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Tourney enhances experience, profile

Bachman

– If Karch Bachman needed any reminder of how big a deal it was to play, and play well, at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup this month, he needed only to go into the stands.

“You would go up there after every game, and you would see scouts from every NHL team. There’s Steve Yzerman, who’s the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. There’s Kris Draper, (assistant to the general manager) of the Detroit Red Wings. You just kept seeing all these NHL jackets.”

Bachman, a 17-year old from Wolcottville, was in the tournament – held in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Pieif $Capital { return "Š" } else { return "š" }any, Slovakia – skating for the United States’ Under-18 Select Team.

After going 2-1 in group play, the U.S. lost 11-5 to eventual-champion Canada in the semifinals and then took the bronze with a 5-4 overtime victory over Sweden.

“It was a long trip, and it was definitely a great experience, no doubt,” Bachman said. “The hockey was the best part. We didn’t get to do a lot of sightseeing. The main focus was on winning. We didn’t get the gold, but we did get a medal, so that was good.

“But more than anything, getting to put on that USA jersey was cool. I got chills every time I did it.”

Bachman, a forward who plays for Culver Military Academy, had three goals and four points in five games. He skated mostly on the third or fourth line, but in 4-on-4 overtime he was one of the top four forwards, and he had a couple of short-handed goals by using his speed.

“I believe I played pretty well,” he said. “It was definitely a different style of play, and I was playing against a different sort of player. I mean, these are the best kids in the country and the world, not like what I would play against at Culver or in AAA hockey. I’m a smaller guy who uses his speed, so I had to make sure I always kept my head up.”

One of the highlights was playing against the Czech Republic in front of 1,200 fans Aug. 11. On its home turf, with Czech referees, 15 of the game’s 21 penalties were called on the U.S., which lost 4-2. The other big highlight was taking on Canada on Aug. 15.

“Playing Canada was pretty cool,” Bachman said. “These guys will go in the first round of the NHL draft. I’d played against some of them before. But they’re more developed and bigger sorts of players. I won’t say they’re faster – that’s my strength – but you learn a lot going up against that caliber of player.”

Bachman has already committed to playing college hockey for Miami (Ohio). He’s working toward graduating from Culver a year early so he can aid his hockey development by playing juniors in the United States Hockey League in 2015-16 before he starts college.

But he’s clearly on the radar of NHL scouts and could be drafted, as Fort Wayne’s Blake Siebenaler was this year by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

jcohn@jg.net

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