmel Catholic senior forward Reid Nelson, junior forward Will Sammons, Benet Academy junior defenseman Jackson Paras and St. Ignatius senior defenseman Ryan Haraldsen.
The other alternates include Patrick Doyle (St. Ignatius), Christopher Lee (York), Billy Paschen (York) and Matt Dodge (Barrington).
Laarveld, Leptich, Nelson and Purcell played on last year’s showcase team, which took first place at Robert Morris Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, the AHAI all-staters include:
Glenbrook North: Thomas Burke, Tyler Laarveld, David Rubin, David Wilcox
Highland Park: Dylan Abt
Loyola Gold: Hugh Brady, Aidan Finegan, Tim Hackett, Matthew Parma, John Purcell, Daniel Stevens
New Trier Green: Connor Baldwin, John Robinson, Bobby Soudan
AWF: Blake Vaca
BGHW: Connor Kelly, Eric Kurpiewski, Gavin Spahr
Carmel Catholic: Reid Nelson
Evanston: Isaiah Ricketts
Glenbard: Vincent Sansone
Lane Tech: Noah Fletcher, Nathan Radtke
Lincoln-Way: Hayden Muehlbacher, Bryce Schrofer
Neuqua Valley: Ben Granato
Oak Park-River Forest: Liam Burns, Max Goldstein, Spencer Smith
Providence Catholic: Ryan Kaup
St. Ignatius: Charles Doherty, Ryan Haraldsen
St. Viator: Vincent Avino, Kevin Joyce, Anthony Letto
Stevenson: Michael Dowd, Jackson Leptich, Elias Sandholm
Waubonsie: Cade Kenyon, Zach Pearce
Wheaton West: Nathan Rutledge, Conor Tully