Two Juneau athletes who grew up playing for the Juneau Douglas Ice Association will showcase their talent at upcoming regional development camps.
Emma Kaelke, 13, and Corey Box, 14 advanced to regional camps following a December tryout in Anchorage.
The two are coached by Juneau-Douglas High School assistant hockey coach Luke Adams, Ian Leary, James Harvey and Kaelke’s father, Mark.
Kaelke, a defenseman, leaves first for the Pacific District girls’ camp, which includes 144 players from six states.
She’ll vie for a spot on the USA Hockey National Select Player Development Camp, to be held later this summer.
Kaelke was one of four defense players from her age group at the statewide tryout.
The Floyd Dryden seventh grader travels to the Seattle area for a three-day workout beginning April 25.
Coaches, including those from college and Olympic programs, will evaluate players for the right to advance to the national camp in July.
“Emma has a strong skating ability that has led to her developing keen hockey senses and vision of the ice,” Adams said. The experience, he said, will allow Kaelke “to compete against excellent competition, but also continue to learn how to play girls hockey.”
Box, an eighth grader at Dzantik’I Heeni Middle School, competed in a statewide tryout among 48 other players.
Box emerged as one of 22 Alaska players who will attend the west region player development camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., in June.
His camp will have players from a wider region than Kaelke’s.
Box will be among about 180 players who will be divided into 10 teams run by coaches from Division I and III programs, various levels of Junior leagues and prep schools.
Box will receive five days of training, including evening games in front of about three dozen scouts from junior and college teams.
“For Corey, this will offer an intense level of training and competition both mentally and physically that he will really enjoy,” Adams said. “In addition, he will get exposure to a much faster paced game which should push him to improve as time goes on.“
Kaelke and Box join Juneau Douglas High School forward Dalton L’Allier, a sophomore varsity player, in advancing from the Alaska Select winter camps.