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  • Three area players drafted into junior leagues

    Wed, June 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    @ Dan Hickling

    @ Dan Hickling

    Three players with area connections were selected in recent junior hockey league drafts.

    Coronado High School graduate and Colorado Rampage U18 forward Jacob Gerson was selected 126th overall (sixth round) by the Kenai River (Alaska) Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League on Tuesday.

    Colorado College commit A.J. Vanderbeck, pictured, was selected 41st overall (third round) by Des Moines of the U.S. Hockey League last month. The Lewis-Palmer High School student is the first Rampage U16 player to commit to the Tigers.

    Monument’s Keegan Mantaro of the Colorado Thunderbirds was selected 194th overall by the USHL’s Dubuque Saints.

    Being drafted means a berth in the team’s summer training camp and a chance to make the roster. I will do a later post on tender contracts.

    Several with Colorado ties — please email me at joe.paisley@gazette.com if I missed anyone with a Colorado Springs connection — were also selected in one or both drafts as listed below:.


    No. 2, Caleb Pola, Broomfield, F, Brookings Blizzard, Colorado Thunderbirds

    No. 14, Nate Werhane, hometown unlisted, D, Bismarck Bobcats, Rocky Mountain Roughriders

    No. 18, Gavin Paczosa, hometown unlisted, G, Aberdeen Wings, Roughriders

    No. 27, Jack Suter, Omaha, Neb., F, Amarillo Bulls, Colorado Rampage

    No. 84, Logan Fauber, Niwot, D, Wenatchee Wild, Thunderbirds

    No. 126, Jacob Gerson, F, Colorado Springs, F, Kenai River Brown Bears, Rampage

    No. 146, Bo Hanson, Boise, D, Wild, Rampage

    No. 147, Austin Shaw, Highlands Ranch, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats, Roughriders

    No. 162, Anthony Song, Ames, Iowa, F, Bobcats, Thunderbirds

    No. 185, CJ Dodero, Highlands Ranch, LW, Wildcats, Thunderbirds


    No. 25, Hanson, Muskegon Lunberjacks

    No. 29 Brian Hawkinson, Aurora, RW, Tri-City Storm, Thunderbirds

    No. 34, Cam Spicer, Erie, RD, Storm, New Hampshire Monarchs

    No. 41, A.J. Vanderbeck,  California, F, Des Moines Buccaneers, Rampage

    No. 46, Callan Foote, Englewood, RD, Omaha Lancers, Thunderbirds (Adam Foote’s son)

    No. 47, Fauber, Storm

    No. 72, Carson Briske, Anchorage, LD, Bloomington Thunder, Rampage

    No. 84, Nate Colwell, Denver, C, Kenai River

    No. 112, Shaw, Lancers

    No. 115, Cody Christofferson, Longmont, G, Cedar Rapids Roughriders, RM Roughriders

    No. 126, Jack Doremus, Aspen, F, Chicago Steel, Thunderbirds

    No. 165, Dodero, Sioux City Musketeers

    No.  194, Keegan Mantaro, Monument, LD, Dubuque Saints, Thunderbirds

    No. 207, Alex Bates, Lone Tree, RD, Madison Capitals, Thunderbirds

    No. 221, Jaocb Weatherly, Castle Rock, Capitals, Rampage

    No. 248, Daniel Billett, Highlands Ranch, Fargo Force, Aberdeen Wings

    No. 338, Adam Durkee, Lafayette, C, Saints, Fort McMurray (Alberta)