After an outstanding rookie season, Roman Kraemer earned the call to the USHL.
The Pittsburgh native scored 21 goals and chipped in 17 assists in 58 games played. He earned a place on the All-East Division rookie team.
For his efforts, Kraemer, a 98-birth year forward, was selected by the Youngstown Phantoms in the sixth round of the USHL Draft, one of three Tomahawks to earn that honor this season.
“It was an amazing feeling being drafted in the USHL,” Kraemer said. “I’ve had the opportunity to practice with Youngstown a few times over the last couple of years in hopes at having a chance to make their team. Now, actually being drafted by them and knowing that all the hard work I have put in this past season has paid off feels incredible.”
The Phantoms are coming off a Clark Cup Finals appearance where they fell to the Fargo Force. Several former Tomahawks have called Youngstown their home while playing in the USHL including standouts like Ryan Bednard and Dalton Hunter.
Youngstown, much like Johnstown, is not far from Roman’s hometown of Pittsburgh, so the opportunity to play in front of friends and family is something that Roman is all too familiar with here with the Tomahawks.
“I have been lucky enough to stay close to home throughout my whole hockey career,” Kraemer said. “It’s amazing always having family members come out and support me for home games. Being able to play at the next level and still have the support from my family is truly amazing.”
For Kraemer, he wants to continue his strong work ethic as he enters his last season of junior hockey.
“My main expectation is to commit to a Division I school,” Kraemer commented.