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November 02, 2012

High School Hockey | Samuelson to play in Bauer NIT

Posted by: Feldman

Lourdes forward Jason Samuelson will do something this weekend that no player from a Rochester high school has done in a few years -- play in the Bauer National Invitation Tournament at New Hope Ice Arena. 

Samuelson, a senior, was picked to be on Team Minnesota Red, one of two all-star teams made up of the top players from the Upper Midwest Elite League. 

The Bauer NIT is an annual tournament that pits eight teams -- including two all-star teams made up of players from the UMEL, a fall league that gives Minnesota's top high school players a place to gear up for the season.

Samuelson and Team Minnesota Red will face a tough test right off the bat tonight, when they play the tournament opener against a Norway Under-18 team at 5:15 p.m.

The entire Team Minnesota Red roster can be found here

The 2012 NIT bracket can be found here.

Lourdes coach Josh Spaniol told me that Eagles senior forward Alex Funk likely would have been picked to play on one of the two Minnesota teams, but he is battling an injury and has not played for several weeks. Spaniol said he thinks Funk will be ready to go when high school practices begin on Nov. 12.

Samuelson and Funk both played for Team Southwest during the regular season in the Elite League. Team SW tied for first place with Team Northwest. Samuelson finished as the team's second leading scorer, with 26 points, one behind Edina's Bo Brauer. Funk finished fifth on the team with 20 points.

Samuelson had a goal and an assist last Sunday when Team SW beat Team Northwest for third place in the UMEL postseason playoffs. 

Near as I can tell, Samuelson is the first player from a Rochester high school to play in the NIT since 2006 (unless Mayo's Charlie Thauwald did so). Lourdes' Brandon Bahnemann, and Century's Joe Knoepke and Garrett Grimstad played in the NIT in 2006.

Rochester native Tyler Vesel is also playing in the NIT, for Faribault Shattuck St. Mary's. Vesel is off to an outstanding start for SSM, leading the powerhouse team in points (21) and goals (10). 

Shattuck (11-2-3 overall) plays its NIT opener at 8:15 p.m. tonight against Michigan U-18. The Sabres then travel to Calgary next week for a pair of games against the Calgary Edge School, followed by a weeklong trip (Nov. 17-25) to Salzburg, Austria, for the Salzburg Red Bulls Tournament.

NIT semifinal games are set for 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship game scheduled for noon on Sunday.

May 16, 2011

Junior Hockey | One Vesel brother taken in USHL draft

Posted by: Feldman

So, I posted on Twitter early this morning that there was a chance Lourdes' Rory Vesel, a Second Team All-State defenseman this season, could be picked in the USHL Draft, which began at 10 a.m. today.

I forgot to mention that another Vesel -- Rory's younger brother, Tyler -- could also be taken. Turns out, Tyler was the one Vesel chosen today, going 56th overall (11th in the fourth round) to the Omaha Lancers. Rory was not drafted, but could still receive a tryout offer from USHL team(s). He has signed a tender with the Bismark (N.D.) Bobcats of the NAHL for next season, so, no fear, if he's not in the USHL, he'll still be playing at a high level.

As for Tyler, I haven't tried calling him yet to see what his plans are for next season. He was the second-leading scorer this year on Shattuck-St. Mary's prestigous U16 team. He compiled 108 points in 54 games (37-71--108), trailing only Taylor Cammarata, who had an amazing 139 points, including 71 goals.

Judging by the comments of Lancers coach/GM Bliss Littler, Tyler Vesel (5-feet-10, 160 pounds) will return to Shattuck and play on the Sabres' top team next winter. He's a 94 birthdate, so he would fit in on USHL rosters, but would certainly be among the younger players on the team. Littler had these comments in a press release on the team's website:

“Tyler Vesel is a player who we expect to play one more season at Shattuck-St. Mary’s,” Littler said.  “But we anticipate he’ll be ready to join the Lancers for the 2012-2013 season.”

