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 email@example.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)