Friday, June 27, 2008

Whalers trio invited to World Junior camps

Current Plymouth Whalers Jeremy Smith (Brownstown) and AJ Jenks (Wolverine Lake) have been named to the 2008 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, being held in Lake Placid, NY on August 1-9, while Chris Terry has been named to Canada’s National Junior Summer Evaluation Camp, being held July 25-29, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario.

A goaltender, Smith was selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round (54th overall) in the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He was signed by the Predators last season, but should return to Plymouth for the 2008-09 season. An OHL All-Star last season, Smith was selected by Plymouth in the fourth round (64th overall) in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and has compiled a 2.82 goals-against average a 46-21-5 won-loss record over 79 career games. He played for the United States in the 2008 World Junior Championship and received USA Hockey's Dave Peterson Award in 2007 as the top junior goaltender in the United States.

A center/left wing, Jenks was recently selected in the fourth round (100th overall) by the Florida Panthers in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Originally selected by the Whalers in the seventh round (132nd overall) in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, Jenks had his best offensive year with the Whalers last season when he scored 26 goals with 29 assists for 55 points in 68 games. In two seasons with Plymouth, Jenks has scored 35 goals with 43 assists for 78 points over 136 games.

Originally taken by the Whalers in the second round (29th overall) in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, Terry has improved offensively every season with the Whalers and scored 44 goals with 57 assists for 101 points in 68 games last year. Terry is 13th on Plymouth all-time career scoring list with 75 goals and 120 assists for 195 points in 200 games. An OHL all-star last season, Terry was selected in the fifth round (132nd overall) by Carolina in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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