Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Canes vet Josh Derko gets NHL tryout

Press Release

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Monday Josh Derko has been invited to the San Jose Sharks Rookie Training Camp.

Derko, who recently signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO), will be with San Jose as they compete in the “Young Stars Classic,” a round-robin rookie tournament hosted by the Vancouver Canucks featuring prospects from the Sharks, Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets from September 5th to 9th in Penticton, BC.

The 20-year old from Sherwood Park, AB played his entire WHL career with Swift Current before coming to the Hurricanes at the trade deadline. In his 22 games with Lethbridge last season, Derko put up 9 points (5G, 4A) and 51 PIM’s.

Two other Hurricanes will also be leaving for pro camps this week. Last month the team announced Axel Blomqvist and Adam Henry were also getting NHL tryouts. Blomqvist signed an ATO with the Winnipeg Jets and was invited to their camp where he’ll also now compete against Derko and the Sharks at the “Young Stars Classic.”

Henry was invited to the Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp ahead of the NHL Draft and earned another tryout this week. Henry and the Blackhawks will compete in a tournament (September 5th – 8th) in London, ON that will see the Blackhawks rookie squad face-off against rookies from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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