Instead of dwelling on a missed opportunity, Robert Mastrosimone has used the perceived slight to inspire himself to get even better.
Last March, the East Islip, N.Y., native fell just short of making the U.S. National Team Development Program at the organization’s evaluation camp. Shortly after, he signed a tender to play in the USHL for the Chicago Steel, the defending Clark Cup Champion.
"That was huge for me when I found out I didn’t make it. That triggered more motivation for me to get better at everything I do," said Mastrosimone.
Playing in the top Tier 1 league in North America as a 16-year-old can be challenging, but Mastrosimone has been up to the task. The Boston University recruit has four goals and six assists through his first 15 games.