Starting this Friday, the Springfield Jr. Blues will be hosting their annual Draft Camp. Springfield has used this camp to identify relatively unknown players, help them reach their potential as a hockey player and assist them in receiving NCAA scholarships. The camp is open to all hockey players.
This week, the Springfield Jr. Blues will be highlighting a recent success story everyday from past Draft Camps, including when they attended, their success in Springfield and where they are at currently in their hockey careers.
#25 Brady Tomlak-Forward
In 2014, Brady Tomlak attended the Springfield Jr. Blues Draft Camp with the hopes of impressing the Springfield coaches. After a successful Draft Camp, the Oakland, Michigan native was invited back to Springfield’s Main Camp with the opportunity to make the team’s roster.
Tomlak played well enough during the Main Camp to join the team as a free agent for the 2014-15 season. During his rookie season, Tomlak played in all but 2 of Springfield’s games and led the team in goals.
The next season, the Springfield coaching staff saw the leadership that Tomlak brought to the team and named him the team Captain. Tomlak responded with his best junior season, leading Springfield in points while playing in all 60 games.
In his second season with Springfield, Tomlak committed to continue his hockey career at Air Force Academy. This past season, as a Freshman, the former Springfield Captain played in 38 games while scoring 5 goals and tallying 13 assists.
Air Force Academy made their first NCAA Tournament since 2012 this past season. In the tournament, Tomlak played in the team’s victory over Western Michigan in the Round of 16 and the 3-2 loss to #3 Harvard in the quarterfinals. In the loss to Harvard, Tomlak scored his first NCAA post-season goal (pictured above).
The Draft Camp begins Friday at The Nelson Center with games at 5:00pm and will run through Sunday. The camp is FREE for fans to attend and will feature and equipment sale on Saturday morning from 9am-12pm.