2022 CCM 68 Futures Arizona
The Future Has Arrived In The Desert
Oceanside Ice Arena- Tempe, Arizona – April 2022
In the current home of the Arizona State Sun Devils NCAA Division 1 Hockey team, 200×85 kicked off the first CCM 68 Futures combine of 2022 with 68 great 2009s (36 forwards, 24 defensemen, and 8 goalies) from across the country arriving to participate in the 2022 CCM 68 Futures Arizona combine. The players were split into four teams to compete on and off the ice during the weekend.
The weekend began with check-in Thursday evening- which saw the players receive their CCM apparel, get their headshots taken, and listen to a great CCM product demo explaining CCM’s newest stick models, skate models, and customization options. 200×85 wrapped up the night with a welcome speech to explain the CCM 68 program and the process of becoming one of the 68 in 2023.
Friday began bright and early with Team Black and Team White hitting the ice for the first on-ice session followed by Team Green and Team Gold. Friday’s on-ice sessions were led by ASU Assistant Coach, Alex Hicks. Pepper Pass, Quad 2v1, and 3v3 cross-ice were some of my favorite drills of the day- they got a lot of players moving, provided game like situations, and had multi-part variations that forced the players to slow down, understand the patterns and play development, then begin to do them with pace. Both on-ice sessions got better and better as the players got more comfortable with their teammates and became more vocal.
Following on-ice, all players headed to off-ice, which was filled with plyometrics, body weight exercises, and injury prehab. The players learned about the importance of functional movement and doing exercises correctly with the proper technique to maximize results and minimize the chance of injury.
Following off-ice, the players headed to an NCSA College Hockey seminar to learn about the path to becoming an NCAA athlete and what it takes academically to succeed at the collegiate level. Gabe ran the players through a great seminar, and they took a lot of notes- actual handwritten notes. Both groups had a great Q&A session with lots of interesting questions- some great ones about the different paths to junior and collegiate hockey and the GPA/testing requirements it takes to get into certain schools.
After the NCSA seminars, all players had the chance to meet again with the CCM Reps to get their CCM custom skate scans completed and they got the chance to try out any of the new CCM stick models in an open ice setting.
Then it was time for what everyone was waiting for and talking about during the morning practices- game time!
GAME 1- Team Black vs Team White
Team Black faced off against Team White in the first game, which saw Team White come away victorious 11-6. The first half showcased Team Whites offense as they put up 7 goals, including this “Michigan” by Grady Schaefer (Anaheim Jr Ducks).
Team White was paced by Nolan Waterstreet (@DSEHC, 2 G, 5 A), Grady Schaefer (Anaheim Jr Ducks, 2 G, 2 A), and Joseph Lepore (@AZBobcatsHockey, 3 G). Team Whit’s starting goalie, Evan Enck (Anaheim Jr Ducks), had a great performance making 17 saves on 19 shots.
Team Black’s top performers on the night were Diego Gutierrez (Anaheim Ducks AAA, 2 G, 1 A), Becker Wenkus (Minnesota Hockey Club, 2 G + 1 A), and Owen Smailys (@AZBobcatsHockey, 2 G).
GAME 2- Team Gold vs Team Green
The second game of the night featured Team Gold vs Team Green with Team Gold pulling out a late victory and 6-3 final score.
Team Gold was led by Camden Zaporzen (@AlaskaOilers, 2 G, 1 A), Everett James (@xHockeyProducts, 1 G, 1 A), and Keeghan Crowe (@KrivoHockey, 1 G, 1 A). Colton Dean (@AZBobcatsHockey) posted a shutout in the first half stopping all 10 shots.
Team Green’s top performers on the night were Ethan Uster (@AZBobcatsHockey, 1 G, 1 A) and Duncan Redford (California Golden Bears, 1 G).
Saturday morning brought another round of on-ice practices followed by off-ice workouts. The on-ice sessions were run by ASU assistant coach, Mike Field, and featured some great drills such as X-Pass, Triangle Regroups, and 3v3 NZ Quick Transition.
GAME 3- Team Black vs Team Gold
Saturday evening started with a tilt between Team Black and Team Gold, which saw Team Black pull out the victory, 5-3.
Team Black’s starting goalie, Gavin Jones (Utah Golden Eagles), stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first half and Black’s top performers were Owen Smailys (@AZBobcatsHockey, 1 G, 1 A) and Owen Shrader (San Diego Oilers, 1 G, 1 A).
Team Gold was paced Saturday evening by Camden Zaporzen (@AlaskaOilers, 2 G) and Sam Snyder (Omaha Jr Mavericks, 1 G).
GAME 4- Team White vs Team Green
The final game of the evening saw Team White beat Team Green by a final of 9-8 after trading goals all game.
Team White was led again by Nolan Waterstreet (@DSEHC, 3 G, 1 A) with help from Bradley
Ryoo (Anaheim Ice Dogs, 2 G).
Team Green’s top performers on Saturday were Jaxson Davy (@JrCoyotes, 2 G, 1 A) and Brayden Willis (@hockeyDYHA, 2 G, 1 A).
GAME 5- Team Gold vs Team White
The first of Sunday’s final games featured Team Gold beating Team White by a final score of 6-5.
Team Gold was paced by their leading scorer on the weekend, Camden Zaporzen (@AlaskaOilers, 3 G, 1 A).
Team White finished the weekend with a big game from Nolan Waterstreet (@DSEHC, 3 G, 1 A), Grady Schaefer (Anaheim Jr Ducks, 2 G, 2 A), and Joseph Lepore (@AZBobcatsHockey, 4 A).
GAME 6- Team Black vs Team Green
The weekend finished off with Team Black’s offense clicking on all cylinders over Team Green in a 12-3 final score.
Team Black was led Sunday morning by Diego Gutierrez (Anaheim Ducks AAA, 3 G, 2 A), and Owen Schrader (San Diego Oilers, 2 G, 2 A). Both Team Black goalies played very well but second-half goalie, Griffin Williams (@ChicagoMission), stopped 9/10 while facing multiple odd-man rushes and breakaways.
Team Green’s top players on Sunday were Trevin Vargo (@hockeyDYHA, 1 G, 1 A) and Braden Hordichuk (@JrCoyotes, 2 A).