Five with Jr. Kings ties selected in USHL Draft

Two Los Angeles Jr. Kings who played on the program’s 16U AAA Major team this past season - forwards Cole Guttman and Jake McGrew - were selected in Phase I of this year’s United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft, which was conducted yesterday (Monday, May 4).

Guttman, from Northridge, was chosen in the sixth round by the Dubuque Fighting Saints, while McGrew, an Orange native, was picked in the very next round by the Fargo Force.

Two former Jr. Kings - forwards Cam Hausinger and Cooper Haar - were also selected in Phase I of the draft.

The Chicago Steel picked Hausinger in the first round (seventh overall). An Alaska native, Hausinger played this past season with Skipjacks Hockey Club in the U.S. Premier Hockey League’s 16U division.

The Force chose Haar in the third round. The Huntington Beach native skated this past season with the Chicago Young Americans in the High Performance Hockey League’s 16U division.

Phase I of the USHL Draft was reserved for 1999-born players.

In Phase II of the draft, which took place the next day and was open to all junior-eligible players for the 2015-16 season (1995-99 birth years), forward Jared Christy, who played for the Jr. Kings' 16U AAA Major team in 2014-15, was selected by Dubuque.

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.

For more information on the USHL Draft, visit USHL.com.