All of the results from Monday's USHL Draft can be found here.

April 19, 2011

Random hockey notes (Funk, Farrell in HP 54s; Vesel to Select 17 camp)

Posted by: Feldman

Sorry, we've been away from the blog for a few days. I was letting a few hockey notes pile up. Time to get to them now.

First off, the USHL held its Futures Draft today. All of the teams in the country's top junior league had a chance to secure the rights to the top 95-born players who could potentially wind up in the USHL. No local players were taken, though there are ties to a couple of players drafted.

With the top overall pick, Waterloo selected Taylor Cammarata from Plymout. Cammarata plays at Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault, where he starred on the U16 team that finished second in the country this year. Cammarata led Shattuck with 126 points (64-62--126). The second-leading scorer on that U16 team, and the only other player on the team to top 100 points, was Rochester's Tyler Vesel, brother of Lourdes senior Rory Vesel, who was a Second Team All-State pick this season and the Faceoff/Post-Bulletin All-Area Player of the Year. Tyler had 36-67--103 in 48 games; from what I've heard, he'll be playing on Shattuck's top team next season.

** And while we're on the topic of Tyler Vesel, he'll get some more big-time exposure to top junior and college scouts this summer. He is one of 14 Minnesota players invited to USA Hockey's National Player Development Select 17 camp at Rochester, N.Y., July 7-13.

Among the other Minnesota players invited to the Select 17 camp are Vesel's Shattuck teammate, Zach Stepan (cousin of former University of Wisconsin standout and current N.Y. Ranger Derek Stepan); Edina forward Louie Nanne (yep, of that Nanne family) and Apple Valley star forward A.J. Michaelson.

** Minnesota players selected for the Select 17 and Select 16 national camps were chosen after this past weekend's High Performance 54 Showcase in Plymouth.

Vesel was one of three Rochester players who competed in the HP 54. Lourdes forwards Alex Funk (who will be a junior next season) and Landon Farrell (a senior-to-be) both played in the three-team all-star tournament. Each team had 18 players on their rosters (54 total players, thus the HP 54 name).

Funk played for Team Blue, which also included Stepan and Class A state tournament darling Adam Johnson of Hibbing (which beat Funk's Eagles in the first round at state last month). Also on that team was New Prague goalie Joe Morris, who was outstanding in the Section 1A tournament, with his Trojans falling to Lourdes, 2-0, in the section title game.

Farrell played on Team Red, and Lourdes head coach Josh Spaniol coached Team White, which went unbeaten in three games. Spaniol's team included Vesel, Michaelson and Lakeville South defenseman Charlie Heller.

Vesel led Team White with five points (2-3--5) in three games; Funk didn't have a point in three games; and Farrell had one assist in three games.

Spaniol said both Funk and Farrell had good weekends, played well in front of scouts from most WCHA teams and USHL teams.

March 04, 2011

Oh, by the way, another Vesel is having a great season

So we all know that Rochester Lourdes defenseman Rory Vesel is having another standout season. The senior team leader has 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points for the No. 3-ranked Eagles, who are headed to the Class A state tourney for a third consecutive season.

Rory was a huge part of the Eagles' Section 1A championship game victory against New Prague on Thursday night. He scored the game winning goal and assisted on Alex Funk's empty-netter in the final minute to seal the win.

There's another Vesel who is having a pretty good (that's an understatement) season, as well.

Rory's younger brother, Tyler Vesel, is tearing things up for the U16 team at Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault.

Tyler, a '94 birthdate, who will turn 17 on April 14, is the second-leading scorer for the Sabres U16 team, which holds an astounding 42-3-1 record.

According to the Shattuck website, Tyler Vesel has 36 goals and 63 assists for 99 points through 46 games.

SSM's U16 team is off until the end of the month. It competes at the USA Hockey U16 Nationals at Hartford, Conn., from March 31-April 3.