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Dau invited to elite hockey camp

Hudson's Ryan Dau, pictured playing for Team Wisconsin at the USA Hockey U16 National Championships in St. Louis in April, has been selected to participate in the USA Hockey Select 16 Festival June 26-July 2 in Rochester, N.Y. Submitted photo

Ryan Dau of Hudson is one of just seven players from Wisconsin chosen to represent the Central District of USA Hockey at the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp and Festival June 26-July 2 in Rochester, N.Y.

Dau, a sophomore on the 2008-09 Raider hockey team, was also a member of Team Wisconsin that reached the quarterfinals of the USA Hockey U16 National Championships in St. Louis in April.

Team Wisconsin general manager Bill McCoshen said only the best players in the country get invited to USA Hockey's player development camps.

"Ryan is very deserving of the invitation to the USA Hockey Select 16 Festival," McCoshen said. "Only the top players in the country receive this honor. Ryan is a role model for other elite hockey players, both on and off the ice."

Dau was the third leading scorer on the Raider hockey team this season with 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points in 20 regular season games.

Pete Talafous, owner of Total Hockey Training in Hudson, said he has watched Dau work hard to improve his game.

"Ryan's not only an extremely talented and gifted hockey player, but an individual with strong character, great work ethic and a natural love for the game," he said. "We've had the pleasure of working with Ryan and watching him grow both on and off the ice. Making it to the National Select Camp is one of the biggest accomplishments for a player his age."

The purpose of the camps is for USA Hockey to identify, train, educate and evaluate athletes. Individuals are selected by districts to attend the week-long event and are evaluated by USA Hockey's national scouting program as well as college, junior and professional scouts.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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