Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Trocheck, Racino to play Ivan Hlinka

Saginaw Spirit forward Vincent Trocheck and Spirit prospect Alex Racino have been named to Team USA’s roster for the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, also known as the Under-18 Junior World Cup.

Since 1991, Team USA has medaled nine times, winning their lone gold medal in 2003. The tournament takes place in early August in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Trocheck is entering his second season of Spirit hockey, posting 15 goals and 28 assists for 43 points in 68 games during his debut season last year. He was fifth in rookie scoring in the OHL during the 2009-2010 regular season. Trocheck tallied two goals and two assists for four points in six games during the 2010 OHL playoffs. The 1993-born Pittsburgh native was selected by Saginaw with the 24th overall pick in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection.

Racino is tabbed as a top prospect of the Spirit, having attended the team’s rookie camp in May. The Merrill, Wis., native played left wing for the Major Midget Madison Capitals last season, posting six goals and five assists for 11 points in 31 games. Racino, another 1993 birth year, is schedule to attend the Spirit’s fall training camp.

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