Express U14 Standouts Have Shot at National Team
Walpole, MA - The Walpole Express U14 team enjoyed a lot of success during the 2016-2017 season. The team finished ranked second in the country at the Tier 2 level. They were even ranked # 1 for more than half of the season. Along with their national rank, the team won a league championship in the EJEPL, and winger Robbie Barletta led the league in scoring. He was named league MVP.
In addition to Barletta, the U14 team includes five other league all-stars: Shamus Burke, Billy Rooney, Roman Tacelli, Mathew Mason, Cam Collins.
With the season complete, the Express players participated in USA Hockey’s tryouts, which drew more than 350 athletes. From that initial group, the roster was slashed to just 80 players for camp this past weekend.
Though the Express U14 team had only 13 players on its roster, five -- Jake Lavoie, Riley Bezeau, Matthew Myers, Collins and Barletta -- made it through USA Hockey tryouts to qualify for the 80-man CCM High Performance camp.
Following camp, USA Hockey trimmed the roster to just 40. Bezeau, Barletta and Myers qualified to move on to the Mass Hockey final group, which represents the top 40 2002-birth-year players in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“We couldn’t be happier for this group of hardworking young men,” said Express Director of Player Development Todd Stirling. “It is a shot in the arm for our program and an even bigger accomplishment for the players. We are excited to see them compete for a shot at national camp and wish them best of luck.”
From this talented group of 40, a select number of players will be sent to New York for USA Hockey’s National Player Development Camp. Stay tuned to see whether the Express goes all the way.