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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Brian Hart, Phillips Exeter Academy

by Ken McKenna
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Photo: New England prep school star Brian Hart excelled at both hockey and soccer for Phillips Exeter Academy (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Being good at one sport is difficult enough, but excelling at two sports while maintaining a solid academic record is a feat rarely achieved by younger athletes.  But that is what Phillips Exeter Academy star Brian Hart accomplished during the 2011-12 school year, which has the Cumberland, Maine native looking at a very bright future.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting

by Ken McKenna
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Alex Galchenyuk - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Center Alex Galchenyuk of the OHL's Sarnia Sting could be a hot commodity at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of OHL Images)

 

If there is a true “wild card” prospect for the forthcoming 2012 NHL Draft, that player would have to be center Alex Galchenyuk of the OHL's Sarnia Sting.  Galchenyuk has been been rated anywhere from first overall to the mid-teen's by various scouting services, so it is anyone's guess right now where the talented forward will land in the pecking order.

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The 2012 NHL Combine and how it may influence the NHL Draft

by Leslie Treff
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The 2012 NHL Combine Tests

Photo: The NHL Combine has long been an important event leading up to the Draft. This year it was particularly important as many of the top eligible prospects had their seasons cut short by injury. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Last week, the National Hockey League engaged in its annual ritual of interviewing, testing, and examining the top players eligible for the 2012 Entry Draft. The 105 prospects that attended the Combine were poked, prodded and questioned, as well as given psychological tests. The difference this year is that there were many more second-year eligible prospects in attendance, and maybe more importantly, many draft eligible prospects had endured injury shortened seasons, which resulted in different concerns on the part of the NHL teams.

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Video: 2012 NHL Combine – Anthony Stolarz, Corpus Christi IceRays

by Ken McKenna
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Anthony Stolarz - Corpus Christi

Photo: One of the sleepers of the 2012 NHL Draft is goaltender Anthony Stolarz, who starred in the NAHL during the 2011-12 season (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Competing in the North American Hockey League may not necessarily be the best career move for a player with aspirations of eventually playing the pro game at the highest level.  But 2012 prospect Anthony Stolarz took that route in the 2011-12 season, and so far it is working out better than he had hoped.

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