Maine Hockey Journal

Three players invited to the U-17 Atlantic camp

Saint John, NB– Three players with Maine ties have been invited to to attend the 2009 Team Atlantic Under 17 Summer Evaluation Camp, which will be held from July 19-24 at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Lewiston Maineiacs’ 2009 second round draft pick, goaltender Jordan Kennedy, and fourth round defenseman, Stephen Woodworth represent the Maineiacs organization. Darcy Ashley, a 2011 Maine recruit, is the third player invited with ties to the Pine Tree State. This is the first step in the selection process for the World Under-17 Challenge which will be held in Timmons, Ontario from December 29, 2009 to January 4, 2010

“It feels really good to be accepted to tryout, exciting and I’m a little nervous,” says Jordan Kennedy.

The 6′3 netminder, had a 3.91 goals-against-average with the Cape Breton Tradesman of the Nova Scotia Major Midget League last season. Kennedy has experience playing for Nova Scotia in years past.

“I knew I had a pretty good chance being invited because I played for the Under 15’s and 16’s for team Nova Scotia. We won both years and I got MVP both championship games.”

Stephen Woodworth had two goals and five assists in 25 games with the Valley Wildcats of the Nova Scotia Major Midget League. .

“I am excited to participate in the U-17 camp, it should be very competitive and the speed will hopefully prepare myself for Lewiston,” Stephen Woodworth.

Darcy Ashley, unlike Kennedy and Woodworth, went un-drafted in the QMJHL Midget Draft this past June, due to his commitment to Maine. In 35 games with the Cornwall Superior Thunder, he had 25 goals and 35 assists. This isn’t a mini-vacation for Ashley.

“It feels great to be invited but I want more than to be invited to the tryouts in Acadia, I want to be in Timmins at Christmas,” Ashley mentioned. “It will be like a high level hockey school with the best 93’s in Atlantic Canada. A great coaching staff that (will) lead (to) awesome practices.”

Kennedy and Woodworth also say making the team is a goal for this upcoming season.

“Making the U-17 team and winning is a huge would be a huge goal for me,” says Kennedy.

“I feel that making the U-17 team would not only be a great honor but a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Woodworth says.

All three players believe the experience will help them get ready for the upcoming season.

“As far as my personal goal setting goes I am only focused on one thing and one thing only and that is making the Lewiston Maineiacs,” Woodworth says.

“This camp will most likely give me a pretty good idea on the skill level and the speed of the game at this level,” says Kennedy. “My other goals are making the Lewiston Maineiacs, and having a god season. Starting goaltender for Lewiston would be great also, I’m just going to have work hard and play to my ability and hopefully it will pay off.”

“I want to get better, to make me better in order to play in Summerside,” Ashley says.

For Ashley, he will be on the ice all summer long.

“I am going to continue to work out with Kris Macphee, go on the ice 3 times a week in the evening and be on the ice daily, working at a hockey school.”

Kennedy and and Woodworth have been in contact with the Maineiacs’ management this summer.

“My father has been talking to them and they want me to go to the UNB (University of New Brunswick) Elite camp for some ice time,” Kennedy said.

“I talked to coach MacAdam in Fredericton recently, and he advised that I work on my gap control, which has become very important in today’s game and how it is played,” Woodworth mentions.

In all 68 players have been invited to the camp including Brent Andrews who had a scholarship opportunity with Maine before signing with the Halifax Mooseheads.

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