Brendan Harris of Las Vegas skating with AAA California Titans 16u (Photo – Robert Curwin)

That was Brendan Harris of Arena blasting around the rink in the Great Western Futures Showcase this past week at the SoBe Ice Arena inside of the Fiesta Station Hotel-Casino on North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas.

“He is really is a special kind of player – quick, great puck skills, the way he manuvers around the ice. There were a lot of scouts talking about him,” said Rob Pallin, the Las Vegas Hall of Fame hockey coach.

Harris, who played last winter in the AAA California Titans midget program, has a verbal commitment when he graduates from high school to play for St. Cloud University.

Pallin said super-skilled Joey Sullivan, who was at Great Western Futures, is “an elite player in all phases of his game. He had a great skate during the week.” Sullivan, from Las Vegas, will play for USHL Indiana Ice this season.

Eric Williams, a big defenseman from Las Vegas, also played well and drew a lot of attention….There were two top Las Vegas goalies in the showcase – Chase Smith and T.J. Yocum. Chase last season played for Mission Arizona AA 16u. He plans to head next to the AAA Colorado Thunderbirds midget tryout camp next month. T.J., 15, is going into his sophomore year of high school. He plans to play for the AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 16u this fall.

//Las Vegas skaters Cory Ward, playing for Bemidji State, and Chris Francis, with the Las Vegas Wranglers, are on the ice for some hard skating drills with Pallin at the SoBe Ice Arena.

//Years ago, Will Munson played for AAA San Diego Jr Gulls 18u, then was a top player for the NAHL Billings Jr Bulls in Montana. Munson has played in quite a few NARCh National Roller Championships as well.

“No roller this year, however,” Will wrote in a text today. “I have been playing ice hockey in a Sunday night league on a team with firemen and police officers over at Ontario Ice.  I can still score a bit but now I mostly try to set up my linemates so they can score.”