Niagara Gazette


July 1, 2011

Youngstown's Broomfield holds his own at Team USA camp

On the biggest stage of his young career, Youngstown’s James Broomfield proved he was a quality goaltender.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound 16-year old just finished competing in the USA Hockey Player Development Camp Youth 16s division at Monroe Community College.

Only 20 goaltenders from around the country were invited to this camp. Broomfield was one of only two netminders from New York.

Broomfield, who is enterting his junior year at Lewiston-Porter, did not make the 16-under national team, but performed well at the camp. In five games, Broomfield went 3-1-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. He had two shutouts.

“I had a lot of fun at the camp, and really did my best to make the team,” Broomfield said. “I am just trying to work harder. I am a little disappointed, but I am just going to try and work harder. I was a little nervous going in, but after getting in a couple games, I felt pretty confident. I worked pretty hard the last couple of months.”

Broomfield was in a unique position among the players at the camp. His goaltending partner and roommate was Anthony Brodeur. That last name ranks among the greatest of all time among goaltenders at any level, and is shared by Anthony’s father, the great Martin Brodeur.

“It was pretty exciting to meet a future Hall of Famer,” Broomfield said of Martin, who he got to meet on Wednesday. “He was a nice guy. He said I was doing a good job and to have fun. He saw me play in my last game.”

This coming season, Broomfield will play for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres under-16 team.

“I think it is really cool that I am with the Jr. Sabres,” Broomfield said. “I think we will have a pretty good team this year, and I hope things work out. I am going to work hard to try and get the number one spot.”

But further down the road, Broomfield wants to play collegiate hockey.

 “I think I will play college hockey,” he said. “I think that would be a pretty cool experience.”

 to go through. I still have an open mind, but I think I would like to stay home so my parents (Bob and Liz) can visit.”

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