Aug. 18, 2010 – Ames, Ia. – On August 6th- 8th, five members of Iowa State Cyclone Hockey team attended the 2010 USA Hockey Winter World Games Evaluation Camp, along with Head Coach Alan Murdoch. Murdoch was selected as the General Manager of the Men’s team. Erik Hudson, Brandon Clark, Matt Cohn, James Werner and David Kurbatsky were selected to represent Iowa State at the camp. The camp was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Patterson Ice Center. The players vied for a position to be on U.S. Men’s National University Teams. In order to be considered for the position, the player must play for a Men’s collegiate ice hockey team affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The team will take part in the 2011 Winter World University Games, which will be held January 27th – February 6th, 2011, in Erzurum, Turkey.
At the camp, the players were divided into four different teams, with 20-22 players on each team. They competed in a three-game, round robin set-up. After the camp, the players were chosen for the 2011 U.S. Men’s National University Team. 22 players were selected, along with six alternates. Erik Hudson was selected for this team as one of two goaltenders.
Alan Murdoch- This is Murdoch’s 42nd season with the Iowa State Cyclones. He serves as their Head Coach and General Manager. He has accumulated over 900 career wins. Murdoch has been involved in Cyclone Hockey from the program’s humble beginnings in 1969. Throughout his tenure at Iowa State, Murdoch has seen the program pass many miles stones. In 1992, under Murdoch’s training, the Cyclones became National Champions. This will be Murdoch’s fifth consecutive time serving as the General Manager for the Men’s team at the World University Games. In 2001, Murdoch was the Head Coach for Team USA. The tournament was highlighted by Team USA upsetting the heavily favored Russians 4-2.
Erik Hudson – A three-year letter winner, Erik Hudson is one of three goaltenders for ISU. He is a senior from Spokane, Washington majoring in Business. Hudson had fun at the tryouts and made this comment, “It was an excellent experience to see what the talent level in our league looks like. I was very impressed by the camp and by our players.”
Brandon Clark– A sophomore at Iowa State University, Clark, majors in Business Management. The Spokane, Washington native plays defense for the Cyclones. Brandon spoke of experience at the camp, “I was able to meet and catch up with guys that I used to play with and against. Overall I had a ton of fun and grateful for being given an opportunity like that.”
David Kurbatsky – This ISU forward is a sophomore from San Ramon, Califorina. At Iowa State, he is studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science/Pre Physical Therapy. David spoke of his experience, “It was probably one of the most important tryouts in my life. Fighting for a spot to represent my country is something I have dreamed about my whole life.”
Matt Cohn – As a Centerman, Cohn, is from Hampshire, Illinois. He is a senior, majoring in Business Management. Cohn thought it was an excellent opportunity and experience at the camp. He made this comment, “I enjoyed myself thoroughly and I am thankful to have had such a great hockey experience getting to represent team USA.”
James Werner – A freshman at Iowa State, Werner, majors in Kinesiology. The Orillia, Ontario native plays left wing for the Cyclones. James spoke of his experience, “I had the opportunity to play with and against some of the top players that the ACHA has to offer, and I hope to carry over what I’ve learned for a successful season at ISU.”