Castro, Wozniak selected in Phase I of USHL Draft


Forwards Nick Castro and Jackson Wozniak, members of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ Pacific District champion 16U AAA Major team this past season, were selected in Phase I of this year’s United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft, which was conducted today (Monday, May 2).

Wozniak, who rang up 12 goals for 31 points in 32 Tier I Elite League games in the 16U division this year, was taken by the Sioux City Musketeers with the first pick in the fifth round.

Castro, who struck for 12 goals and 23 points in 28 Tier I Elite League games, went to the Dubuque Fighting Saints with the 14th pick in Round 10.

"These guys earned it," said Jr. Kings 16U AAA Major head coach Jack Bowkus. "They're outstanding hockey players and great young men, and there's no question both have bright futures in store."

Defenseman Noah Kim, a former Jr. King, was selected with the 14th pick in the seventh round by Dubuque.

Phase I of the USHL Draft was reserved for 2000-born players.

Phase II of the USHL Draft will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, May 3) and is open to all junior-eligible players for the 2016-17 season (1996-2000 birth years).

The USHL is widely considered North America’s premier junior league when it comes to developing players for NCAA Division I hockey. It also regularly produces top NHL draft picks.

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