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4 grads tabbed by NHL Central Scouting

By Brian McDonough 10/27/2020, 10:00am PDT

Four former Los Angeles Jr. Kings - forward Andre Gasseau and defensemen Shai Buium, Aidan Hreschuk and Ty Murchison - were recognized by NHL Central Scouting on its “Players to Watch” list for 2021 draft-eligibles.

Jeff Turcotte - Head MDAAA 16U / Asst PWAA2 / BNAAA2

One of the most prominent youth coaches in Southern California, Jeff Turcotte boasts am impressive resume that includes 16 California Amateur Hockey Association state championships, eight Pacific District titles and six trips to the USA Hockey National Championships where he’s twice led his team to a gold medal.

Turcotte, who began his coaching career 17 years ago with the Pasadena Maple Leafs, also coached with the California Wave and LA Hockey Club/LA Selects programs before joining the Jr. Kings in 2012. Over the years, he’s helped develop a number of professional, NCAA and high-level junior standouts.

A co-founder of the Wave, Turcotte helped guide a team that included defenseman Jonathan Blum, who went on to become the first California-born-and-trained player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (23rd overall by the Nashville Predators in 2007), to runner-up finishes at the USA Hockey National Championships at the Midget AAA and Bantam AAA levels. The team proved victorious at a prestigious international Bantam tournament in Kamloops, British Columbia, in 2004.

His gold medals at the USA Hockey National Championships came at the Bantam AAA levels in 2003 with the Wave and 2006 with the LA Selects.

Jeff Turcotte

Brad Stuart - Assistant PWAAA1 / PWAAA2

Brad Stuart is a former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in over 1000 career games in the National Hockey League (NHL).  Stuart was drafted in the first round, 3rd overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.

On February 10, 2007, he was traded to the Calgary Flames along with Wayne Primeau. After the end of the season, Stuart signed a one-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings traded Stuart to the Detroit Red Wings on February 26, 2008 for a second round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth round draft pick in 2009. On June 4, 2008, Stuart won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings.  On July 1, 2014, with the Sharks intent on getting younger, Stuart accepted a trade to provide a veteran presence to the Colorado Avalanche where he eventually ended his NHL career with 1198 games, 90 goals, 295 assists and 614 PIMs over a 16 year career.

Brad Stuart

Kelly Sorensen - Assistant Coach PWAAA1 2007

Kelly Sorensen grew up playing youth and junior hockey in his native Newmarket, Ontario, before earning a full scholarship to attend and play his NCAA Division I hockey at Ferris State University.

A forward who skated four years with the then-Central Collegiate Hockey Association program - he dressed in 143 regular-season games and totaled 23 goals for 76 points for the Big Rapids, Mich.-based school - Sorensen was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1991.

After graduating from Ferris State in 1992, he went on to play five games in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Red Wings and Rochester Americans and 195 regular-season and playoff games for the East Coast Hockey League’s Hampton Roads Admirals.

With Hampton Roads, Sorensen tallied 43 goals for 99 points to go along with 496 penalty minutes and was honored as one of the top 30 performers in franchise history.

In addition to his coaching duties - he’s been championing a tough, honest approach behind the Jr. Kings’ bench since 2011 - Sorensen also serves as the organization’s executive director - a role he’s held for five-plus years.

As executive director, Sorensen has combined both his business and hockey acumen to help bolster the Jr. Kings’ Financial Assistance Program, as well as drive the athletic, academic and social advancement of every one of its players.

During his tenure, the Jr. Kings have also groomed dozens of players for the high-level junior, NCAA and professional hockey ranks and advanced over a dozen teams to the USA Hockey National Championships.

Sorensen, who earned his executive MBA from Loyola Marymount University, is also the Executive Vice President of a financial real estate company in the Los Angeles area.

Kelly Sorensen