by Bob Trieger
CT Provides Fertile Hockey Resource for NHL & Colleges
For years, CT provided on-the-job training for future college and professional hockey players, highlighted this year by Colin Wilson’s selection in the seventh overall spot by the Nashville Predators.
Born in Greenwich, the son of former NHL player, Carey Wilson, Colin grew-up in Winnipeg. He was a member of the US National Development Team (22 goals, 25 points), as well as the New England and Hockey East Rookie of the Year this past season, skating as a freshman for Boston University (13-22). The 6’1, 215 pound left wing is only 18 years old.
The Daniels twins, Justin and Drew, were both drafted by the San Jose Sharks out of Kent School. Center Justin, who led his prep team last season with 17 goals and 27 assists, was selected in the third round with the 62nd overall pick. Right winger Drew went in the seventh round. Both are committed to Northeastern University.
In the sixth round, Colorado selected Avon Old Farms right wing Cameron Atkinson, the 5’7 Boston College-bound skater from Greenwich who had 26 goals and 37 assists in only 28 games this past season.
Boston College right wing Ben Smith (Avon), who had 25 goals and 25 assists for the Eagles 2007-2008 national championship sextet, went 12 spots later in the same round to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Choate-Rosemary Hall center Mark Goggin, who is heading to Dartmouth College, went in the seventh round to the Boston Bruins. He had 15 goals and 21 assists this past season for Choate.
Caught in the MLB draft
Salisbury School shortstop Anthony Hewitt was the 24th pick in the opening round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the recent Major League Baseball amateur draft. The Phillies plan to move Anthony to third base.
Here’s a look at other CT players drafted by rounds: 7th, Amity Regional (Woodbridge) third baseman Jason Esposito (Kansas City Royals); 12th, Bristol Eastern shortstop Brett Anderson (Detroit Tigers); 17th, Yale pitcher Brian Irving (San Francisco Giants); 20th, New Haven catcher Michael Moras (New York Mets), Manchester Community College.
Notes of Note
Sports at Mohegan Sun: Battle At The Sun III: Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Tournament starting at 9 a.m. on August 3rd and Professional Supershow will be held that night … The annual Jim Calhoun All-Star Basketball Game is scheduled for August 9.
Team CT MVP. A.J. Rataic’s (East Catholic) bases-loaded ground rule double broke-open a 2-2 game in the fifth inning as Team CT went on to beat Team Massachusetts, 8-4, in the annual All-Star Baseball Game. Team CT’s Most Valuable Pitcher was Wil Jolin (Guilford), who fanned five and allowed only one hit.
UConn Women’s Basketball Team head coach, Geno Auriemma, signed a five-year, $8 million contract, keeping the Hall of Famer coaching the Lady Huskies through 2013.
Tonya Cardoza, veteran UConn women’s assistant hoop coach, is the now the head coach at Temple University. Tonya’s spot with the Huskies was replaced by former Huskies star, Shea Ralph.
Southern CT State track & field and cross-country coach, Wil Wright, has retired after 46 years, 35 as head coach. He coached 100 All-American and 24 National Champions.
UConn forward Stanley Robinson will not play for the Huskies this year. He is attending junior college near his Alabama home addressing academic and personal issues.