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With NHL Draft in sight, Stolarz adds to accomplishments

June 21, 2012

Boosted by a great performance at the 2012 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, Anthony Stolarz could hear his name called in the early rounds of this weekend's NHL Entry Draft.

The accomplishment list for Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Anthony Stolarz keeps getting bigger each week.  The North American Hockey League (NAHL) goaltender can now add a new accomplishment to that list after being invited to the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.  Earlier this past season, the rookie committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

This announcement comes on the heels of Stolarz recently attending the NHL Combine in Toronto where he performed and ranked high in several categories.  He will also travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this upcoming weekend to take part in the 2012 NHL Draft.  Round 1 of the Draft is Friday, Rounds 2-7 is on Saturday.  The NAHL will be at the NHL Draft following Stolarz exclusively on 

Stolarz goes into the NHL Draft as the #4 ranked goalie in North American in the final NHL Central Scouting Rankings. 

Video:  See the NHL’s video feature on Stolarz heading into the draft

This past season while playing in the NAHL for the IceRays, Stolarz posted a 92.0% save percentage and a goals against average of 2.84.  He also was named by the NAHL to the 18U NAHL Selects team that played in the 2012 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament this past February in Troy, Michigan.

Video:  NAHL TV sat down with Stolarz  while at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament about his time in Corpus Christi and his thoughts on the NHL Draft.

The evaluation camp will take place in August in Lake Placid, New York.  The players that are attending will be showcasing their skills for a chance to be on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

“Being selected to the National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid is such an honor,” said Stolarz.  “I will have the opportunity to represent my country and hopefully get to play for Team USA this winter in Russia.  I would like to thank the IceRays for giving me the chance to excel and the Corpus Christi community for supporting me during my time as an IceRay and playing in the NAHL.”

Several activities will take place inside Lake Placid's Olympic Center from Aug. 4-11, includes practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international games against both Sweden and Finland.  The full list of players invited can be seen by clicking here.

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