Yale Rookie Hopes to Play in IIHF Worlds
COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – Yale first-year defenseman Phil Kemp has been named to the roster of the U.S. National Junior Team's pre-tournament camp in Columbus, Ohio. The camp runs Dec. 15-19 as part of the selection process leading up to the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
The 42nd world championship takes place in Buffalo at the Key Bank Center and Harbor Center, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
Kemp, who has played seven collegiate games and has a goal and two assists, came to New Haven after skating at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn, and with the U.S. National Developmental Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. During those years he also skated for the U.S. Under-18 Team that won the 2016 and 2017 Five Nations Championship.
Those were significant accomplishments, but the highlight of his pre-college career may have been on the bigger stage. Kemp served as co-captain of the 2017 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship U.S. Team that won gold in Slovakia.
The World Juniors are nothing new to Bulldogs. Last year's captain John Hayden '17 played a prominent role in his opportunity. Kemp's captain, Ryan Hitchcock '18, helped the U.S. take a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Juniors in Finland.
Kemp, a Greenwich native, and the Elis finish off the first part of the 2017-18 schedule this Saturday night at Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena with a game against Sacred Heart.