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San Jose Sharks 2011 Young Stars Tournament Roster

Photo courtesy of Sharks.nhl.com

On Sept. 6, the San Jose Sharks revealed their roster that will participate in the organization’s second consecutive Young Stars Tournament.

Featuring prospect teams from the Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, the tournament will be held in Penticton, B.C. from Sept. 11 -15. 

At last year’s tournament, the Sharks finished with a 2-1 record in three games.  Forward Michael Sgarbossa finished as the tournament’s second leading scorer with four points {hat trick against the Oilers and one assist} in two games and forward Benn Ferriero finish tied for third among all scorers by registering three assists in two games.

The Sharks will be in action on Sept. 11 against the Flames at 7:30 p.m.;  Sept. 12 against the Jets at 4:00 p.m.;  Sept. 14 against the Canucks at 4:00 p.m.

{** Denotes prospect played for the Sharks in last year’s tournament}

FORWARDS

#90  Joe Antilla
{6-1, 220, L, 1/17/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists in 72 games played with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes

#89  Trevor Cheek
{6-2, 210, L, 12/29/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists in 57 games played with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL to go along with 37 penalty minutes.

#48  Mike Connolly
{5-9, 180, L, 7/3/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 54 points on 28 goals and 26 assists in 42 games played with the Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs of the WCHA to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#85  Curt Gogol** 
{6-0, 185, L, 9/21/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists in 47 games played with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL to go along with 142 penalty minutes.  Registered 2 points on one goal and one assist in 15 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#75  Freddie Hamilton** 
{6-1, 190, R, 1/1/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 83 points on 38 goals and 45 assists in 68 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

#87  Charles Inglis
{5-11, 180, L, 5/7/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 60 points on 32 goals and 28 assists in 69 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 141 penalty minutes.

#63  James Livingston
{6-1, 210, R, 3/8/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists in 62 games played with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#38  Tony Lucia** 
{6-0, 190, L, 8/23/87}

2010-11 season:  Registered zero points in two games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.  Missed final 78 games of the season with concussion symptoms.

#45 – James Marcou** 
{5-8, 165, R, 2/19/88}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 4 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#84  Nathan Moon
{5-11, 200, R, 1/4/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 74 points on 32 goals and 42 assists in 65 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 89 penalty minutes.

#56  Brodie Reid
{6-1, 195, R, 9/25/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 37 games played with the Northeastern Huskies of the Hockey East College Conference to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#76  Michael Sgarbossa** 
{5-11, 170, L, 7/25/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 62 points on 29 goals and 33 assists in 37 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 53 penalty minutes.  Registered 20 points on 7 goals and 13 assists in 26 games played with the Saginaw Spirit to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

#82  Ben Thomson
{6-4, 205, L, 1/16/93}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 6 goals and 13 assists in 68 games played with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL to go along with 107 penalty minutes.

#70  Scooter Vaughan
{6-0, 195, R, 4/8/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in 44 games played with the Michigan Wolverines of the CCHA to go along with 45 penalty minutes.

#58  Marek Viedensky** 
{6-4, 210, R, 8/18/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 88 points on 36 goals and 52 assists in 63 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#50  Dylan Wruck
{5-8, 165, L, 9/23/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 78 points on 38 goals and 40 assists in 71 games played with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL to go along with 44 penalty minutes.

DEFENSE

#51  Konrad Abeltshauser** 
{6-5, 215, L, 9/2/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 8 goals and 19 assists in 58 games played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL to go along with 47 penalty minutes.

#62  Sena Acolatse
{5-11, 205, R, 11/28/90}


2010-11 season:  Registered 63 points on 15 goals and 48 assists in 66 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 128 penalty minutes.  Appeared in one game for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#46  Zach Bell
{6-1, 215, R, 2/13/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 3 goals and 9 assists in 63 games played with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.

#79  Antoine Corbin
{6-2, 195, R, 6/18/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 6 goals and 19 assists in 45 games played with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL to go along with 81 penalty minutes.  Registered 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games played with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL to go along with 23 penalty minutes.

#74  Dylan DeMelo
{6-0, 195, R, 5/1/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 3 goals and 24 assists in 67 games played with the Mississauga St. Michael’s  Majors of the OHL to go along with 70 penalty minutes.

#77  Taylor Doherty** 
{6-7, 230, R, 3/2/91}


2010-11 season:  Registered 53 points on 14 goals and 39 assists in 68 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.  Appeared in three games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#59  Justin Sefton
{6-3, 215, R, 4/14/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists in 66 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 124 penalty minutes.

