The Philadelphia Flyers are tearing up the Ice down at the Skate Zone in Vorhees, but over the border in Edmonton, two young prospects have earned a significant accolade.
Draft picks Cam York and Bobby Brink were competing for Team USA in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships and after making the final, squared off against Canada. The Americans sprung a surprise 2-0 upset, clinching Gold, and sending the Flyers prospects home with a place in the History books.
Brink, the team’s second-round pick in 2019, had a stunning defensive game and played a large part in the shutout, throwing himself in front of shots time and time again. He ends the tournament with 6 points in 7 games (2G 4A) and a +8 rating. He will head back to the University of Denver, where his first season, he totaled 24 points in 28 games, finishing with a +/- of 1.
Cam York, meanwhile, was the team’s first-round pick last year after the Flyers moved back 3 spots in a trade with Arizona. He captained Team USA throughout the tournament and also ended it with 6 points in 7 games, with his coming from a goal and five assists. He was named Team USA’s player of the game in a tournament-opening 5-3 loss to Russia and never looked back on the road to WJC glory. He logged 20:18 of ice time in the final. York will head back to Michigan, where he already has 5 points through 8 games this season, and attempt to bring his winning ways to the Wolverines.
It’s exciting to not only see encouraging updates on the team’s top two draft picks from last year’s class but to know they played key roles in such a historic game. The USA had only won the tournament twice since 2013, with the most recent occasion being in 2018. The two young Philadelphia Flyers helped change that on Tuesday night.
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