Selects Hockey alum Troy Terry made his NHL debut on Tuesday night for the Anaheim Ducks. This came just hours after the University of Denver alum signed a three-year entry-level contract with the organization.
Terry skated with the ‘97 West Coast Selects team from 2010 to 2012 and competed in the North American Prospects Showcase (NAPS) in Buffalo. He also traveled to and competed in Europe with the same Selects team before ultimately landing at the University of Denver.
“I coached Troy for three springs and summers [as a youth hockey player] and first and foremost, just a really incredible kid and family,” said LGS Hockey Director Travis Howe. “I am not one bit surprised he signed with an NHL team. He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached. His hockey I.Q. and character are second to none.”
Terry is the second alum from that ‘97 Selects team to make his NHL debut in the last two seasons,, joining former teammate Blake Speers, who made his debut with the New Jersey Devils in October 2017.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Terry didn’t always have the size and strength he has now. In fact, Howe remembered the feisty forward as a late developer who had to find other ways to elevate his game at a young age.
“He was 5-foot-nothing when everyone else around him was 6-foot,” Howe said. “I think that’s what really helped him develop his hockey I.Q. playing at a smaller size than everyone else back then.”
The Ducks are currently in the second wild card position in the Western Conference and Terry joins the team with just six games remaining in the regular season, hoping to make a significant playoff push.