#49  William Wrenn
{6-1, 205, R, 3/16/91}


2010-11 seasonRegistered 13 points on 2 goals and 11 assists in 29 games played with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL to go along with 17 penalty minutes.  Registered 1 assist in 18 games played at the University of Denver to go along with 2 penalty minutes.

GOALIES

#36  J.P. Anderson** 
{5-11, 190, R, 4/27/92}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 38-10-1 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average in 51 games played for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL to go along with 6 shutouts.

#33  Thomas Heemskerk** 
{6-0, 195, R, 4/11/90}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average in 65 games played for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL to go along with 2 shutouts.

#35  Harri Sateri
{6-1, 210, L, 12/29/89}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 9-19-8 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average in 37 games played for Taparra Jr in Finland to go along with 2 shutouts.  Posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against average in 7 games played played for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

*Photos and information courtesy of www.sharksahl.com, sharks.nhl.com, www.denverpioneers.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.londonjuniorknights.com, www.whl.ca, www.tri-cityherald.com, jets.nhl.com, penguins.nhl.com, theswhl.com, mgoblue.com, hockeyeastonline.com, whl.simhl.net, islanders.nhl.com, fox21online.com, hfboards.com for this post entry.*

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“One-on-One” with San Jose Sharks prospect James Livingston

Photo courtesy of James Livingston's Twitter profile @JamesLivy

Before I begin, I would like to thank James Livingston for answering all these questions via Facebook messaging.  Be sure to follow him on Twitter @JamesLivy and check out his “Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile post by clicking HERE.

Did you have a moment when you knew you wanted to be a professional hockey player?
“I can’t remember any particular moment.  My parents had me in hockey at a young age and I’ve dreamed of playing in the NHL ever since.”

What did you enjoy the most about playing in Sault Ste. Marie and what do you miss from there?
“Playing in the Sault is a dedicated hockey city and the atmosphere at the rink every night was electric.  I was lucky to have great teammates, coaches and land parents.”

What did you enjoy about playing in Plymouth for the last season-and-a-half?
“I matured as a player in Plymouth and I think my game became more complete.  I enjoyed more success especially in the second season there.  I was also lucky in Plymouth like in the Sault to have been surrounded by great people in the organization and community.”

When you got the news the Sharks were signing you to an entry-level contract this spring, what went through your mind?  Were the Sharks one of the teams you talked with at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft?
“I was speechless.  I knew there was interest from a few teams but when the Sharks offered me a contract and I had heard so many good things about the organization I was very excited to be on-board.  The 2008 draft was such a nervous and exciting time for me I can’t remember if I had spoken with them.”

Were you a Sharks fan growing up and if so, who was your favorite Sharks player?
“Being born and raised in the eastern conference side of Canada I didn’t see as much of the Sharks games as I would have liked.  However, I remember for Christmas one year my brother John and I got hockey jerseys and his was a Sharks jersey.  My parents found it and sent me a picture of this jersey in March after I signed.”

How much did you learn at Sharks Development Camp last month?
“It was a great chance to work on the small detailed parts of the game that can sometimes be neglected, as well as getting a brief overview of some of the systems the Sharks use.  I learned a ton.”

What did you mean when you tweeted “got knocked down a few pegs for sure” at Sharks Camp?
“Haha…I was humbled by the talent of the guys at camp!”

What was the military training on the last day of camp that you and Sena Acolatse mentioned on Twitter?
“We got a chance to do some military training and team building exercises.  They were a great workout and a lot of fun.”

What has been the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“Don’t get bitter, get better.”

What is your favorite type of music to listen to?  Any favorite artists, groups or bands?
“I like all types of music.  John Mayer to relax to, or Drake to get pumped up.”

I read you like to sing.  Had hockey not worked out, would you be auditioning for American Idol or America’s Got Talent?
“I can’t handle long lines.”

Did you get a chance to play as yourself in EA Sports’ NHL11 video game?
“I did a couple of times.  I still can’t believe I’m in a video game.”

What would you like to see improved upon for your cyber character in NHL12?
“I think I remember looking a little pale out there.”

What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
“I’m strong on the pucks in the corners and solid defensively.  I need to keep getting quicker.”

What can Sharks fans expect when the day comes you take the ice at HP Pavilion?
“High energy and hard work, get the puck in their zone and finish checks!”

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – James Livingston

Photo courtesy of Alex Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On March 11, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced the team had signed unrestricted free agent forward James Livingston of the Ontario Hockey League’s {OHL} Plymouth Whalers to an entry-level contract.

