May 29, 2016
Westminster, CO – Following the recent exciting news that the Seattle Ravens are moving up to the United States Premiere Hockey League’s (USPHL) Pacific Division, the team has been out on the recruiting trail, bringing new players to the team. “The players we are attracting to the program are buying in to our approach on player development,” said Head Coach Adam Kurtenbach. “We have found some very talented young players that will benefit greatly from playing in the best development league in the country.”
When it comes to developing players, Kurtenbach knows what he’s talking about. “For me, it’s all about moving my players to the next level. When I recruit, I want to find those players that have the potential to take that next step. I don’t recruit players I can’t move up,” he said.
Kurtenbach’s track record bears that out. The Ravens’ Head Coach produced a number of outstanding prospects who have gone on to have considerable success. Four of his former players are currently in the Western Hockey League, two are in the NAHL, one is in the USHL and two are in the BCHL. And two of those were among the only players to ever play on a US National Team who were not a part of the USNTDP. In fact, The Hockey News projected one of his players to go in the Top Five of the 2017 NHL Draft in its most recent edition.
“I want players who can move the puck, or who have the athletic ability that allows them to learn. We play an up-tempo style that’s fast and skill oriented. We focus on speed and creativity. Our D are always engaged in the offense and jumping into the play. To reach the next level, players have to be able to skate and they have to be able to make good decisions quickly. Everything we do is centered on building those skills,” commented Coach Kurtenbach.
Displaying their talent at the CCM Showcase are players from Colorado to Russia. “We are looking to bring in some of these guys who have the ability to play in the BCHL or the USPHL Premiere league, no question. It is a matter of coaching them up and then becoming their advocate. I pledge to every player who joins the Ravens that if they work hard for me, I will work harder for them,” said Kurtenbach.
Last weekend, Head Coach Adam Kurtenbach was at the Northwest Showcase in Everett, WA where he found a number of high quality players right at home. Before that, it was the Global Vancouver Showcase and America’s High School Hockey Showcase. “I’m excited. I never make win-loss predictions for my team, but we are going to have a lot of players who move up in hockey. With the team we are assembling, playing in a new league, we are going to have a lot of fun this year.”
The Ravens will play in two USPHL Showcases, one in Chicago and on in Boston. In addition, the division winner will return to Boston at season’s end for the USP3 playoffs, another great opportunity for payers to demonstrate their growth this season.
The Ravens’ Prospect Camp will be held July 8, 9, and 10, and the Main Camp will be August 19, 20, and 20. Both will be held at the Kent Valley Ice Centre in Kent, WA. For more information go to RECRUITING.
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