NCAA Commitments

Q&A: Sam Hentges, St. Cloud State Recruit

Posted on November 2, 2017

Sam Hentges, a 4.25-star prospect, recently committed to St. Cloud State. He’s a tough player to defend against and has great vision and poise on the rush. Hentges, who can break down defense, played for Totino-Grace High in Minnesota, where he served as the captain his senior year. He was then drafted by the Des…

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Q&A: Brandon Koch, Air Force Recruit

Posted on November 1, 2017

Brandon Koch, a 3.75 star prospect, recently committed to Air Force, where his brother Matt is currently a junior on the team. Brandon Koch, who earned an A- grade at the NAHL Showcase, has good vision and mobility with a lot of upside. The Hastings, Minn., native played for Shattuck St. Mary’s and joined the…

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Q&A: Jordan Power, St. Lawrence Recruit

Posted on October 31, 2017

Jordan Power, a four-star prospect, recently committed to St. Lawrence University. The Ottawa, Ontario, native is in his first season with the CCHL and earned an A- grade at the CCHL Labor Day Showcase. The 16-year-old skates well and has good puck retrieval skills, poise and great vision. Power, a confident defender, was taken in…

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Q&A: Tanner Kelly, Michigan State Recruit

Posted on October 27, 2017

Tanner Kelly, a 3.75-star recruit, recently committed to Michigan State. The 15-year-old, who has great hands and can find open space, grew up playing youth hockey in California but moved to Michigan at a young age to play for Little Ceasars Bantam. He earned a B in our 2002 Michigan Bantam Fest. Neutral Zone caught…

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Q&A: Jachym Kondelik, UConn Recruit

Posted on October 26, 2017

Forward Jachym Kondelik, a 4.75-star prospect, recently committed to Connecticut. Knodelik, who has soft hands and a quick and powerful release, grew up in the Czech Republic. He paid his youth hockey there until he attracted the attention of the USHL. The forward was drafted in the first round of the CHL Import Draft, but…

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Q&A: Jordan Wishman, Michigan State Recruit

Posted on October 25, 2017

Defenseman Jordan Wishman, a 3.5-star prospect, recently committed to Michigan State and new head coach Danton Cole. Wishman, a tall and mobile defenseman, earned a B- grade at the USHL showcase. The Des Moines, Iowa, native played youth hockey in his home state but left at the age of 14 and branched out to the…

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Together with Dad: The Blaine Warnert Story

Posted on September 16, 2017

  The Zamboni making an ice cut in between periods: it’s a necessity for the players on the ice who need a clean sheet to play on. But for one Chaska, Minnesota first grader, Blaine Warnert, It was the coolest thing on four wheels. “I started playing hockey in first grade and once I started…

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From New Canaan to New Haven: The Briggs Gammill Story

Posted on September 15, 2017

  For Briggs Gammill, it all started at New Canaan Winter Club in Connecticut at the age of three. The Winter Club is not exactly a hockey destination, rather an outdoor public rink in the small town of New Canaan. It was here where his love for the game developed and gave him an opportunity…

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Lessons Between the Pipes: Q&A with Dryden McKay

Posted on September 6, 2017

This past week one of the countries top goalie prospects in the 1997 age group, Dryden McKay, committed to Minnesota State after a highly successful season with Madison Capitols in the USHL. The 3.75 star prospect sat down with Neutral Zone to tell his unique hockey story; the story of a 16-year-old heading off to…

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Wisconsin High School Hockey Standout Commits to UMass Lowell

Posted on August 24, 2017

  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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