“We are excited about James joining the San Jose Sharks organization,” said Wilson in a press release on the Sharks website.  “He is a big winger who is not afraid to go to the tough areas to score goals, but is also very responsible defensively.  We are looking forward to watching him develop in our system.”

Described by hockeysfuture.com as “a big winger who knows how to crash the opposition’s net, is difficult to move when there, and an excellent forechecker who knows how to finish his checks,” Livingston was selected in the first round {fifith overall} of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie {Soo} Greyhounds.

In his rookie OHL season, 2006-07, Livingston registered seven points on two goals and five assists to go along with 95 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games played.  In the Greyhounds’ 13 playoff games, Livingston registered one point on one goal to go along with 15 penalty minutes.

Viewing his rookie season as a learning experience, Livingston worked hard over the summer and returned to the Greyhounds for the 2007-08 season a year older and a year wiser.

In the Greyhounds first three games of the 2007-08 season, Livingston registered six points on four goals and two assists.  For the season, Livingston registered 44 points on 21 goals and 23 assists to go along with 135 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games played.

“He’s going to the net harder and he’s more determined,” said then Greyhounds head coach Craig Hartsburg in an interview with Peter Ruicci for a 2007 Sault Star article.  “James is stronger and he’s getting into the areas in front of the net where he can find those pucks.  We just have to remind him how he’s going to score – by going to the net and finding the rebounds.”

Playing on a line with veterans Matt Lyall and Brandon MacLean, the trio provided a relentless forecheck to go along with their scoring touch {All three were 20-goal scorers} in leading the Greyhounds to their best regular season record since 1985, finishing with a record of 44-18-2-4.

In addition, the Greyhounds enjoyed their longest playoff run since 1994 as they reached the conference finals before being eliminated by the Kitchener Rangers in five games.  In the Greyhounds’ 14 playoff games, Livingston registered five points on two goals and three assists to go along with 14 penalty minutes.

While the Greyhounds fell short of achieving their team goal in winning the OHL Championship and going on to the Memorial Cup tournament, Livingston achieved a personal goal that summer as he was drafted in the third round {70th overall} of the 2008 National Hockey League {NHL} Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

18-years-old at the time he was drafted, Livingston was shooting hoops in front of his Newmarket, Ont., home, when he was informed by Greyhounds teammate Andrew Campbell he had been drafted with the following text message:  “Congratulations, buddy.”

Putting the basketball down, Livingston went into the house as his agent, Darren Ferris, was on the telephone and his parents saw the family name pop up online, where they’d been monitoring the draft.

“I woke up at 9 a.m. and was planning on going to the gym,” said Livingston in an interview with Ruicci for a 2008 Sault Marie article.”  But curiosity just crept up on me.  Midway through the second round, I tried to take a little nap but I didn’t really sleep.”

After attending the Blues’ Rookie Development Camp that summer, Livingston returned to the Greyhounds for the 2008-09 season.  That season saw major changes in “The Soo” as assistant coach Denny Lambert was promoted to head coach after coach Hartsburg left to become head coach of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.  In addition, assistant coach Zoltan  “Toots” Kovacs left the team as well, and was replaced by Mike Stapleton and Nick Warriner.

The Greyhounds missed the OHL Playoffs that season for the first time since 2004 and were the worst team in the league, finishing with a record of 19-45-2-2.  Livingston though, had a solid season as he registered 37 points on 20 goals and 17 assists in 66 games played to go along with 98 penalty minutes.

Named an alternate captain for the 2009-10 season as the result of being a solid and reliable two-way player who put his team first, Livingston entered the season with aspirations of earning a professional contract with the Blues and to help lead the Greyhounds to a successful season.

Despite being a fan favorite and a team leader, higher-ups in the Greyhounds organization felt Livingston had failed to reach the expectatons they envisioned for him when they drafted him fifth overall in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection due to Livingston not playing in an All-Star game and only scoring 43 goals in three seasons.

After an early season game in Peterborough, coach Lambert, along with Ferris, had a serious conversation with Livingston that Livingston described as “tough love” and was presented with two simple points to follow in order to take his game up a level:  Control the area six feet from the boards and in on his side of the ice, and always go to the net hard in the offensive zone.

“I’ve been giving him a lot of attention because he’s capable of doing more,” said coach Lambert in an interview with Ruicci for a 2009 Sault Star article.  “At times last season, he tired to be too cute.  But when he simplifies his game, when he plays like a power forward, driving the net, looking for rebounds, being strong on the puck and cycling out of the corner, he scores more.”

