Former Jr. Ducks Stefanek, Silverstein and Harris make D-1 Commitments
Long-time Anaheim Jr. Ducks forward Jason Stefanek, who helped the club's 15U AAA team qualify for the USA Hockey Youth Nationals in 2020, has committed to Dartmouth.
Forward Sammy Harris, a teammate of Stefanek's on the Jr. Ducks 14U AAA team that went to Nationals in 2019, has committed to Denver. And goaltender Dylan Silverstein, who played 12U hockey for the Jr. Ducks, committed to Boston College.
The three commits bring the total number of players with ties to the club who have made D-I commits to 33 during the past seven seasons.
Stefanek, who will enroll at Dartmouth in 2023, had 93 points in 69 games in 2019-20, when his squad became the first Jr. Ducks 15U AAA team to qualify for Nationals.
"He was a huge reason we had the success we had," said Jr. Ducks 15U AAA coach David Walker, who coached Stefanek for three seasons. "The biggest thing about Jason is as a coach I knew I could rely on him. He is very athletic, very competitive. He understood the game and always was a good teammate.
"If we were down a goal late in a game I knew I could rely on him to generate offense. If we were up a goal, I could count on him defensively. I was not afraid to put him in any situation, and he excelled against higher-level competition."
Harris, who has 11 points (three goals) in 27 games for Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League, was included in the NHL Central Scouting Service's mid-term rankings. Harris was the 181st-rated North American skater.
Harris will enroll at Denver in 2023 as well.
Silverstein, who plays for the U.S. National Team Development Program, was the third-ranked North American goalie in the mid-term rankings. He has a 13-5 record, a 3.22 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage this season. He is expected to start his Boston College career in 2023.