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California quintet getting job done for USPHL’s Cyclones By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com

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yclones, tornadoes and other storms are well known for taking things from their foundations and moving them somewhere new and unexpected. The Northern Cyclones hockey team does the same, but with hockey players and with much more fortunate outcomes than their meteorological namesake. The Cyclones team in the USPHL Premier division has moved five players from their California foundations and they are now playing huge roles for one of the 51-team league’s best teams, operating out of Hudson, N.H. Brendan Schulte was the first of these Cyclones to make the move east, joining the Cyclones’ 18U program in 2016. The ‘98 Fullerton native was a star player for Servite High School in Anaheim. Schulte has scored 12 goals and 35 points in 28 games for this year’s USPHL Premier Cyclones team. “I heard about all the college commitments coming through the USPHL, and you just want to go and play there,” said Schulte. Schulte has been with the USPHL Premier team for two seasons now, scoring 29 points in 35 games in 2017-18. He gives all the credit to Premier coach Bill Weiand for developing his game to the point that he is getting a lot of NCAA attention. Just ahead of Schulte in the scoring ranks is a second-year Cyclone, Guillaume Bose, who spent both of the last two years with the organization’s Premier

squad. Bose has 13 goals and 39 points in 28 games for the Cyclones. He is a ‘98-born San Jose native. “I found myself out here for NCDC [the USPHL’s top, tuition-free junior division] tryouts, and I met Coach Weiand, and stayed around,” said Bose, a former San Jose Jr. Sharks standout. “I had heard that the Cyclones were very good about placing players in college around

The Northern Cyclones’ USPHL team’s California contingent is comprised of (left to right) Anthony Capraro (Hacienda Heights), Guillaume Bose (San Jose), Weston Goodman (San Jose), Mischa Subotin (San Jose) and Brendan Schulte (Fullerton). Photo/ Stephen Spencer/Action Photography

the East Coast. I love this program. All the coaches and facilities are great.” The Cyclones’ development model took Bose from a player early in 2017-18 that didn’t see a lot of playing time, to the leading scorer and team captain here at the midpoint of 2018-19.

“I definitely feel like I’ve developed a lot,” said Bose, who reached out to his former Sharks 12U and 14U teammate Mischa Subotin (‘98/San Jose) to bring him on board with the Cyclones. Subotin has 11 goals and 15 points in 27 games for the Cyclones. “We switch our lines up a lot here, but Guillaume and I have played on a line together a bit,” Subotin said. “It’s a lot of fun. “I think it’s great to have all these college looks. So many Division III and Division I colleges are here, so we have the opportunity to get looked at consistently.” Anthony Capraro, a ‘99 from Hacienda Heights, is another second-year Cyclone. He came up to Premier this year full-time after a full season last year in the USPHL Elite – the player development platform for most Premier and NCDC programs. “I’m from L.A., and I had a family friend whose son had played for the Cyclones’ Elite team. I got in touch with Bill, he made me an offer, and this was the best option,” said Capraro, who has two assists in 19 Premier games. “I’m trying to keep my composure with how fast the game is.” Weston Goodman is a ‘98 who grew up in L.A., but now lives in San Jose. “I love these [California] guys and it’s a really good time,” said Goodman, a forward with two goals and five points in 23 games. “This summer, I talked with Coach Weiand and we developed a good rapport.”

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TPHA specializing in developing players for next level Continued from Page 15 move on if he wanted to advance his hockey career. A 16-year-old junior who plays goalie for Tahoe’s prep team, he has been playing the sport since he was six years old and has lofty aspirations. Dunnigan said at the end of last year he came to the realization that the time on the road associated with travel hockey became too much. He learned about Tahoe Prep during a summer camp. “I knew I was good enough to play at the higher level, but I didn’t want to drive three hours just to practice,” he said. “I thought it would be cool to move away but still be not that far from home, and at Tahoe Prep I could play out of my comfort zone. My first game, I was extremely nervous. The speed and pace of the game was impressive, but after that first game I settled in. I’ve been getting a lot more shots and that’s good.” That comfort level shows in Dunnigan’s .916 save percentage in the eight games he has played with the prep team this season. He’s hoping the improvement he is making will help him further his hockey career. Dunnigan said he is happy with the exposure he is getting playing for Tahoe and the help from the coaches to make it to the next level. “My end goal is to be pro, but not everyone can make it, so right now I’m focused on making it to a Division I college,” he said. 24

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Austin Chesworth A 17-year-old senior left-winger playing on the academy’s prep team, Chesworth is off to a strong start. In 16 games, he has tallied six goals and nine assists. An Arizona native (Gilbert), he played for the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils before making the transition to Tahoe this season. Even though he sometimes misses the Arizona warmth, Chesworth said living away from home for the first time has been good. “I haven’t really been homesick at all, and it’s a lot of fun,” said Chesworth. “All the guys are great. We’re like one big family.” Chesworth’s mother, Renee, said letting her son leave home a year early to pursue his passion was hard, but she knew it was the right choice. “Tahoe Prep Hockey Academy pitched the whole package, and they have delivered,” she said. “From the academic support to the hockey development, they truly care about these boys. Just seeing Austin’s skill level and his improvement, the finesse and the speed, it’s been so much fun to watch, and he’s happy. It’s quite the life experience. He’s getting to do what he loves every day, and that’s what we wish for our children - for them to get the chance to work at what they love.” Austin Chesworth said not only is the level of play different but so is the team atmosphere. “The game is faster and the skill level is higher, but everyone on my team is going 100 percent, and our coaches are the best I’ve ever had,” Chesworth said. “I

also love working out with the trainers. That aspect has been great.” Tyler Pierce Spending his first year with TPHA after moving from Arvada, Colo., and the Hyland Hills Jaguars AA team, Pierce is thriving. The 16-year-old sophomore left wing has been a significant contributor to the prep team. The academic support, weight training, time on the ice, and personal development model offered at Tahoe Prep were all strong selling points for him. “My biggest goal is to play Division I college hockey and keep moving up the ranks as high as I can go,” Pierce said. “That requires a strong grade-point average as well as hockey skills. I feel that now, with the support I’m getting, I can keep moving up the ranks.” Beyond the improvement that can be measured on the ice and in the training center, the academy has also given Pierce some noticeable maturity lessons. “The dorms are super nice and really comfortable, and the resident assistants are awesome,” he said. “Living away from home, it’s helped me a ton. I did things at home before, but now I realize that I need to take responsibility and do my job – pick up after myself, wash my clothes.” Pierce said he is settling into this next level of hockey as well. “The speed, the size, the passing and hitting were all up a level,” he explained. “It’s been a different environment. You know you have to perform. The Tahoe coaches all have something to bring, our practices are so skilled, and it’s about each player’s personal development. I can see the hard work paying off.”

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