Always looking to improve all aspects of his game and wanting to score 30 goals in his fourth OHL season, Livingston implemented the advice into his game and registered 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists to go along with 47 penalty minutes in 36 games played before being traded at the trade deadline to the Whalers for 18-year-old forward Myles McCauley.

“He is a power forward that plays hard at both ends of the ice and will contribute offensively for us,” said Whalers Associate Coach Joe Stefan of Livingston in an interview with Pete Krupsky for a 2010 Whales Tales article. 

In 24 games played with the Whalers following the trade, Livingston registered nine points on three goals and six assists to go along with 57 penalty minutes.  In the Whalers nine playoff games, Livingston registered two points on one goal and an assist to go along with six penalty minutes.

That off-season, Livingston was informed by the Blues organization he wasn’t being signed to a professional contract and was now a free agent.

“It was discouraging not to be singed by St. Louis,” said Livingston in an interview with Krupsky for a March 15 Whales Tales article.  “But I know I didn’t have the type of year I needed last season to be signed so it wasn’t a huge surprise.”

That summer, Livingston attended the Edmonton Oilers 2010 Rookie Development Camp and was invited to their main Training Camp on Sept. 17.  On Sept. 20, Livingston was released from Oilers Camp and assigned to the camp of the Oilers’ American Hockey League {AHL} affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, on a tryout basis.

After being released from his tryout with the Barons, Livingston returned to the Whalers for the 2010-11 season as an OHL overager and determined to make an NHL team take notice of him.  Serving as an alternate captain for the Whalers, Livingston registered career highs in points {50}, goals {22} and assists {28} to go along with a career low 52 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games played.  In the Whalers 11 playoff games, Livingston registered five points on four goals and one assist to go along with eight penalty minutes.

“I worked hard last summer and I wanted to play as hard as I could,” said Livingston in Krupsky’s March article.  “And I didn’t feel the pressure I did the year before.  I’ve just tried to go to the net hard, keep my feet moving and keep working.”

Livingston’s hard work was rewarded in March when the Sharks asked for a meeting with Ferris and shortly thereafter, signed Livingston to a tw0-way {NHL/AHL}, three-year, entry-level contract.

“I’m thrilled,” said Livingston in Krupsky’s March article.  “When you keep working at it, good things happen.  I’m extremely excited and now I’m another step closer to my dream, which is to play in the NHL.”

HIGHLIGHTS

James Livingston 2008 NHL Entry Draft Scouting Profile  {Courtesy of YouTube user “NHLVideo”}

James Livingston at St. Louis Blues 2009 Rookie Camp  {Courtesy of YouTube user “djm448”}
In this video clip, Livingston lights the lamp in a scrimmage at the St. Louis Blues’ 2009 Rookie Development Camp held at the IceZone inside the St. Louis Mills Mall.

James Livingston scores against Guelph Storm  {Courtesy of YouTube user “GuelphStormVideo”}
In this video clip, Livingston scores a goal in a Nov. 30, 2008, game against the Guelph Storm.  Livingston’s goal begins at the 0:58 mark of the video clip.

James Livingston vs. Chris Chappell  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Livingston scraps with Chappell of the Saginaw Spirit in a Jan. 25, 2009, game.

James Livingston vs. Kyle Flemington  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Livingston scraps with Flemington of the Sarnia Sting in a Feb. 13, 2010 game.

James Livingston scores against Saginaw Spirit  {Courtesy of YouTube user “SpiritVideoClip”}
In this video clip, Livingston scores the game tying goal against the Sting in a Jan. 17, 2011 game.  The Whalers went on to win the game, 4-3, and Livingston’s goal beings at the 2:35 mark of the video clip.

James Livingston scores against Saginaw Spirit  {Courtesy of YouTube user “SpiritVideoClip”}
In this video clip, Livingston scores on a laser of a shot against the Sting in a March 1, 2011 game.  The goal tied the game at 1-1 and the Whalers went on to win the game 4-1.  Livingston’s goal starts at the 0:25 mark of the video clip.

James Livingston scores against Saginaw Spirit  {Courtesy of YouTube user “SpiritVideoClip”}
In this video clip, Livingston scores a goal to help rally the Whalers from a 4-1 deficit in a March 4, 2011, game against the Spirit.  Despite battling back to tie the game at 4-4 in the third period, the Whalers would surrender a goal in the final minutes of the game for a heartbreaking 5-4 loss.  Livingston’s goal begins at the 2:30 mark of the video clip.

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, blog.mlive.com/whaletales, www.hockeydb.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.wikipedia.com, www.saultstar.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Sean Kuraly

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On the second day of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks traded their fourth round pick {119th overall} to the Winnipeg Jets for their fourth round {133rd overall} and seventh round {194th overall} picks.  With the 133rd pick, the Sharks selected forward Sean Kuraly {@Kurals7} of the United States Hockey League‘s {USHL} Indiana Ice.

