USHL - Riders well represented in NHL Development Camps


July 4, 2017 - Cedar Rapids, IA

With the official NHL offseason having been kicked off, one would think it would be time to sit back and kick your feet up after a long, hard season.  For those aspiring to make it to the NHL one day, that is far from the truth.  With summer in full swing, members of the National Hockey League conduct their summertime development camps.  Typically, camps are five days and put the “Future” of the NHL to the test.  Camp features on-ice skill development and off-ice workouts on a daily basis.  Attendees also will take part in NHL Level off-ice workouts and attend classes designed to help players transition to professional hockey.  Players will receive feedback from teams coaching staff, management and scouts in an effort to advise the players of their strengths and growth opportunities. 

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League are well represented, currently having over 20 known future, current and past members of the organization participating in camps across the NHL.  “It is a great opportunity for our players to continue their education on what it takes on and off the ice to be an NHL player” said RoughRiders Head Coach Mark Carlson. 

Camp also provides an opportunity for players to compete with and against potential future teammates, providing a platform to connect with players from around the world.  “I would have to say that it’s just a huge honor to be a part of the Lightning organization,” said former RoughRiders forward Ross Colton.  “I love getting down there for camp and competing against guys from all over the world to see where I stack up.  Camp was a success and I’m just excited for what the future holds” he added.   Colton’s former teammate, Matt Filipe echoes those sentiments.  “It was a great experience this past week in Carolina,” Filipe said.  “It’s a first-class organization and they did a great job of hosting me and the rest of the prospects.  I was able to meet many new kids and it was great to see some buddies who I hadn’t seen in awhile” the forward added. 

While participating in these camps by no means guarantees a future NHL spot, it helps both the players and the organization get a chance to get to know each other better.  Said returning RoughRiders forward Marc McLaughlin, who is currently skating in Montreal, “It’s been great so far.  There are a lot of great coaches and staff members to learn from so, I’m just trying to take in the whole experience and work hard and hopefully make a good impression here in Montreal.”  Added former RoughRiders forward Hugh McGing, “There’s thousands of NHL games and experience between the staff so it was a great learning experience.  It was also good to see how the professionals handled themselves and how consistent they were on an everyday basis.” 

Below is the full list of current known players with RoughRiders ties participating.  This is not however, a complete list as some teams’ camp rosters have not been released.  This list will be updated as more rosters are being released. 

Toronto–Connor Murphy, Winnipeg–Erik Foley, Chris Dienes, Tampa Bay-Ross Colton, Washington-Stephen Collins, Carolina-Matt Filipe, Ottawa-Nick Master, Vegas-Brendan Harris, Montreal-Marc McLaughlin, Colorado-Ryan Larkin, Pittsburgh-Riley Bourbonnais, Danny Tirone, Freddie Tiffels, Los Angeles-Jack Ahcan, New York Islanders-Hugh McGing, Calgary-Mitch Reinke, Detroit-Graham Slaggert, Anaheim-Scott Moldenhauer, Austin Ortega, Florida-Karch Bachman, Joe Wegwerth, Vancouver-Adam Gaudette, New York Rangers-Andrew Oglevie, John Gilmour, Minnesota-Gerald Mayhew, Edmonton-Mark Auk, Columbus-Justin Wade, Boston-Ian Brady, Dallas-Gavin Bayreuther.  

About the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  Founded in 1999, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the USHL Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Hockey Club.  The Club has assisted hundreds of players in reaching their dreams of playing college hockey as student-athletes, while also having 36 former players drafted into the National Hockey League.

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