Hockey season is just around the corner. Last weekend the 67’s held their annual training camp welcoming players back to the nation’s capital and inviting its young prospects. The team has already played three preseason games (going undefeated to boot!) and now it is time for the older boys to head off to NHL rookie camps.
The current rendition of the Ottawa 67’s boasts five drafted players who will be heading out to various spots in the United States for camp but on top of that, another 5 players have been invited, doubling the total number of guys getting the call from the big clubs to 10. They are as follows:
Sasha Chmelevski – San Jose Sharks – The former 6th round draft pick has done nothing but impress the Sharks organization since hearing his name called in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL draft. Sasha earned himself a professional contract following the conclusion of last year’s 67’s season. He spent time with the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL – including a brief playoff stint.
Noel Hoefenmayer – Arizona Coyotes – The spark plug of the 67’s defensive core, Hoefenmayer was a foruth round pick of the Coyotes in 2017 and is still searching for his first professional contract.
Kody Clark – Washington Capitals – The highest drafted 67 since Travis Konecny went 24th overall in 2015, Clark enters rookie camp after being drafted in the second round by the defending champs.
Kevin Bahl – Arizona Coyotes – The 6’6″ defenseman enters the Arizona Coyotes camp after being taken 55th overall by the same team as his teammate, Noel Hoefenmayer.
Mitch Hoelscher – New Jersey Devils – Coming into last year, Hoelscher was coming off a season where he’d played Junior B for the Elmira Sugar Kings as well as brief stints with the 67’s. He wasn’t on anybody draft boards but by the end of the year, especially after an impressive back half of the year, Hoelscher left no doubt as to whether he should be drafted. New Jersey selected him in the sixth round and he will be heading back to jersey for rookie camp.
Hudson Wilson – Arizona Coyotes – When the Coyotes were hearing checking up on Noel Hoefenmayer and scouting Kevin Bahl, another player caught their eye. Hudson Wilson stood out to the Coyotes last season, enough to get invited to the team’s development camp. Wilson impressed enough to receive the invitation back for the team’s rookie camp.
Carter Robertson – Pittsburgh Penguins – Projected to be drafted last spring, Robertson fell and went undrafted. The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped at the opportunity to have that quality of player as an undrafted invitee. Carter impressed the team enough and is back in the Steel City for rookie camp.
Merrick Rippon – Calgary Flames – Another undrafted member of the Barber Poles, Rippon got invited to Flames development camp, scoring a goal in the intersquad game. Rippon will be heading back out west, the only 67 attending a camp north of the boarder.
Sam Bitten – Minnesota Wild – Heading to the state of hockey, Sam will be returning to play with the Wild after spending time at the team’s development camp in the spring.
Shaw Boomhower – Chicago Blackhawks – 67’s overager Shaw Boomhower got the invite to his second NHL camp. Boomhower previously spent time with the Dallas Stars. This time, Shaw will be heading to the Windy City for camp.
When these boys return from NHL camp, they will bring even more experience to the 67’s. Nearly half of our team have impressed enough to get the call from NHL teams to attend their rookie camp. We can’t wait to see what they’ve learned when they’re back with the Barber Poles.