Two of Saint John’s first round picks in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft have been in Calgary over the past few days taking part in the Hockey Canada’s under-17 development camp.
Both forward Joseph Veleno and goaltender Alex D’Orio were members of Team Black at the camp. The team finished with a 1-2 record, winning their first game 4-0 before dropping their next two games 3-2 and 5-4, respectively.
Veleno was held pointless in all three games and recorded four penalty minutes. Obviously, being an “exceptional” player, there were some eyes focused on him. From the limited coverage there was of the camp, reviews seemed to be positive.
@BruceMacDougal1 Joseph Veleno as I mentioned before forget stats - He was excellent - Speed & skating were top notch see the ice very well— Kevin Chambers (@HCCanucklehead) August 4, 2015
Alex D’Orio is putting on a clinic right now to keep Black in front. Ooo Joseph Veleno is on the ice, be right back.— Lucas Punkari (@lpunkari) August 3, 2015
D’Orio played half of all of Team Black’s games. He made 14 saves in the team’s opening win, helping secure a shutout. He then allowed three goals on 12 shots in the following match and then one goal on nine shots in the final game. Overall he allowed four goals on 35 shots, good for a .886 save percentage.
SJ draft pick Alex D'Orio doing a good job keeping team Black ahead 2-1 with under 10 to go. @HC_WU17— Jonathan Dunphy (@Jonathan_Dunphy) August 3, 2015
The duo seemed to have a good time.
Thanks to all the organisation of @HockeyCanada 🍁 for this week! #black #calgary pic.twitter.com/tjxsGAfLXz— Alex D'orio (@goalie_dor99) August 4, 2015
— joseph veleno (@jveleno91) August 5, 2015
Up next for the two: Sea Dogs training camp. Players will report this Sunday and hit the ice on Monday.