Hockey PEI Staff | September 15th, 2021

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Seven Islanders are currently participating in National Hockey League Development Camps: 

ZACH BIGGAR (PORTAGE, PE) – NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Zach Biggar is in attendance at the New Jersey Devils Development Camp. The 18-year-old defenceman suited up for 33 games last season in the QMJHL’s COVID-19 season and would record 11 total points. A Hockey PEI High Performance Program alumni, Biggar was named to the 2019 Canada Winter Games team, attended the U16 QMJHL Gatorade Challenge and was also selected to Hockey PEI’s Atlantic Challenge Cup teams. Biggar played his Major U15 AAA career with the Prince County Warriors before moving up to the Kensington Wild of the NBPEIMU18 Hockey League. He saw the ice for 47 Maritime Hockey League games with the Summerside Western Capitals and recorded 42 points before making the jump to major junior. 

THOMAS CASEY (CHARLOTTETOWN, PE) – BUFFALO SABRES

CHARLIE DESROCHES (DAYS CORNER, PE) – BUFFALO SABRES

Thomas Casey comes off an impressive career-high season with 74 points recorded in 38 QMJHL games. The Charlottetown native who recently committed to the University of New Brunswick Reds Hockey Program is currently attending his second NHL camp, this go around with the Buffalo Sabres. In 2019, Casey attended Detroit’s NHL Development Camp. The left-handed forward played the first year of his U15 AAA hockey eligibility with the Charlottetown Abbies before making the switch to the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan. Casey would remain with the Hounds for the rest of his U15 and U18 playing years but would return to PEI to suit up for the Charlottetown Islanders in 2017. The hometown boy for 4 seasons with the Islanders was also a Hockey PEI High Performance Program member having played on the 2015 Canada Winter Games team, competing at the U16 QMJHL Gatorade Challenge and competing at the Atlantic Challenge Cup three times, once as an underage player. 

Charlie DesRoches is also attending Buffalo’s Development Camp. The 19-year-old defenceman has been with the Sea Dogs of the QMJHL for the past 3 seasons. He just came off a 26 point season in 32 games. DesRoches suited up for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with Team Canada in 2018-19 and also attended the U17 Development Camp prior to his selection. The Hockey PEI High Performance Program alumni competed at all provincial team events including the Atlantic Challenge Cup and the U16 QMJHL Gatorade Challenge. The Days Corner native played his Major U15 AAA career in Prince County with the Warriors before joining the Kensington Wild of the NBPEIMU18 Hockey League. In the 2017-18 season, DesRoches made the move across the border to suit up for the South Kent School Selects Hockey Academy.

COLE LARKIN (MERMAID, PE) – ST. LOUIS BLUES

Cole Larkin is currently participating in the ST. Louis Blues Development Camp. The 19 year old defenceman from Mermaid, PEI has spent his last three (3) seasons with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, two of the three being full time with the team. He split his 2018-19 season with the Charlottetown Major U18 franchise before making the jump to the QMJHL where he now has 132 regular season games under his belt. Prior to his Major U18 playing days, Larkin spent his U15 Major AAA career with the Eastern Express. The calm cool collected defenceman is also an alumni of Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program having represented PEI at the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Atlantic Challenge Cup along with the 2017-18 U16 Gatorade Challenge. 

BENNETT MACARTHUR (SUMMERSIDE, PE) – ARIZONA COYOTES 

MacArthur is currently at Arizona Coyotes Development camp. The Summerside native tallied 40 points in 33 games with the Titan in the QMJHL this season. This was MacArthur’s first full season with the team after splitting the 2019-20 season in the MHL with the Summerside Western Capitals and the Titans for the second half. The 20-year-old left-handed forward was also a part of Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program, having suited up for Team PEI at the Atlantic Challenge Cup for his U14 and U15 years along with competing at the U16 QMJHL Gatorade Challenge. MacArthur played his Major U15 AAA career with the Prince County Warriors in O’Leary before making the jump to the NBPEIMU18 Hockey League with the Kensington Wild in 2016-17. He would then change paths and attend Rothesay Netherwood School for the 2017-18 season before coming back to the Wild in 2018-29 and recording 35 points in only 26 games played. 

JEREMY MCKENNA (SUMMERSIDE, PE) – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Summerside’s Jeremy McKenna has been busy since the start of last season. He is currently participating in the Toronto Maple Leafs Development Camp.  The 22-year-old right winger split last season between the ECHL and the AHL. McKenna suited up for 20 regular season games with the Wichita Thunder of the coast league before making the jump to the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, playing 28 games recording 13 points. With a shot like his, it’s no secret to why McKenna tallied 282 points over the course of his 259 regular season QMJHL career with the Moncton Wildcats. Prior to his time in the QMJHL, Mckenna spent time at the Red Bull Hockey Academy in Austria along with the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan. McKenna also played one year of his U15 eligibility with the Summerside AAA Capitals. The Hockey PEI High Performance Program alumni represented PEI at four events including two years at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, one Canada Winter Games and the U16 Gatorade Challenge. 

JORDAN SPENCE (CORNWALL, PE) – LOS ANGELES KINGS

Cornwall’s Jordan Spence has excellent on-ice vision and good quick feet with top speed acceleration. These are just some of the reason’s he’s attending Los Angeles’ Development Camp after being drafted by the Kings in 2019. The 20-year-old defenceman followed the path of playing for the Mid Isle Matrix U15 AAA team for two seasons and the Charlottetown Major U18 and Summerside Western Capitals for one season each before making the jump to the QMJHL. Spence played 73 regular season games with the Moncton Wildcats, recording 68 points before getting traded to the Val D’or Foreurs in their quest to capture the President’s Cup where he played 19 regular season games and recorded 24 points. The Hockey PEI High Performance Program alumni suited up for Team PEI at the Atlantic Challenge Cup twice as well as the U16 Gatorade Challenge. Spence was also a part of the QMJHL All-Stars in 2019 and was a part of the 2020 World Juniors Team, claiming the Silver Medal. 

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