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Sports

Hinsdale hockey standout Floodstrand having a good offseason

HINSDALE – One of the most popular offseason activities for hockey players is golfing.

In the midst of a busy summer of hockey-related activity, Michael Floodstrand deserved to hit the links, and that’s exactly what he did July 15.

It was one of the few down days of the summer for the Hinsdale resident. Even on the down days he doesn’t have much time to relax.

“There’s some downtime, but you’re still working out almost everyday,” the 16-year old Fenwick student said. “I’m not skating everyday, but three days a week I’m skating. It’s all sorts of different stuff – lifting, cardio, shooting the puck in the garage.”

Whatever Floodstrand has been doing is obviously working. On May 6 he was selected by the Lincoln (Neb.) Stars in the sixth round of the United States Hockey League Draft, a junior-level league.

“I feel really fortunately and lucky to be drafted,” Floodstrand said. “I wouldn’t say it was expected, but I knew I had a good chance and I’d hoped I would be drafted.”

Another highlight came when he participated in USA Hockey’s player development camp July 7-13.

The camp brought 180 of the top players in the country to Williamsville, N.Y., outside of Buffalo, for a week of workouts and scrimmages.

At the end of the camp, Floodstrand was one of 20 players chosen for the 2013 Under-17 Select National Team, which will compete against Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic at the Five Nations Tournament in Trnava, Slovakia Aug. 14-18.

“Coming out of the development camp they picked the Select team,” Floodstrand said. “It’s awesome. Being able to represent your country is really cool.”

Tory Dello and Vasili Kolias, Floodstrand’s teammates with the AAA Chicago Mission junior midget minor team that won a national title in April, will also be part of the Select team.

Mission teammates Jason Dhooghe, Elliot Gerth and Tanner Laczynski also participated in the development camp while Dello, Kolias, Laczynski, Kip Hoffman and Michael Joyaux were also taken in the USHL draft. Put simply, the Mission has plenty of firepower and Floodstrand is eager to hit the ice with his Mission teammates as they look to defend their national title.

“It starts back up again at the end of August. I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove and start playing games,” Floodstrand said. “The road to nationals is a ways off, but we’re going to keep our eyes on the prize.”

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