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Arthur Smith Picks Princeton

Posted on August 19, 2022

By Juliette Connors Arthur Smith, Princeton University commit, is a 2004 goalie to keep an eye on.  At the conclusion of the 2021-22 Season, which was his first year of junior hockey, Smith earned NAHL All First Team, All Rookie Team, and Goaltender and Rookie of the year awards. Smith was in Texas for most…

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Neutral Zone’s Bantam Development League Offers a Unique Approach to U14 Hockey

Posted on July 7, 2022

By Juliette Connors The Bantam Development League (BDL), run by Ian Moran and Bob Deraney, was developed in 2022. It consists of 30 sessions over the course of 10 weeks, focused on player development and building resilience and skill growth for bantam-age players.  The program is designed to help participants develop a new set of…

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Introducing the Neutral Zone Quinn Robelle Interns for the Summer of 2022!

Posted on June 17, 2022

Written by Juliette Connors The Neutral Zone team is proud to announce the addition of seven new interns, Andrew Beran, Chase Rochon, James Lusher, Juliette Connors, Jack Goodman, Brandon Wells, and Joshua Katz. Each intern has a unique background and selective interests that will contribute to Neutral Zone’s news and scouting capacity. “It’s a diverse…

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Neutral Zone will host USHL Draft Show

Posted on May 5, 2021

Neutral Zone is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a live broadcast during the USHL Phase I and Phase II Drafts. This will be a live feed with several of our scouts talking about the drafted prospects to give both hockey professionals and hockey fans an inside look at this years talent pool….

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2020 East Coast Ice Jam: Top 100

Posted on January 17, 2020

Jan 8th-12th, 2020  Neutral Zone attended the 2020 East Coast Ice Jam in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Over the weekend we were able to watch all 21 Major Midget teams from around the Atlantic provinces play. It was a well-run tournament that highlighted prospects that will play a role in the upcoming QMJHL draft this summer….

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Introducing Neutral Zone’s Interns for the 2019-2020 Season!

Posted on August 13, 2019

Introducing Neutral Zone’s Interns for the 2019-2020 Season! Liam Barnicle, Kyle Handszer, Christopher Walsh and Quinn Robelle named newest NZ interns!  The Neutral Zone team is proud to announce the addition of four new interns, Liam Barnicle, Kyle Handszer, Christopher Walsh and Quinn Robelle for the 2019-2020 season! Each intern has a unique hockey background,…

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Battle of Boston U20: Top 70 Skaters

Posted on July 22, 2018

Neutral Zone was in attendance for all three days of the Battle of Boston in Walpole on July 13th through 15th. There were 18 teams at the event and we were able to see each team at least once. Hockey Essentials White defeated Top Shelf Purple in the final game. The tournament was generally well…

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USHL Phase 1 Draft Grades

Posted on May 8, 2018

Team: Cedar Rapids Roughriders Grade: B- Picks: 11 Total; 3 in Top 50; 7 in Top 100 Best prospects: Andrei Bakanov (#5 Ranked) Best Value: Austin Cook (#59 Ranked / #85 Overall), Charlie DesRoches (#28 Ranked, #37 Overall) Summary: Cedar Rapids started out the draft taking arguably the most USHL ready prospect in this draft…

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WHL Draft Top 400 Rankings (Western Canada List)

Posted on May 1, 2018

On Thursday March 3rd the WHL will conduct its annual Bantam Draft. This is a unique draft to the league which takes players a year earlier than its rival CHL leagues. The thought process behind this is that it is a much larger territory geographically and it gives the leagues and teams another year to…

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QMAAA: Gatineau L’Intrepide vs Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal

Posted on February 1, 2018

  Wednesday January 31 2018 @7:00 – Laval-MTL – Garon Arena   A snowy Wednesday night seen Gatineau come to Montreal for a weeknight battle. Gatineau got on the board early when a defender lobbed the puck at the Laval goalie to go off for a change. That puck managed to find it’s way between…

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