This Cam York kid keeps picking up accolades.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ 2019 first-round pick (14th overall) has been named the captain of the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team ahead of the World Junior Championships kicking off on Friday.
“It says a lot about this leadership group being voted in by their teammates. It’s a tremendous honor to be named captains and represent your country” said head coach Nate Leaman (East Greenwhich, R.I.). “This isn’t our team, this is their team. I believe our locker room is filled with leaders, and to be successful each guy will need to step up and be a leader in their own way, whether wearing a letter or not.”
York will be joined by Cole Caufield and Alex Turcotte as alternate captains for Team USA’s first preliminary game against Russia.
“I’m humbled by the guys naming me captain,” said York. “This is a huge honor, and I’m excited for what this team can do. I think this is not just a really talented team, but it’s a great group of guys who really care about one another and have come together well as a team.”
York has been in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program for a while now. He played in both the 2018 and 2019 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championships, earning a silver and bronze medal for Team USA. York set tournament records in 2019 with the most points (17) and assists (13) by a defenseman. He played for Team USA in last year’s World Juniors and is the lone defenseman returning for 2021.
York finished his freshman season at the University of Michigan with 16 points in 30 games. He has five points in the first eight games of his sophomore campaign.
Captain Cam and Team USA will begin the World Junior Championship on Friday night with a game against Russia.