CORPUS CHRISTI, TX- The Corpus Christi IceRays organization is pleased to announce that forward Beau Walker was selected in the 4th round (52 overall) of the 2011 United States Hockey League (USHL) Entry draft by the Sioux City Musketeers held on Monday.
“We’re very excited for Beau,” said Corpus Christi IceRays assistant coach Justin Quenneville. “His goal was to have the opportunity to play in the USHL and this is one step closer for him to making this happen. Sioux City is a top-notch organization and we congratulate Beau.”
“From the IceRays organization’s perspective this is part of our process in trying to get as many players committed to college as possible,” added Quenneville.
The Sioux City Musketeers finished 6th in the USHL’s Western Conference this past season and were eliminated in three games by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the first round of the Clark Cup playoffs. The Musketeers are located in Sioux City, Iowa and credit NHL players John Grahame, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Max Pacioretty as alums.
“(Beau) Walker is a speedy winger with a high skill and compete level,” said Musketeers assistant coach Cam Ellsworth via Twitter earlier this afternoon.
Walker, 18, led the IceRays in scoring with 62 points in 56 games played this season. He was second on the team in goals with 21 and first in assists with 41 helpers.
Around the league, the West Richland, Washington native finished tied for 13th in scoring and tied for 1st with 24 power-play assists.
The USHL is the only Tier-I Junior Hockey League in the United States. There are 16 teams mainly located in the Midwestern United States. For more information, visit www.ushl.com.
Corpus Christi has concluded the 2010-11 season and is now in the off-season preparing for the NAHL draft, camps, and molding a new team for the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign. Over the summer, be sure to check out what the team is doing off the ice in preparations for next season. The team is always looking for new business and corporate partnerships. For more information call the Rays’ front office at 361.814.PUCK (7825) or crash the net at www.goicerays.com.
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