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Colin Bilek Follows Family To Armed Forces

Posted on April 30, 2018

by Jashvina Shah The moment Colin Bilek’s leg broke, he thought he was never meant to play junior hockey. “I feel like this is a one in a million thing,” Bilek says. Bilek wanted to play college hockey since he was a child watching the Great Lakes Invitational — comprised of Michigan, Michigan Tech, Michigan…

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U18 USA Hockey Nationals: Top 170

Posted on April 22, 2018

Forwards A Jay O’Brien (R, 6’0”, 175lbs, Cape Cod Whalers, Late ’99)- Most NHL teams were on hand throughout the week to watch Jay O’Brien and gauge just how high up the draft boards he belongs. He opted out of going to the USHL after the season, so this was one of the best chances…

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Q&A: Sean Donaldson, UConn Recruit

Posted on April 20, 2018

Sean Donaldson recently committed to UConn. The ’01 has spent the past two seasons with the Burnaby Winter Club. Last season he averaged over a goal per game and finished with 66 points. Next season, Donaldson will join the Trail Smoke Eaters. The forward is slated to attend UConn in 2020. Neutral Zone chatted with…

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NAHL Future Prospects Combine; Middletown, NJ: Top 20

Posted on April 19, 2018

April 6-8, 2018 The second of five North American Hockey League (NAHL) Combines of 2018. NAHL and NA3HL coaches worked with the players. Tony Zasowski, NAHL Director of Player Personnel and NAPHL Director presented several excellent seminars on Saturday that discussed the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, and NCAA compliance. The 2018…

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USHL Tenders: Risks and Rewards

Posted on April 19, 2018

Following the NTDP Evaluation Camp, many top prospects in the U.S. and Canada will be offered tenders to USHL clubs. With the draft only a few weeks out, more and more players signing tenders, including Alex Gaffney, Ruben Rafkin, Colby Ambrosio, Chase Bradley and Wyatt Schingoethe signing with Waterloo. A tender is a binding contract between a player…

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U14 Nationals: Top 170

Posted on April 18, 2018

Neutral Zone headed to Indian Hills, NC just outside of Charlotte for the USA Hockey U14 Tier 1 National Championships, April 5-9. Sixteen teams earned a chance to play for the title with Compuware winning the championship over the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite. Compuware finished 6-0 outscoring opponents 25-4 in the process. USA Hockey did a…

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NAHL Playoffs: New Jersey vs. Wilkes Barre

Posted on April 17, 2018

New Jersey Titans vs Wilke Barre Knights Game 1 NAHL Playoffs   Date: April 14, 2018 Location: Middletown Sports Complex. Result: Titans 5 Wilkes Barre 2 Summary: In what was a very fast paced game, the Titans edged the Knights of Wilke Barre before a very lively crowd at Middletown Sports Complex. The Titans received…

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U15 Nationals: Top 50

Posted on April 16, 2018

The U15 Nationals were played in Plymouth, Mich., from April 5-10. The fist game gave us a taste of what kind of action we were going to expect for the week as Phoenix defeated CCYHA 6-5. A number of players stood out as they lead their teams to the tournament playoffs. In the semifinals, Little…

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TPE Spring: 30 Notables

Posted on April 16, 2018

TPE Spring Platform: 30 Notables – April 15, 2017 TPE Spring Platform is one of the premier bantam events of the season. Every April, the TPE crew makes all the right connections to secure players from New England, the Midwest, the West Coast, Ontario and Quebec. This year the field expanded to eight teams of…

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The OHL Draft: A Draft Analysis

Posted on April 11, 2018

The OHL Draft is the most distinguished amateur hockey draft in the world. Some of the greatest players in the history of the NHL were first drafted in the OHL, but the league does not necessarily draft the best players available. This year’s draft featured over 60 Americans and over 30 NCAA-committed players. Drafting NCAA-committed…

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