Locals headed to Hlinka Tournament

St. John's Prep rising senior Sam Kurker headlines the list of locals who will play for the U.S. U-18 select team at the upcoming Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound winger will join the U.S. team in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Aug. 8-13 as USA Hockey announced the 22-man tournament roster yesterday.

Other locals making the team were Brendan Silk, of Wakefield, the former Austin Prep standout who played for the U.S. National u-17 team last season. Hopkinton native Teddy Doherty, who attends Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota, and St. Sebastian's product Daniel O'Regan (Needham) join Kurker as forwards.

South Portland, Maine native Jon Gillies, of the USHL's Indiana Ice, is among two goaltenders on the roster.

Kurker earned a spot on the team at the USA Hockey player development camp in Rochester, N.Y. He scored 20 goals with 17 assists for 37 points in his junior season while helping the Eagles to their first Super 8 tournament finals appearance. Kurker was also included on NHL Central Scouting's 2012 Draft futures list, earning a 'B' grade along with the only other MIAA player to make the list, Malden Catholic's Brendan Collier.

The Reading resident isn't the only Prep hockey player with national team plans this summer as Eagles rising sophomore Shane Eiserman will lace them up for the Team USA U-17 selects at the Five Nations Tournament next month.