The United States Hockey League held its Phase I draft on Monday and is holding its Phase II draft today. Several players with local ties have been selected.
The USHL is the only Tier I junior hockey league in the country and includes the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Ann Arbor-based U.S. National Team Development Program.
The Phase I draft consisted of eight rounds. Teams selected players born in 1998. Prior to the draft, some teams opted to forfeit their first-round pick in order to tender a contract to a player. The tender comes with a guarantee that the player will play in at least half of the the team’s games next season.
The Lumberjacks gave up their first-round pick to tender Honeybaked defenseman Mitch Eliot, who has committed to play for Michigan State.
In the Phase II draft, players from other birth years can be selected.
USHL Phase I draft: Local players
No. 2 — Youngstown, used tender on D Ty Farmer (Michigan State commit).
No. 4 – Des Moines, F Mitchell Lewandowski (Michigan State commit), Honeybaked.
No. 7 – Muskegon, used tender on F Mitch Eliot (Michigan State commit), Honeybaked.
No. 11 – Muskegon, F Keeghan Howdeshell, Compuware.
No. 15 – Muskegon, F Dante Palecco, Long Island Gulls U16.
No. 1 – Fargo, F Cole Gallant, Honeybaked
No. 4 – Des Moines, D Nick McKeeby (Western Michigan commit), Honeybaked.
No. 7 – Muskegon, F Jamie Armstrong, Neponset Valley River.
No. 12 – Cedar Rapids, used tender on D Derek Daschke, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
No. 2 – Youngstown, D Alec Mahalak, Compuware.
No. 4 – Des Moines, F Noah LaLonde (Michigan State commit), Honeybaked.
No. 5 – Fargo, D Ryan Bederka (Michigan State commit), Honeybaked
No. 9 – Muskegon, G Michael Latorella, Honeybaked.
No. 11 – Des Moines, F Keenan Suthers, Compuware.
No. 2 – Muskegon, F Collin Adams, Honeybaked.
No. 3 – Muskegon, D Alexander Green, Chicago Mission.
No. 6 – Chicago Steel, F Austin Grzenia, Victory Honda.
No. 11 – Dubuque, F Paul Washe, Victory Honda.
No. 13 – Tri-City, F John Sladic, Belle Tire.
No. 1 – Fargo, F Luke Cowan, Honeybaked.
No. 5 – Sioux Falls, F Jack Kopacka, Compuware.
No. 7 – Muskegon, D Dylan Dix, Arizona Bobcats.
No. 6 – Chicago, F Alex Frye, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
No. 7 – Muskegon, F Casey Gilling, Soo Indians.
No. 15 – Omaha, D Todd Kiilunen, Brighton.
USHL Phase II draft: Local players
No. 6 — Chicago, G John Lethemon, Farmington.
No. 7 — Muskegon, Ryker Killins (Ferris State commit), Stratford.
No. 9 — Bloomington, F Shane Bednard, (Macomb), Johnstown.
No. 10 — Muskegon, F David Keefer, (Michigan State commit), Honeybaked.
No. 12 — Cedar Rapids, F Georgy Gorodetsky, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
No. 18 — Bloomington, D Jalen Smereck, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
No. 25 — Muskegon, D Bo Hanson, Colorado Rampage.
No. 27 — Bloomington, F Maskim Dzhioshvili, Little Caesars.
No. 28 — Green Bay, F Joseph Wegwerth, U.S. Under-18 team.
No. 30 — Cedar Rapids, G Tyler Parsons, Little Caesars.
No. 32 — Cedar Rapids, D Bryce Hatten, Michigan Nationals.
No. 43 — Des Moines, D Chris Allemon, Little Caesars.
No. 45 — Madison, F Steve Merl, Belle Tire.
No. 66 — Dubuque, D Lester Lancaster (Ypsilanti), Springfield Jr. Blues.
No. 68 — Muskegon, F Josh Coyle, St. Thomas Stars.
No. 70 — Omaha, D Kyle Froese (Traverse City), Corpus Christi.
No. 80 — Muskegon, D David Trinkberger, Landshut EV Jr.
No. 82 — Bloomington, D Andrew Roye (Orchard Lake), Topeka.
No. 100 — Cedar Rapids, D Anthony Scarsella, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
No. 113 — Bloomington, F Logan Lambdin, Port Huron Fighting Falcons.
No. 129 — Bloomington, F Michael Sabatini (Grosse Pointe Woods), Soo Eagles.
No. 134 — Omaha, F Michael Montambault, Victory Honda.
No. 132 — Muskegon, D Max Gottlieb, Bonyville
No. 157 — Tri-City, G Blake Weyrick, US Under-18.
No. 158 — Muskegon, D Spencer Kuhlman, Shattuck St. Mary
No. 174 — Muskegon, F Garrett Hallford, Honeybaked.
No. 175 — Madison, G Alexander Blankenburg, Port Huron Fighting Falcons.
No. 176 — Bloomington, F Mathew Hudie, Little Caesars.
No. 184 — Dubuque, D Damian Chrcek (Marysville), Salmon Arm.
No. 190 — Muskegon, D Zachary Berzolla, New Jersey Devils.
No. 191 — Madison, F Jared Domin, Belle Tire.
No. 200 — Fargo, D Brandon Fortunato, U.S. Under-18.
No. 211 — Cedar Springs, F Brandon Morgan, Compuware.
No. 222 — Muskegon, F Joseph Cipollone, Selects Hockey Academy.
No. 227 — Cedar Springs, D Drew McLean (Waterford), Odessa.
No. 232 — Fargo, D Michael Underwood, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
No. 238 — Muskegon, F Zach Zech, Victory Honda.
No. 247 — Waterloo, F Ronnie Hein, Lansing Capitals.
No. 250 — Tri-City, D Benjamin Israel (Bloomfield Hills), New Jersey Hitmen.
No. 254 — Muskegon, F Marshall Moise, St. Clair Shores.
No. 264 — Fargo, F Braden Brown, Little Caesars.
No. 270 — Muskegon, D Joseph Rutkowski, Chicago Mission.
No. 286 — Muskegon, F Carter Woolley, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
No. 298 — Tri-City, F Adam Goodsir, Lansing Capitals.
No. 300 — Lincoln, D James LaDouce, Honeybaked.
No. 302 — Muskegon, F Michael Maiden, Belle Tire.
No. 318 — Muskegon, F Alex Falconer, Shattuck St. Mary’s.
No. 334 — Muskegon, F Jacob Gammicchia, Honeybaked.
No. 345 — Youngstown, D Zachary Parrott, Little Caesars.
No. 350 — Muskegon, D Joseph Maguire, New York Bobcats.
No. 366 — Muskegon, D Andrew Cordssen-David, Shattuck St. Mary’s.
No. 382 — Muskegon, F Connor Sundquist, Selects Hockey Academy.
No. 384 — Bloomington, F Bryan Basilico (Rochester), Trail Smoke Eaters.
No. 398 — Muskegon, F Jake Smith, Nichols HS (N.Y.).
No. 414 — Muskegon, F Andrew Barbeau, Soo Indians.
No. 416 — Bloomington, F Nathan Bryer, Victory Honda.
No. 430 — Muskegon, D Charles Young, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers.
No. 446 — Muskegon, G Philippe-Alexandre Vinette, Princeville Titans.
No. 462 — Muskegon, F Chris Gambardella, New Jersey Rockets.
No. 478 — Muskegon, D Corey Siwula, West Michigan Hounds.