Four players from the Washington County Youth Hockey Association made the most of their opportunity in the 10th Annual Kohlman Cup all-star hockey tournament and have been selected to play for Team Wisconsin this summer.
It’s the first time in the history of the WCYHA that multiple players in the same year have been selected to play for Team Wisconsin and the first time since 2011 a player from Washington County has been chosen. “This is a tremendous honor for these four players and the WCYHA," said Eddie MacDonald, Director of Player Development for the WCYHA. "These boys were selected based on their tremendous play during the Kohlman Cup weekend. But they have each played at a very high level all season long," MacDonald added. “Not only will they be representing Washington County, they will be representing the state of Wisconsin and this will be something that they will never forget.”
During the 3 game showcase tournament Ethan Coughlin and Charlie Werner led their 2001 Region 5 team in all offensive statistics. Coughlin, a forward, scored 2 goals and added 5 assists on the weekend with Werner, a defensemen, also scoring 2 goals with 4 assists. “Ethan and Charlie played very well all weekend,” said Region 5 and WCYHA PeeWee A Head Coach Al Haga. “They both deserve this honor and I am proud of what they have done all season.”
Brady MacDonald and Noah Grannan were the standouts on the 2002 Region 5 all-star team. MacDonald, a center, led the 2002 team in scoring with 3 goals and 3 assists. MacDonald was credited with points on 6 of the 7 goals the 2002 Region 5 team scored over the weekend. Grannan was dominant in goal for Region 5 stopping 40 of 42 shots for an amazing .952 save percentage. “It’s tough the first time you play in a showcase like this,” added Haga who coached MacDonald and Grannan during the season. “Brady and Noah were focused and played solid in every game.”
“There are roughly seventeen-hundred 2001 and 2002 birth year hockey players throughout the state,” Eddie MacDonald said. “There are 23 spots available on both of the 2001 and 2002 teams. When you think about what these boys have accomplished by being selected, it’s incredible.”
Both of the 2001 and 2002 Team Wisconsin squads will participate in a weekend long developmental camp in Stevens Point prior to playing in a tournament in Minnesota. Team Wisconsin will take on other Midwestern state teams as well as teams from Canada in July.