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Brenden Datema Commits to Michigan Tech University

Posted on March 5, 2019

Brenden Datema has committed to Michigan Tech University for the 2019-2020 season. A goal scoring defenseman, Brenden is able to generate a lot of scoring chances from the blue line. He has also been noted for his strength and toughness. He earned at “A” grade from our scouts at the NAHL Showcase. One of the…

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Vincent Nardone Commits to University of Nebraska Omaha

Posted on February 17, 2019

Vincent Nardone has committed to the University of Nebraska Omaha and is set to hit the ice for the 2020-2021 season. Vincent is an excellent skater and can be used in multiple situations on the ice. The Quebec native comes from a family filled with hockey fans: “I was about 3 years old and I…

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Thomas Lacombe Commits to Union College

Posted on December 4, 2018

Thomas Lacombe has committed to Union College and is scheduled to be rostered for the 2020-2021 season. He has been noted by our scouts for his speed, vision, and puck handling skills; a young player with a good upside. Thomas grew up in the french speaking town of Deux Montagnes, Quebec and is currently playing…

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Paul Cotter Leaves NCAA to Start OHL Career

Posted on November 30, 2018

Paul Cotter has signed with the London Knights of the OHL. This is not the first time NZ has talked with him, Paul committed to Western Michigan University as a 2019 recruit. He started off this season on the Broncos’ roster, playing 8 games before signing with the Knights of London, ON. He tells us…

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Junior Hockey Goalie Report #1: 175 Evaluations & Rankings

Posted on November 29, 2018

Neutral Zone is pleased to announce the launch of our new goalie evaluation section. We hired 7 goalie scouts from across the US and Canada to evaluate goalies in junior hockey from Tier III to Tier 1, Junior A and Junior B. There are about 175 different goalies listed here an some have more than…

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Graham Dickerson Begins OHL Career with Kitchener Rangers

Posted on November 23, 2018

Graham Dickerson was the 272nd pick in the 2017 OHL Draft to the Kitchener Rangers. The Port Hope, Ontario native started the sport at age 4. “The earliest memory of my hockey career, that I get reminded of [often], it was going to be my first time stepping on the ice, I had friends and…

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Markuss Komuls Commits to the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Posted on November 22, 2018

Latvian puck moving defenseman Markuss Komuls , who gained praise for his vision and passing ability at the NAHL Showcase this fall, has committed to Alaska Fairbanks. A veteran junior player who has come up from the EHL and made his way the the NAHL where he has been the past three seasons.  Markuss started playing hockey…

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Ian Carpentier Commits to Endicott College

Posted on November 21, 2018

Ian Carpentier has announced his commitment to Endicott University for the 2019-2020 season. NZ scouts have taken note of Ian’s skating ability, separation speed, and stick handling skills. Following his father’s footsteps, “I started playing hockey around the age of 6 in Michigan and Montreal, as my dad was a hockey player himself playing in…

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Braeden Tuck Commits to Sacred Heart

Posted on November 14, 2018

Braeden Tuck has recently committed to Sacred Heart University for the 2019-2020 season. Originally for Calgary, his father was the one who put him on skates at 4 years old. “I’m sure some people can relate,” Braeden states looking back, “I didn’t like it at first. I couldn’t skate and was frustrated, I didn’t realize…

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Brodie McDougall Commits to Bowling Green

Posted on November 13, 2018

Brodie McDougall, a 6’4″ winger out of Newmarket, Ontario playing in the OJHL as a 17 year old, has committed to Bowling Green State University. Our scouts have described Brodie as a power forward with a big frame that allows him to be physical in the corners and protect the puck.  NCAA hockey was not…

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