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Owen Lindmark Becomes a Badger

Posted on July 31, 2016

  Owen Lindmark didn’t grow up with hockey; it was a passion he discovered at 7 years old watching Chicago Blackhawks games on TV. The next year the family moved from Oklahoma to St. Louis (his father was in the Air Force so moving became the norm) and he began skating. After his second full…

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Midwest is Home: The Patrick Keegan Jr. Story

Posted on July 28, 2016

  In the world of college hockey, recruiting has become a national enterprise. While the majority of Minnesota’s and Boston College’s rosters are full of locals, they also have players from the Southeast, the West Coast, the Midwest, etc. The game is evolving and growing throughout the US and college rosters are starting to look…

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Terriers Land Top Recruit for the Class of 2020

Posted on July 26, 2016

  In the scouting world it is rare to go a day without hearing some kind of comparison between this player and that player. Typically, it’s regionalized and, in some ways, recollected past of a scouts travels and journeys. “He reminds me of…” is a common thread among older, experienced scouts who have watched countless…

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Mathieu De St Phalle Commits to Wisconsin

Posted on July 26, 2016

  Mathieu De St Phalle has covered a lot of miles in his short hockey career, playing on some of the top programs in the country in the process. He grew up in Connecticut and played for the Mid Fairfield organization until the family moved to Detroit in his peewee major year. His dad was…

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Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Luke Krys

Posted on July 26, 2016

  On many appearances Luke Krys had a normal childhood. He grew up in Ridgefield, CT with his older brother Chad and younger sister Aerin. They were always active, playing sports and attending each other’s events, whether it was hockey, lacrosse, field hockey or dance and their parents often served as coaches. His father, Mark,…

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It’s Tradtion: The Alex Turcotte Story

Posted on July 26, 2016

  Yesterday, Alex Turcotte, one of the premiere Bantams in the country this past season, verbally committed to Tony Granato’s Wisconsin Badgers. In Alex, the Turcotte family, who run Turcotte Hockey School, a series of specialized hockey instruction clinics throughout the US and Canada, will see the third generation of their family make hockey headlines….

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Southern Roots to a Northern Destiny: The Story of Nick Hale

Posted on July 23, 2016

In May of 1997 the Hartford Whalers owner, Peter Karmanos announced that the team would be moving their franchise to Raliegh, North Carolina. While moving an ice hockey team from New England, a prime hockey market, to North Carolina, where there were hardly any hockey rinks at all, was seen as a major gamble at…

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Select 16 USA Development Camp Rankings

Posted on July 21, 2016

The Neutral Zone staff was on hand for the Select 16 National Development Camp in Buffalo, NY. We saw every game as well as the All Star Game and put together a comprehensive scouting report based on what we saw. The players are put in the order we saw fit, but we decided not

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Dartmouth Lands Prep Standout: The Shea Courtmanche Story

Posted on July 20, 2016

  Dartmouth has a long track record of recruiting in the New England Prep School market with verbal commitments from some of the top defenders in the league in Sean Keohan (Dexter) and Brendan Less (Choate) as well as forwards Christian LeSueur (Brunswick) and Sam Hesler (Belmont Hill). This week they committed their youngest recruit…

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Jimmy Dowd Jr. Commits to Penn State

Posted on July 10, 2016

  Jimmy Dowd Jr., the son of 17-year NHL veteran Jim Dowd, made his college commitment to Penn State this week. The talented puck moving defenseman out of the NJ Titans organization has had quite a year from getting invited to the NTDP Evaluation Camp, getting drafted to Omaha Lancers (USHL) and, most recently, committing…

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