Mar 12, 2014

Cathedral High hockey player chosen for national camp program



Staff report
(Photo courtesy of Cathedral High School)

SPRINGFIELD – John Leonard, a forward on the Cathedral High School boys hockey team, is one of 52 high school players chosen to participate in this year’s USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) Evaluation Camp.

The camp, which will be held March 21-25 at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube, will help select the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-17 Team.

According to the NTDP website, “The 52 players, including 19 defensemen, 27 forwards and six goaltenders, will be divided into three teams – Red, White and Blue. The squads will participate in on-ice practices and off-ice training as well as four 30-minute practice sessions and two full games.

“NTDP alumni Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn./2004-06), Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich./2004-05) and David Tanabe (White Bear Lake, Minn./1997-98) will serve as coaches at the camp. In addition, NTDP intern assistant coaches Josh Brown and Dan Naurato will also work behind the bench.”

The website also notes, “The 52 players on the NTDP Evaluation Camp roster represent 17 different states. Minnesota leads the way with 12 natives on the roster, while Michigan is second with eight. Illinois and Missouri boast six players each followed closely by New York (four).” Leonard, a sophomore, and Luke McInnis, who plays for the Hingham High School team, are the only two from Massachusetts.