HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will be well-represented as several NHL Developmental Camps this summer. A total of 10 Bobcats have received invitations and will be attending camps.
Recent signees Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) and Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) will attend their respective camps. Hartzell signed an NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins following the NCAA Championship Game and became the first player in Quinnipiac history to play in an NHL game. Dalhuisen's signing with the New York Islanders followed shortly afterwards while Langlois recently signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
2009 NHL draft pick Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), as well as twin brother Connor and junior Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) will attend the Edmonton Oilers' developmental camp. Connor and Kellen will serve as assistant captains for the Bobcats for the second-straight year in 2013-14. Kellen tallied 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points, while his five points in the NCAA Tournament ranked eighth in the postseason, nationally.
Connor matched his brother's assist total while also 12 goals for 26 points. Connor will enter his senior year with 34 goals and 57 assists for 91 career points while Kellen has registered 35 goals and 50 assists for 85 points.
Van Brabant had a banner year in 2012-13, scoring five goals and assisting on eight more for career-highs in all three categories in his second season at Quinnipiac. In addition, Van Brabant will also attend the Calgary Flames camp.
2010 Tampa Bay draft pick Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) will attend the Lightning's camp. Peca ranked second in the Bobcats' line-up with 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in his second season with the Bobcats. Peca's four goals were the second-most in the NCAA Tournament, while his natural hat trick against Union, scored in less than four minutes, was the fastest in NCAA Tournament history. His five points matched linemate Kellen Jones' output and tied the duo for eighth in the 16-team bracket.
Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) will return for his senior year in 2013-14 after attending the New Jersey Devils developmental camp. Tolkinen had two goals and five assists while starting 38 of Quinnipiac's 43 games on defense.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.), who was taken in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers has attended the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets' camps each of the last three summers, but has opted to not attend this year. Samuels-Thomas transferred to Quinnipiac from Bowling Green in 2011. He immediately made a name for himself in his first year at Quinnipiac after scoring a team-high 17 goals while assisting on 12 more for 29 points. He enters his senior year with 37 goals and 38 assists for 75 career points.
Incoming freshman Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.), Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, Alberta) and Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) will also attend camps this summer before arriving in Hamden in August. Clifton was drafted in the fifth round of this year's draft and will attend the Phoenix Coyotes' camp, while Quenneville was taken in the seven round and will join Langlois at the Columbus Blue Jackets' camp. Anas will attend the Washington Capitals camp as well. Anas comes to Hamden after a two-year career with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League. Anas totaled 54 goals and 43 assists for 97 points in 115 career games over the last two seasons.