CCM Forward of the Week Kieffer Bellows, CCM Defenseman of the Week John Marino and CCM Goaltender of the Week Joey Daccord.
The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 1 of the 2015-16 season. 2015 NHL Draft picks John Marino (Edmonton Oilers) and Joey Daccord (Ottawa Senators) were selected, in addition to 2016 NHL Draft eligible forward Kieffer Bellows. CCM Hockey is the official equipment partner of the USHL.
Forward: Kieffer Bellows – Team USA
1GP: 3 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating
Bellows tallied a hat trick and dished out an assist in his first game with Team USA. Bellows, 2015 USHL Rookie of the Year, is coming of a record season for a 16-year old USHL rookie in which he scored 33 goals with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Now skating for Team USA, Bellows notched the eventual game-winning goal seven minutes into the third period. Bellows is a native of Edina, Minnesota and previously played for the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) and Edina High School (USHS). Bellows is committed to play college hockey at Boston University.
Defenseman: John Marino – Tri-City Storm
1 GP: 0 goals, 3 assists, +3 rating
Marino dished out three assists in his USHL debut with the Tri-City Storm, a 5-1 win over rival Omaha Lancers. Marino, a 2015 NHL Draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, assisted on back-to-back goals in the first period. His third and final assist came on a Jake Wahlin tally to seal the win for the Storm. Marino previously played for the South Shore Kings (USPHL) and is committed to play college hockey at Harvard University. Marino is a native of Brockton, MA.
Goaltender: Joey Daccord – Muskegon Lumberjacks
1 GP: 1-0-0, 1.19 GAA, .933 SV%
Daccord earned the win in his USHL debut with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, a 3-2 SO win. Daccord, a 2015 NHL Draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, stopped 28 shots, including a 17-shot onslaught in the second period. Daccord was perfect through 50 minutes of play, and battled through the overtime period to reach a shootout where he stonewalled all five Waterloo attempts. Daccord previously played for Cushing Academy (USHS) and North Andover High School (USHS), and is committed to play college hockey at Arizona State University.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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