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2018-01-17 / Local News

Clark named MVP of top prospects game

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by PATRICK J. NAGY


Williamsville’s Chase Clark, left, stands with former NHL coach Don Cherry after being named a game MVP at the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game. 
Photo courtesy of Erin Riley, Greater Toronto Hockey League Williamsville’s Chase Clark, left, stands with former NHL coach Don Cherry after being named a game MVP at the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game. Photo courtesy of Erin Riley, Greater Toronto Hockey League Hockey has consumed Chase Clark’s life, and all of his hard work led the 15-year-old Williamsville resident to earn a prestigious honor.

The 6-foot-3 goalie was named most valuable player for Team Clark-Weaver-Corson at the ninth annual Greater Toronto Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game, presented by Under Armour, Dec. 12, at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto.

Clark, who played the second half of the second period and was pulled late in the third period for an extra skater, made 26 saves and did not allow a goal.

Clark was one of the league’s top 40 Minor Midget AAA players — and one of four goalies — selected to play. The game also featured six NHL alumni as celebrity coaches. Wendel Clark, Mike Weaver and Shayne Corson coached Clark’s team, and Adam Graves, Darcy Tucker and Wayne Primeau coached the other team.

Clark has played for the GTHL’s Toronto Young Nationals since August.

“I was really surprised to be named MVP,” Clark said. “It’s my first year in the league, and I am just a kid from Buffalo.”

Clark’s performance even got mentioned by former NHL coach and current hockey commentator Don Cherry during a recent “Coaches Corner” segment on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada.” Cherry was in attendance for the top prospects game.

“It was a really fun experience,” Clark said.

The GTHL is the largest amateur hockey organization in the world. National Hockey League stars Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames are among the many NHL players who have participated in the top prospects game.

Playing in the GTHL allows Chase to get noticed by Ontario Hockey League scouts and play high-level competition. Clark is hoping to be selected in the Ontario Hockey League 2018 OHL draft in April. Clark was invited to the OHL goalie development camp on Dec. 11.

Clark, who attended Williamsville East as a freshman, is attending his sophomore year at Everest Academy, a private school in Thornhill, Ontario.

Clark has put in the work to improve his craft, learning from Martin Biron and John Daigneau at the Academy of Hockey at HarborCenter, and playing spring and summer hockey with the East Coast Selects. In 2014, Clark played for the East Coast Selects 2002 boys team at the World Selects Invitational in Bolzano, Italy. Last year he played travel hockey for the Buffalo Regals.

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