Submitted by SUNY Oswego
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Two players from the 2009-10 Laker men’s ice hockey team, Neil Musselwhite and Eric Selleck, are seeing their careers extend past Oswego State as they signed professional contracts since the season ended. Selleck signed an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers, while Musselwhite signed with the Hamm Young Stars based in Germany.
Selleck will participate in the Florida Panther Rookie Camp, which will be held Sept. 11-16 in Coral Springs, Florida. The rookie camp serves as a way for all signed rookies to showcase their abilities for the Panther coaching staff, as well as the Rochester Americans (AHL) coaching staff, and culminates in a pair of games against the rookies from the Nashville Predators on the 15th and 16th.
Following rookie camp, Selleck will be invited to attend the Panthers’ official training camp to compete for a spot on Florida’s roster. If he is not picked up by Florida, he will be invited to attend the Rochester Americans camp to compete for a position on their roster. If he does not make the Amerks squad, he will play in either the East Coast or Central League with an opportunity to get called up to play for the Amerks throughout the season.
Musselwhite’s location for the 2010-11 season will be much easier to follow as he is guaranteed a spot on the Hamm Young Stars’ roster of the Oberliga League in Germany.
In two seasons with Oswego State, Selleck recorded 80 points on 34 goals and 46 assists in 54 contests. The Spencerville, Ontario native was recognized by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) as a 2010 RBK Hockey Division III All-America East First Team honoree and finished as runner-up for the 2010 Sid Watson Award, which is symbolic of the nation’s best Division III men’s hockey player. He was selected as the 2010 Herb Hammond Most Valuable Player for the SUNYAC and First Team All-SUNYAC after being named the 2009 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year to become the first player in league history to receive both honors in consecutive seasons. Selleck led Oswego State in scoring in 2009-10 with 21 goals and 33 assists for 54 points.
Musselwhite was named Second Team All-SUNYAC in 2010 and won the Fastest Skater Challenge at the NCAA Division I Frozen Four Skills Challenge with an event-record time of 14.3 seconds. On December 4, 2009, he became is believed to be just the third player in college hockey history to achieve a natural short-handed hat trick when he tallied three short-handed goals in a span of 2:59 against Brockport. Musselwhite finished his career with 76 points on 44 goals and 32 assists in 108 games. He had a breakout senior season scoring a team-leading 23 goals to go along with 13 assists.