CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Corpus Christi IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that forward Tanner Lomsnes has been invited to the Dallas Stars Development Camp in early July, marking the first IceRays player to be invited to a National Hockey League (NHL) rookie camp in junior franchise history.
“We are very excited for Tanner, as this will be a great opportunity for him to showcase himself to the big boys,” said IceRays general manager Pat Dunn. “It is definitely a well-deserved chance that he has been given, and he really represents the organization with what it takes to be an IceRay: playing hard every night and more importantly being a good citizen in the community.”
“I’m very humbled,” said Lomsnes. “This was very unexpected. I kind of thought my time had passed to get a NHL camp invite. I owe a lot to Pat and [Head Coach] John Becanic for this.”
The Stars Development Camp is a week-long event with players selected by the Stars at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, top rookies, future prospects, and free agents the team may have an interest in signing. The camp is a chance for prospective players to impress NHL scouts and coaches while also gaining the chance to improve their skills prior to the 2015-16 season.
“This is an opportunity for Tanner to skate with elite-level athletes and continue to develop as a player,” said Becanic. “This is a major accomplishment that doesn’t come along often to players in the NAHL. It’s a tribute to Tanner’s commitment and desire to be excellent!”
Expectations are realistic for the Niagara University commit, but he knows the opportunity is one-of-a-kind to continue his development.
“It’s going to the quick,” said Lomsnes. “The skill level will be up a bit. For me, it’s not too much evaluation but more development. I’ve just got to work my skills, play my game, and see what happens.”
His hometown of Red Deer, Alberta has produced a number of professional players and those that have received invites to NHL Development Camps, and they, along with other hockey community members, have been preparing him for what to expect next month.
“They said to be ready to work,” said Lomsnes. “It’s high-intensity with hard practices. I’ve just got to make every moment count.”
Lomsnes finished his junior career on a strong note, recording 24 goals and 33 assists for 57 points with a plus-seven rating and seven power play goals in 56 games for the IceRays during the 2014-15 season. He finished second on the team in all major scoring categories and was one of three representatives at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in February. The Canadian will attend NCAA Division I program Niagara University this fall.
He will also join Lone Star Brahmas forward Ludvig Larsson as the two lone representatives at the Stars Development Camp from the NAHL. The process begins on July 6 at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, Texas and will round out with scrimmages on the final day. The camp is open to the public. Full details have yet to be announced.
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