The Empire Junior Hockey League would like to congratulate alumni Shane Prince (Maksymum) and Troy Vance (Philadelphia) for their selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Prince was drafted by the Ottawa Senators with the 61stoverall pick. The Spencerport, NY, native played for Maksymum Stars back in the 2007-08 season as a 15-year-old. He then made the jump to the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers, where he played for one and a half years before being traded to the Ottawa 67’s. He posted 25 goals and 63 assists in 59 games this past year and was one of 40 skaters invited to try out for Team USA’s entry into the 2012 World Junior Championships.
Vance became the first NHL Draft Pick from the Philadelphia Revolution when the Dallas Stars called his name in the 5thround (135thoverall). An unknown when the season began, Vance played nine games for the Revolution Empire team before joining the EJHL squad. In 18 games, the defenseman posted a goal and two assists before being traded to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Victoriaville Tigres. The Goshen, NY, native was one of the youngest players in this year’s draft class.