Collegeville's McCarthy makes U.S. hockey team

Collegeville's Christopher McCarthy received an early birthday present yesterday.

The forward, who turns 17 today, was named to USA Hockey's 2008 U.S. under-18 select team.

The squad is scheduled to participate in the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament on Aug. 12-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

"I was surprised even though I had a good camp," said McCarthy, referring to the 2008 USA Hockey Select 17 player development camp that was held July 7-13 at the National Hockey Center at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. "I scored five goals in five games."

On July 25, McCarthy said he would play in college for Boston College, fulfilling a childhood dream.

"When I was a little kid, I was looking forward to playing for that school," said McCarthy, who has been playing hockey since he was 4.

The Eastern European tournament includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. McCarthy is one of 21 players from 13 states on the U.S. squad.

A junior at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., McCarthy said his goal is to turn pro and play for the Flyers. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said he played for the Team Comcast under-16 team and the Valley Forge Minutemen before he went to Berkshire.

The year-round hockey player attended St. Eleanor Elementary School in Collegeville, where his parents, Martin and Maureen, live with their daughters, Maureen, 12, and Sophia, 8.

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