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Aden Bruich and Riley Cooley Selected in the NAHL Draft

06/05/2019, 10:45am EDT
By Alex Roessler

A pair of Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite players were selected in the 2019 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Draft on Tuesday. Aden Bruich, a forward for the 16U team and Riley Cooley, a forward for the 18U team were both chosen in the annual player selection event for the top Tier II junior hockey league in the United States.

Bruich, who is coming off a campaign in which he recorded 20 points (12 goals and 8 assists) in 33 games, was selected fourth overall by the Maryland Black Bears. Cooley, whose 2018-19 season with the 18U team saw him produce 35 points (10 goals and 25 assists) in 36 games, was selected in the 6th round (132nd overall) by the New Mexico Ice Wolves.

Both players were selected by NAHL franchises that are in their infancy. The Maryland Black Bears, based out of Odenton, began play last season as an expansion team and the New Mexico Ice Wolves will be an expansion team that will begin play in Albuquerque in the 2019-20 season.

Congratulations to both Aden and Riley on being selected!

Several Pittsburgh Penguins Elite players were invited to regional and national camps that will be taking place this summer.

A total of 18 Pens Elite girls were invited to the Multi-District Camp that will take place at Kent State from August 4th through the 9th. Those invited include 2002’s Faith Anthony, Eva Dorr, Brianna Medved, Serena Slusarcyk, Haley Steffey and Corin Trejchel; 2003’s Lily Hartnell, Isabella Hervert, Hannah Humes, Kaitlyn Schooley and Brianna Walkom; 2004’s Alexis Jones and Madelynne Lane; and 2005’s Hannah Fetterolf, Britta Klinke, Rachel McCrea, Addie Murdoch and Jillian Piscitelli. Two Pens Elite goalies were also invited to the Multi-District Goalie Camp at Kent State from July 7th-12th. Shelby Noelscher and Catherine Creighton are the goalies that were selected to attend.

Additionally, 11 girls were invited to USA Hockey National Player Development Camps. Those invited Girls 15U Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota include Jaidan Fahrny, Dylan Green, Ava McNaughton, Cornelia Nicholson and Isabelle Powell. There will also be a Girls 16/17U Camp in St. Cloud and several Pens Elite girls from the 2002 and 2003 birth year were invited including Sophia Bellina, Ellie Marcovsky, Mallory Mauracher, Lily Stumm and Aubrey Suttelle. Finally, Laney Potter and Katherine Khramstov who played for the 14U Girls team in 2018-19 were invited to the Girls Under-18 Select Camp in St. Cloud in mid-July.

17 boys in the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization were invited to the 15U Kent State Camp taking place from June 11th-15th. Those invited include Cole Bianchin, Connor Chi, Logan Cooley, Matthew Dimarsico, Noah Eyre, Thomas Healy, Zachary Hixon, John Humphreys, Evan Konyen, Jeffrey Kreidler, Adam Mahler, Colton Mauser, Alexander Ondos, Caden Pendo, Paul Potosnak, Saxen Robertson and Thomas Whitford.

For the 2005 birth years, 24 total Pens Elite boys were invited to the 14U Sylvania Camp. Those invited were Aidan Briggs, Tyler Burket, Jon Burkhart, Connor Ferguson, Zack Ferris, Brady Gilbert, Benjamin Grasser, Parker Hawn, Cameron Herr, Cal Huston, William Kiray, Jonathan Nichols, TJ Richey, Davis Ross, Brendan Schooley, Wes Schwarzmiller, Tyler Shaver, Rory Shegan Siniawski, Austin Steckman, Brandon Svoboda, John Takos, Connor Varmecky, Reid West and Braeden Whitesell.

14 Pens Elite boys were selected to USA Hockey National Player Development Camps. The Boys Select 17 camp in Amherst, New York included 4 PPE players as Aden Bruich, Tyler Kennedy, Cole Oravitz and Alexander Servango were invited. All 10 players who were invited to the Boys Select 16 Camp in Amherst are from the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization. Teddy Sawyer, Austin Oravetz, Patrick Silhanek, Joey Potter, Jackson Morehouse, Shawn O’Donnell, Nicholas Sewecke, Evan Vanden Heuvel, Michael Hurst, Andrew Pichora were the members of PPE that were invited to the camp.

In total, 61 players were invited to Mid-Am camps and 25 players were invited to USA Hockey National Camps. Congratulations to all players who received invitations!