“I try to model my game after someone like {Nashville Predators centre} Mike Fisher,” said Kuraly in an interview with Neate Sager for a June 17 Yahoo Sports article.  “I watch him and I like the way he plays both ends of the ice – hard, physical and a character guy.”

Originally from Lewiston N.Y., Kuraly was raised in Dublin, OH, where he developed his hockey skills by playing against some of the top competition nationally and internationally in the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program, which was founded in 2004 by Program Coordinator Ed Gingher.

A 15th round {283rd overall} selection by the Plymouth Whalers in the 2009 Ontario Hockey League {OHL} Priority Selection, Kuraly led the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA U-18 team in scoring for the 2009-10 season by registering 78 points on 31 goals and 47 assists in only 48 games played.

In addition, Kuraly enjoyed two call-ups with the Ice where he registered three points on one goal and two assists in five games played.  Kuraly also played in four games with USA’s National Team Development Program {USNTDP} U-17 squad, registering three points at the Vlad Dzurilla Tournament in Slovakia.

On May 26, 2010, the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA website announced that Kuraly verbally committed to play for the Miami {Ohio} Redhawks, where his father, Rick, played from 1979-83 and holds the records for most career goals {101}, power play goals {36} and most goals in a game {five}.

“Sean’s dad {Rick} is the all-time goal scoring leader here at Miami so he is the first alum’s son to come back and play for us and we are really looking forward to him joining us,” said Redhawks head coach Enrico Blasi in a Nov. 11, 2010 interview with the Redhawks website.  “He’s big, he’s strong, he can skate, and does a little bit of everything.  He can score goals, he can make plays and he can play a power forward role if he wants to.  He is really going to fit in nicely.”

Added Gingher on the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA website, “Sean is a tremendous player and it is very exciting to see him accept a scholarship to play at Miami University, a place where his dad {Rick} played.  Sean is the hardest practicing player I have ever coached and his success is a testament to his hard work.  We are very proud of him.”

Kuraly though, is in no hurry to make the jump from the USHL to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association {CCHA} as he will be returning to the Ice to further polish his hockey skills.

“I want the offensive side of my game to be more fine-tuned before I go to college,” said Kuraly in the Sager article.  “I’m looking forward to a big year next year with Indiana and I can’t wait to get back to that team.”

This past season, Kuraly’s first in the USHL, Kuraly registered 29 points for the Ice on eight goals, four of which were shorthanded {league leading} , and 21 assists to go along with 45 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games played.  In the Ice’s five playoff games, Kuraly registered two points on one goal and one assist.

“It was a good season,” said Kuraly in the Sager article.  “I had a lot of fun there.  Obviously, it started off a bit slow after moving away from home and being in a new league with a lot of older guys.  I pulled it together and at the end of the year I played a lot closer to where I wanted to.  I’m excited for next year and what it holds for me.”

Prior to the start of his first USHL season, Kuraly was selected for the U.S. U-18 Select Team in Aug. 2010 and played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where he scored a goal and helped lead Team USA to a silver medal.

While Kuraly has enjoyed playing most of his hockey career close to home in the midwest, Kuraly is open to a cross country move to the west coast once his tenure at Miami {Ohio} University is complete.

“I’ve been to California a couple of times, but it could be a pretty cool change, and maybe I’ll even like it more,” said Kuraly in a June 28 interview for an article on the Indiana Ice website.  “They’ve clearly got something special going there, with making the a playoff run every year and going deep, and I hope I get a chance to one day put on that jersey.”

When the day comes that Kuraly does bring his talents to the Sharks, he will also be bringing several assets along with him.

“I’d say a little bit of character and leadership in the locker room, that’s definitely something I bring,” said Kuraly in the Sager article.  “A pretty dynamic skill set, hopefully – a solid two-way centreman who can put some pucks in the back of the net and help the team win.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Sean Kuraly USHL Highlight Video  {Courtesy of YouTube user “USHLInteractive”}

Sean Kuraly interview with Blue Jackets website  {Courtesy of YouTube user “BlueJacketsNHL”}

Sean Kuraly post draft interview  {Courtesy of YouTube user “USHLinteractive”}

*Videos and information were used from sports.yahoo.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, bluejackets.nhl.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.indianaice.com, www.wikipedia.com, leagueathletics.com, www.redskinwarriors.com, sharks.nhl.com ,www.muredhawks.com, and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*