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Leonard, McInnis named to US NTDP Evaluation Camp roster

Only two Massachusetts kids were selected to participate in the USA Hockey NTDP Evaluation Camp.

USA Hockey's Jim Johansson is one of the men that will have a hand in picking the final roster for the USNTDP U-17 team.
USA Hockey's Jim Johansson is one of the men that will have a hand in picking the final roster for the USNTDP U-17 team.
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John Leonard has the biggest hockey game of his young life to play in Thursday evening at the Tsongas Center on the campus of UMass Lowell, but he has an even bigger individual opportunity later this month.

The crafty Springfield Cathedral winger has officially been invited to take part in this month's USA Hockey National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp. The UMass commit is the second leading scorer on Brian Foley's Panthers, behind only Holy Cross commit Peter Crinella.

Luke McInnis, son of former Boston College Eagle and NHL veteran Marty, is a smooth-skating defenseman for Hingham High School. The Harbormen underperformed this season, due largely to a few players heading to the prep school ranks, but McInnis performed admirably.

Leonard and McInnis are the only two Massachusetts players invited to the camp. Bishop Hendricken (RI) forward Jamie Armstrong and NJ Rockets (19U) defenseman Chad Krys out of Ridgefield, Conn. are the only other New England born players to make the camp.

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.