MARQUETTE - Four current Northern Michigan University hockey players, including their leading goal scorer from a year ago, got a taste of the pros while attending development camps with four different National Hockey League teams in July.
"Going to NHL development camps is a great chance for some of our guys to see what opportunities are ahead of them after college, as they grow and improve," NMU hockey coach Walt Kyle said. "It gives them an opportunity to see how professional teams work behind the scenes.
"It's also great for our hockey program because these guys can see how hard other players work in the offseason. They also bring back what they learned to our team and give us ideas for new techniques and drills."
Northern Michigan University’s Reed Seckel (9), pursued by the University of Alaska's Colton Beck (36) and Andy Taranto (29), pushes the puck up ice alongside teammates Stephan Vigier (40) and Ryan Daugherty (29) late in the first period of the hockey game at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Nov. 23 of last year. Seckel was one of four Wildcats to take part in NHL development camps in July. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
Forward Reed Seckel, who will be a junior this fall, attended the San Jose Sharks' camp from July 8-12.
As an assistant captain last season, he led the Wildcats with 13 goals and was second on the team with 25 points in 35 games.
Junior defenseman Jake Baker attended the Edmonton Oilers' camp from July 3-9, a year after attending the Vancouver Canucks' camp.
Last season at Northern, he appeared in 36 games and had a goal, two assists and 37 penalty minutes.
Sophomore forward Cohen Adair attended the Chicago Blackhawks' camp from July 8-12.
Last season, he appeared in 32 games with the Wildcats, recording five goals and four assists as a freshman.
Defenseman Luke Eibler, who will be a junior after sitting out last season following his transfer from Northeastern, attended the Winnipeg Jets' camp from July 15-19.
In two years at Northeastern, he had three goals, 13 assists and a plus-18 rating in 53 games.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee.