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www.caha.com Anaheim Hills’ York motivated to be first-round NHL pick pegged as the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft. Growing up, York played for the Jr. Ducks before moving to Minnesota to play at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school. “I had really good coaches with the Jr. Ducks,” York said. “Craig Johnson and Scott Niedermayer

“It’s changed 100 percent,” said York. “I think when I was first trying to get into it, a lot of people he Western United States is quickly becoming a didn’t want to play because hockey wasn’t that hotbed for producing high-end hockey players. popular. Now, with coaches there like Craig and And not just any old hockey players, but bona fide Scott, they’ve done a really great job of bringing kids NHL prospects. in and developing them. It’s really fun to see. Next month in Vancouver, B.C., three “Guys getting drafted from the West California natives look to be taken in the Coast, it’s fun to see and I think it’s good for NHL Draft in Anaheim Hills’ Cam York, the sport and motivates the next generation Tustin’s Dustin Wolf and Irvine’s Ryan when they see guys like that going through Johnson. all this that they can do it for themselves, York, a longtime Anaheim Jr. Duck, too.” figures to be a first-round choice, while So what would York’s dream team be Wolf, a longtime Los Angeles Jr. King, come draft day? should be a mid-round selection. York “I’d have to say that I’d want to go to skated on the blue line this past season a team that’s in contention just because I with USA Hockey’s National Team hate losing,” York said. “I think a team like Development Program (NTDP), committing that already has great players there, so to NCAA Division I University of Michigan they can hopefully push me to be one of along the way, Wolf was the top goaltender the great ones. Maybe a team like Boston for the Western Hockey League’s Everett or even Anaheim, they have teams with a Silvertips, and Johnson skated on the back lot of great players. For the past five years, end for the United States Hockey League’s I haven’t even been close to my home, so Sioux Falls Stampede after a successful going to any team out that way would be youth career with the Jr. Ducks. Cam York skated the past two seasons for USA Hockey’s NTDP, committing to the unbelievable for me.” When he was initially chosen for the University of Michigan earlier this season as well. Photo/Rena Laverty/USA Hockey’s NTDP Wolf is listed No. 12 among North NTDP some two years ago, York saw it as an amazing are both guys that obviously know the game really American goaltenders; Johnson is 33rd among North accomplishment. well. Just learning from Scott defensively, I just took American skaters. “It was crazy,” said York. “Being from California, little things that he does, and I can always pick his In 61 games during the 2018-19 season, Wolf a lot of people don’t really expect you to be there, brain. Craig is a guy that I worked with on my skills, went 41-15-2-2, including seven shutouts, to but I worked for it and I earned it and it was very like stickhandling and stuff like that. I’ve worked with complement a 1.69 goals-against average and a special. Just looking at guys that have come through him a lot on that area of my game.” .936 save percentage. Johnson played 54 games in this program, guys like Patrick Kane and Auston The landscape of youth hockey in California has Sioux Falls and fashioned six goals and 25 points Matthews, I mean, it was a crazy feeling for me.” grown tremendously, even in just the past few years, while also committing last summer to play D-I hockey York’s NTDP teammate, forward Jack Hughes, is said York. at the University of Minnesota.

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