Youngstown, Ohio - The Youngstown Phantoms are proud to announce that returning forward Curtis Hall and three of the club’s Affiliate players and future prospects will be representing Youngstown at this year’s CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY.
USA Hockey and the USHL announced the 42 players who will make up the two teams showcasing themselves on Thursday September 21st at the Keybank Center in Buffalo.
This will be the sixth showcase event (started in 2012) for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, and it has seen 127 of its participants drafted into the NHL.
“This is a great accomplishment and opportunity for Curtis, said Phantoms General Manager Jason Koehler. “ He had a great rookie season with us last year, including a very strong performance in our first round playoff match up against eventual USHL champion Chicago. This summer he played very well again at the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival which earned him a chance to play overseas a few weeks ago at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament where he once again showed well to the NHL scouts. Now, as we start the season, Curtis is set to be one of the most watched prospects in our league this year and this nomination and game opportunity should only enhance his draft stock.”
Curtis Hall returns for his second season in Youngstown with the Phantoms and for his high school senior year at Ursuline High School. He hails from nearby Chargrin Falls, Ohio and is committed to Yale University following his USHL career. The 6’2 195 lbs. centreman had seven goals and twenty one points last season in 59 USHL regular season games. Hall was one of the Phantoms’ two USHL signed 2000 born tender players (along with Max Ellis) who joined the team last season as high school juniors.
Joining Curtis Hall at the Prospects game will be three additional players with Phantoms’ connections and potential futures in Youngstown.
Forward Jay O’Brien from Hingham, Massachusetts and Thayer Academy Prep saw action in four USHL games as an Affiliate player last season with the team and may possibly see more games this year. The 5’11 170 lbs. right shot forward is one of the top players in the entire New England region and is committed to Providence College. O’Brien was the Phantoms sixth round pick (96th overall) in the 2015 USHL Phase I Draft.
Defenseman Jordan Harris from Haverhill, Massachusetts and Kimball Union Academy will join the Phantoms in 2018-2019 following his senior year at Kimball Union. Harris will look to defend his prep school championship this season and may see Affiliate games with the Phantoms this year as well. The 5’11 175 lbs. left shot defenseman is committed to Northeastern University following his USHL career. Harris was the Phantoms’ third round pick (40th overall) in the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft.
Goaltender Jon Mor from Higland Park, Illinois and the USA NTDP U18 team saw some games in 2016-2017 with the Phantoms as an Affiliate goaltender and back up. After his junior year with the USA NTDP, he is expected to be in Youngstown for the 2018-2019 season and his senior year. The 6’1 200 lbs. back stop played last season for the U16 Chicago Young Americans club and is currently uncommitted to a college.
“Along with Curtis Hall, the future is bright here with the Phantoms, said Jason Koehler. “With these three Phantoms’ prospects – it shows the caliber of players that our organization brings into the city of Youngstown and the USHL, players that are not only elite level junior hockey players and future college hockey players, but future pro hockey players and NHL Draft picks.”
Former Phantoms who have previously competed in the All American Prospects Game include forwards Tyler Sheehy (2013), Kyle Connor (2014), Chase Pearson (2014), defensemen Steven Ruggiero (2014), Luke McInnis (2015), Jack Rathbone (2016), and goaltender Ryan Bednard (2014). The 2015 game saw former Phantoms defenseman Luke McInnis (now at Boston College) snagging the game’s MVP Award.