Kemp, Hall Have Great Experience
KAMLOOPS, BC - Phil Kemp and Curtis Hall, a pair of young Yale Hockey players, helped Team USA win five of seven games at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase at Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C., earlier this month.
"I thought the Team USA experience went well for me. It was my second time at the camp, so I knew what to expect," said Kemp, a sophomore defenseman. "I thought I played well and played my role well. I know I can be a leader on that team. After getting cut last year (in December before the World Juniors), it definitely fired me up for this year."
Kemp, a sophomore for the Bulldogs, played in five games as a defensive defenseman, blocking shots and killing penalties while making some offensive contributions when needed.
"It is an honor and privilege to throw on the USA Jersey. It is a dream of mine to play in a World Junior championship, and I will do whatever it takes to make the team. I know I must have a big first half of the (college) year. I'm confident in my game, and I know I can help that [USA] team win."
Hall, who will be a first-year forward for the Elis this season, was drafted by the Boston Bruins last spring as the 119th overall pick. He played two seasons for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, where he tallied 52 points in 113 games.