Eight Applejacks selected for next month’s Prospects and All-Star games
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Eight Applejacks selected for next month’s Prospects and All-Star games

A hardworking group of eight Wellesley Applejacks players were selected to play in the annual Junior C Prospects game and All-Star game in the new year. For the prospects, Tim Bester, Parker Wood, Jacob Younger, Paul Morra, and Alex Uttley were selected.
Representing the Jacks at the All-Stars game will be Chris Beauchesne, Cal Jefferies, and Reid Denstedt.
General manager Bill Grebinski said it reflects well on the players and the team to have so many selected.
“Tim came to us from Stouffville Tier 2 Junior A hockey, so he’s a very experienced goaltender,” Grebinski said. “His aspiration is to move to Junior B and has been working with our affiliate, the Sugar Kings.”
Bester has a .910 save percentage so far this season.
Wood played for the Jacks last year, too, and came to the team from the Junior B Cambridge Winter Hawks. Grebinski said he’s a young, talented defenceman. He has three assists to date.
“Jacob Younger came to us out the Cambridge AAA and he’s probably one of the rising stars,” Grebinski said. “We see him as the player that is going to develop in the next year or two. He’s going to be one of the leaders for defencemen in the OHA.”
He has one goal and five assists.
Grebinski described Morra as an aggressive hockey player who works to get in the play and create plays. He has six goals and five assists.
“Alex Uttley, he’s one of our young prospects who’s working with the Sugar Kings, too,” Grebinski said. “And he was acquired to us through Ayr. We’ve been very happy with his performance so far.”
The Elmira native has been helping fill in for suspended players for the Sugar Kings lately. He’s earned one assist with the Kings, and six assists and six goals with the Jacks.
Grebinski said the three players going to the all-stars game deserve it. Beauchesne has been with the team for two years and previously played in Waterloo. Grebinski said he’s the “quarterback in the defensive zone.” He has two goals and eight assists.
Jefferies is another second-year player with the Jacks. He has the most points on the team with nine goals and 16 assists.
“He brings leadership, he brings drive, he brings passion and a great attitude, and I think as far as an all-star Cal’s one of the key guys we think will do well in the game,” Grebinski said.
Reid Denstedt has played for the Jacks for four years. Grebinski said he thinks the captain’s leadership will make him a great playmaker for the all-star game. The St. Clements native has racked up 12 goals and seven assists so far.
“It makes me happy that we’ve got so many players on that prospects team. As far as the all-stars are concerned, all three are deserving and have worked their way into that spot.”
Head coach Tim Robb said all of the players learn quickly and take directions well. He echoes Grebinski’s thoughts on Bester.
“Timmy’s obviously experienced, having played Tier 2,” Robb said. “He is probably a major backbone of our team. He’s a competitor through and through. He shows up every game. You never have to get him engaged. He’s always ready to go, he’s always working hard.”
He’s also been working with Uttley to help him move up to Junior B next year.
“I’m helping him to the best of my ability,” Robb said. “It’s just a matter of time and experience. That’s what we’re lacking, a little experience.”
Both games take place on January 4 at the Wilmot Recreation Centre in New Hamburg. The Prospects game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the All-Stars at 7:45. Tickets are $10 and admit you to both games. Children under 12 get in free with an adult.
“I think all of them should have a bright future,” Robb said of those heading to New Hamburg.

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