20 in 20: Bloodline Hockey

Jun 15, 2021 | Craig Peterson

A player from Bloodline Hockey skates up the ice with the puck at the 2019 World Selects Invitational.

A closer look at each of the 20 teams participating at the 2021 World Selects Trophy.

The ‘20 in 20’ series takes a deep dive into each of the 20 teams competing at the historic World Selects Trophy in Nashville, Tennessee on June 28th. This 15U tournament is set to feature the best players in the age group from around the world with players from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Today, we take a closer look at Bloodline Hockey.

BLOODLINE HOCKEY

Headed by coach Vince Malts, Bloodline Hockey’s mission is to enable good hockey players to become great players by unleashing their true potential through mental conditioning training. Malts has coached at the professional and amateur levels for more than 20 years. He’s also fielded spring teams for the World Selects series for more than a decade. The 2021 team is packed with players from New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, as well as four players from California.

It is a dynamic group with several players fresh off of Top-10 seasons. Forwards Matthew Frost (Team Maryland) and Walker Bright (Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers) should carry the load offensively. Frost is a tall, athletic player with a versatile skill set and Bright is a quick-footed skater with a special set of hands. Tory Pitner from the LA Jr. Kings and Zachary Skowronek from Team Maryland are big, tough defensemen on the back end; expect them to clog up lanes and give opponents fits as well.

With 18 players from 14 different winter programs and seven different U.S. states overall, Bloodline may have one of the most diverse rosters among the field of teams in the tournament. Nashville will be Bloodline’s third consecutive appearance in the event, as the program looks to advance to the elimination rounds for the first time. 

WHH is providing exclusive coverage of the 2021 World Selects Trophy. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for the latest news regarding the international tournament later this month.

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