Stolarz ready for drive to Memorial Cup after seeing first NHL action

by Jason Menard
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Anthony Stolarz - Team USA

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz, shown here competing at the 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY, had a sampling of NHL preseason action before returning to the OHL’s London Knights for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Netminder Anthony Stolarz got a taste of “The Show”. And, while he was wearing a new uniform, he had the benefit of playing in familiar surroundings as the Philadelphia Flyers played the Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition game hosted at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON — a venue that’s also home to Stolarz’s OHL squad, the London Knights.

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Video: 2013 Five Nations – Tory Dello, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Tory Dello - Team USA

Photo: Tri-City Storm defenseman and 2015 prospect Tory Dello has committed to the University of Notre Dame (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Although the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament received most of the attention in August, another prospect showcase that took place in Slovakia, the U17 Five Nations Tournament, also featured some potential future NHL Draft material.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jack Dougherty and Joseph Snively, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Jack Dougherty - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Dougherty is one of a handful of Ohio State recruits to decommit from that program after the firing of OSU head coach Mark Osiecki (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Team USA finished with the most points at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but Team Canada took home the gold medal after defeating the USA, 4-0, in the championship game.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Paul Bittner, USA

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Paul Bittner - Team USA

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2015 prospect Paul Bittner has the size and ability to develop into a top prospect once his draft year comes around (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

While forward Nick Schmaltz was the offensive sparkplug for Team USA's squad at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, big winger Paul Bittner was another forward who chipped in some offense for the tournament's silver medalists.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Keegan Iverson, USA

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Keegan Iverson - USA

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2014 prospect Keegan Iverson joined his Winterhawks linemate Paul Bittner at the Ivan Hlinka (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

The silver medalist USA squad competing at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament included a few bigger, more physical players than the American squad normally carries into the international tournaments. One of the grittier players from the American forward ranks competing at this tournament was center Keegan Iverson.

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