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A pair of future Broncos ranked among North America's elite skaters

WMU Broncos Hockey Team. Photo courtesy of wmubroncos.com
WMU Broncos Hockey Team. Photo courtesy of wmubroncos.com

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – A report released by the NHL Central scouting department ranks two future members of the Western Michigan hockey team among the elite skaters in Northern America.

With the 2013 NHL Early Draft coming up this summer, forward Michael McCarron has been ranked 35th while defenseman Paul Stoykewych is ranked 204th. Both players signed with WMU in November 2012.

McCarron, a 6-foot-5 220-pound forward is a native of Macomb Michigan. He has skated in the United States National Team Development Program in both the USHL and internationally. Playing in 56 games total, he has tallied 34 points on 13 goals and 21 assists, racking up 174 penalty minutes. He has maintained a steady presence in the Central Scouting rankings all year. McCarron is currently with Team USA in the World U-18 Championships in Sochi Russia.

Stoykewych, a 6-foot 200 pound defenseman has recorded 10 goals and 52 points in 109 games for the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Stoykewych is finishing his second season with the Blue.

Western Michigan opens their first season in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, with the conference schedule slated to open on November 1st at home against Colorado College. WKZO is the flagship station for Bronco hockey.