Three players who competed over full seasons in the National Collegiate Development Conference in 2021-22 were selected by National Hockey League teams on Saturday in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Additionally, one former Midget standout who played two full seasons was selected, along with two players who played more briefly with NCDC teams in past years. The USPHL congratulates all of these individuals for their selections in the NHL Draft and wish them the best of luck going forward.
Details on each player:
Chase Clark, G, Jersey Hitmen
Washington Capitals, 6th round, 183rd overall
Clark, a 2002-born native of Williamsville, N.Y., was immense for the Dineen Cup champion Hitmen, playing in 22 regular season games followed by a pair of playoff games - including the Cup-clinching victory.
He posted a regular season save percentage of .935, and followed that up with a .952 mark in his playoff performances.
Shane Lachance, LW, Boston Junior Bruins
Edmonton Oilers, 6th round, 186th overall
A native of Andover, Mass., and a Boston University commit, Lachance played in 25 games for the Junior Bruins this past season, scoring six goals and nine assists for 15 points. He also added a goal and five assists for six points in six playoff games as the Junior Bruins reached the Dineen Cup semifinal round. Lachance is the grandson of college hockey coaching legend Jack Parker and son of former BU and NHL player Scott Lachance.
Sam Lipkin, C, Rockets Hockey Club
Arizona Coyotes, 7th round, 223rd overall
Lipkin, a native of Lafayette Hill, Pa., was with the Rockets for 19 games during the 2021-22 regular season, posting 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points before moving on to a strong Tier-1 season in the USHL. Lipkin is a Quinnipiac University recruit.
Nate Benoit, D, Northern Cyclones (2017-19)
Minnesota Wild, 6th round, 182nd overall
Benoit, a native of Bow, N.H., played regularly for the Northern Cyclones USPHL 15U (then known as 16U Futures) and USPHL 16U Division teams between 2017-19. In his USPHL Midget career, he posted totals of 61 games played with 10 goals and 42 assists. The University of North Dakota recruit also saw a 3-game NCDC call-up with the Cyclones in 2018-19.
Additional former USPHL players
Arsenii Sergeyev, G, Rockets Hockey Club (2019-20)
Calgary Flames, Round 7, 205th overall
Sergeyev played in four NCDC games during the 2019-20 season, and earned a .926 save percentage. He is a University of Connecticut recruit.
Cameron MacDonald, C/LW, Connecticut Jr. Rangers (2018-19)
Tampa Bay Lightning, Round 5, 160th Overall
MacDonald, a native of Hammonds Plains, N.S., is currently playing major junior hockey. Along the way of cutting his teeth, he played one game with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers in the NCDC in 2018-19, scoring a goal in that debut as well.
Matty Beniers, selected second overall on Friday evening by the expansion Seattle Kraken, played youth hockey within the South Shore Kings organization.