MN Tier 1 U15 League: Notables

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Neutral Zone headed to the MN Hockey Tier 1 15U season opening weekend in St Cloud. The event was held at the MAC and Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.  This was the first weekend of league games between all of the districts and North Dakota teams and ran from Friday August 25th-Sunday August 27th.   Below …

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MN Bantam Elite League: Top 50

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Neutral Zone took in the first two weeks of the Bantam Elite League (BEL) in Minnesota. The league boasts many of the top Bantam eligible players in Minnesota. The six-team league only runs a couple weeks but is highly competitive. The top talent migrate to the BEL, so in turn, do the scouts. A reminder …

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Undrafted US Prospect Signs with Soo Greyhounds

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  Growing up up in a small town in Ladue, Missouri Ryan Roth didn’t appear destined for the OHL. He played his youth hockey in the St. Louis Jr. Blues organization and was fortunate to be coached by several former NHL players. As his love for the game blossomed, so did his talent and he …

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Beantown Classic Pro Division: Top 60 Rankings

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Neutral Zone was in attendance for every day of the Beantown Classic Sunday, August 13 to Wednesday, August 16. Below is our report on the Pro Division. There were six teams in this group and the players ranged from 1997-2000 birth years. There were no game results or statistics available. Below are 60 players that …

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Wisconsin High School Hockey Standout Commits to UMass Lowell

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  UMass Lowell and Head Coach Norm Bazin recently received a commitment from 3.75-star prospect Chase Blackmun, a 6-foot, 185-pound, right-shot defenseman out of Hudson, Wisconsin. In a time of single sport specialization, early commitments and the erosion of high school hockey; Chase goes against nearly every modern hockey movement.  He stayed at his local …

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Beantown Classic Futures Division: Top 80

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Neutral Zone was in attendance for every day of the Beantown Classic Sunday, August 13 to Wednesday, August 16. Below is our report on the Futures Division. There were eight teams in this group and the players ranged from 2000-2002 birth years. There were no game results or statistics available. Below are 83 players that …

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2003 Crimson Combine: Top 25

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Neutral Zone attended the 2003 Crimson Combine at Harvard University on Thursday, August 17. The Harvard staff does a great job bringing together many of the top 2003 prospects in North America and this year was no different. Play was fast, skilled and was attended by scouts of all levels. There were four teams with …

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KUA’s Merritt bound for Ohio State University

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2001-born forward Arlo Merritt of Kimball Union Academy recently announced his commitment to play college hockey at Ohio State University. Merritt, a tall, athletic forward with a smooth stride, big frame, soft hands and solid offensive instincts, was a key cog in the team depth that helped lead KUA to the 2017 Elite 8 championship. …

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Beantown Prospects Division: Notables

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Neutral Zone had several scouts in Marlboro for the annual Beantown Classic August 11th-16th. Our focus was on the Pro and Futures Divisions but we also took some time to watch the two teams in the 2003/2004 Prospect Division. These players are still very young but were pre-selected by a qualified staff at Beantown to take …

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Bross heads east to join UMass Boston

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UMass Boston (NEHC) recently received a commitment from 3.25-star prospect Zack Bross from the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL. The 6’0”, 195-lb. ’96 born forward hails from Weldon Spring, Missouri and is a veteran grab for the Beacons and coach Peter Belisle. Bross is a mature, strong and smart player with a high compete level …

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