Carroll, Hodges, Kanzig, Nelson, and Ben Walker off to NHL camps


Corey St. Laurent

July 8, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals today announced that forwards Austin Carroll, Steven Hodges, Logan Nelson and Ben Walker as well as defenceman Keegan Kanzig will be attending National Hockey League (NHL) development camps this week.

Carroll will attend the Calgary Flames’ 2013 Development Camp as an invitee. The camp begins on July 10th and runs through July 15th at the Winsport Winter Sport Institute in Calgary. The 6-3, 204 lb winger has spent the past two seasons with the Royals. Over 129 regular season games played, Carroll has posted 62 points (23g-39a) to go along with 232 penalty minutes. In eight career games of post-season action with Victoria, the Scottsdale,  AZ native has notched three goals and one assist.

Hodges, drafted in 2012 by the Florida Panthers in the third round, 84th overall, will be attending the Panthers’ 2013 Development Camp. The camp begins today and runs through July 12th at the JetBlue Practice Facility in Coral  Springs, Florida. The Delta, BC native has skated with the franchise for three seasons and has amassed 110 points (54g-56a) and 173 penalty minutes in 195 games. The 6-0, 190 lb centre has also appeared in 13 Western Hockey League (WHL) playoff games during his career. Hodges has collected 10 points (2g-8a) with six minutes in penalties in the post-season.

Kanzig will also be skating in Calgary’s camp after he was selected in the third round, 67th overall, by the club in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 6-5, 238 lb rearguard has spent two seasons with Victoria for a total of 133 games with nine assists and 225 penalty minutes. Kanzig has also played in 10 post-season games where he has put up one goal and 18 minutes in penalties.

Buffalo Sabres’ 2012 draft choice Logan Nelson will attend the team’s Development Camp between July 10th-12th at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The Rogers, MN native was Buffalo’s fifth round, 133rd overall, selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-1, 181 lb centre has skated for the Royals in 120 contests over the past two seasons and has put up 105 points (37g-68a) and 111 penalty minutes over that span. In 10 WHL post-season games, Nelson has registered 10 points (2g-8a) and 12 penalty minutes.

Ben Walker, an Edina, MN resident, has been invited to attend the Minnesota Wild’s 2013 Development Camp taking place at the Xcel Energy Center in St.Paul, MN between July 9th-14th. Walker, who joined the team in November of 2011, has skated in 105 games for Victoria and has tallied 86 points (27g-59a) as well as 81 penalty minutes. The 5-11, 181 lb winger has collected nine points (4g-5a) and four minutes in penalties in the playoffs with Victoria.

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