July 23, 2010

Little Leading Scorer at Red Wings Camp Scrimmage

BULLDOG NETS TWO IN REGULATION, ADDS SHOOTOUT TALLY

DETROIT, Mich. - Broc Little showed the Detroit Red Wings why he led Division I college hockey with .79 goals per game in 2009-10 while skating at the National Hockey League annual development camp in Detroit's City Arena on July 13.

The Yale skater heading into his senior season tallied twice in regulation and added a shootout goal in Team Lidstrom's 5-4 win over Team Zetterberg in the camp's scrimmage finale. The undrafted Bulldog, who had 27 goals in 34 games last winter, certainly made his presence known among the Red Wings' top selections by earning top-scoring honors that day.

The scrimmage included three 15-minute periods with a running clock, going from 5-on-5 in the first, to 4-on-4 in the second and 3-on-3 in the third. Five players from each team participated in a shootout between periods.

According to the Red Wings' official website, redwings.nhl.com, Little scored his first to make it 2-0 for Team Zetterberg. Later, the 5-foot-9 Eli received a long pass, fired off a shot, and buried his own rebound — all while fending off an opposing player.

"The Detroit camp was a great experience for me. Detroit is one of the best organizations in the league and it was an honor for me to get invited to their camp," said Little. "I learned a lot from their power skating and stick-handling coaches as well as the practice staff. It was a great opportunity to play with some of their top draft picks and show the organization what I can do."

The camp was scheduled for the home of the Red Wings but got moved at the last minute.

"We were only supposed to scrimmage once. Because of the power outage at Joe Louis Arena, we played three games, which gave me a better chance to show my skills," said the Bulldogs' leading returning scorer. 

Little, who led the nation in shorthanded goals as a sophomore, has 53 goals and 99 points in 95 career college games. He was a 2009-10 RBK Second-Team All-America pick and has been named All-ECAC Hockey twice.

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director