FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – Wolcottville native Karch Bachman has cemented his place as one of the best young hockey players in the nation. The 17-year-old forward from Culver Academy was recently selected to the USA U18 Select Team’s 22-man roster that will compete on the international level beginning in August. Bachman was selected from thousands of players who went through a series of tryouts beginning at the regional level.
The left-wing began playing hockey at a young age, traveling to Detroit to play in some of the areas top youth leagues. During that time, he began working with former Komet Colin Chaulk who has played an integral role in Bachman’s development.
Perhaps even more promising for Bachman’s future, he was recently named to the NHL’s North American prospect list – giving strong indication that he could be selected in next year’s draft. In anticipation of that, Bachman is currently working towards graduating from high school in three years. This will allow him to earn his degree and play at Miami of Ohio before ascending to the professional ranks without losing his eligibility.
Should he be selected in 2015, that would give Northeast Indiana two NHL draft picks in two years. Former Carroll standout Blake Siebenaler was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round of last month’s NHL Draft.