Kings of Coast East Showcase. Top 60

Posted on August 10, 2022

Neutral Zone was in attendance for the Kings of East Coast showcase August 2-4 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. The tournament is very well run by Vinnie Montalbano with a lot of rising Junior, Prep School, Mass High School and U18 talent. The age groups in the tournament ranged from 02-07 with a majority…

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Mass HS D1-D4 195 Playoff Notables

Posted on May 10, 2022

It’s time to put a bow on this season of Mass HS coverage and we are doing so with a broad recap of the MIAA playoffs, which for the first time since the early 1990s was a Statewide Tournament of 32-33 teams across each division. We have to say that as scouts we much prefer…

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MIAA D3 Mr. Hockey Top 45 Watch List

Posted on April 1, 2022

We already dropped our MIAA Top 40 D4 Watch List, and now the time has arrived to shift up a level and identify a new set of top players. This was the first year of the new State Tournament format featuring as many as 33 teams vying for State Championships in each Division. This allowed…

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Mass HS Top 240 D2/D3/D4 Report

Posted on February 28, 2022

In the first two months (December, January) of the MIAA season, we focused most of our time on watching every Division 1 team – which we were able to accomplish for the first time in Neutral Zone’s history. For our February report, we set our sights a little higher and looked to scout most of…

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Alliance Cup Championship Game: Ridley Prep at The Hill School

Posted on February 22, 2022

In a thrilling game that featured physicality, emotion and a frenetic ending Neutral Zone was able to watch Ridley come away with a 3-2 victory. Below are the players we feel stood out from their peers over the course of the three periods.

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Mass HS January 2022 Report: Top 260

Posted on January 28, 2022

It is that time of year again: we are now done with two months of MIAA hockey and our 5 MA HS scouts have been pounding the pavement and pulling down major bandwidth watching video. The 2021-22 season has been one of great change this year: no Super 8 Tournament to speak of and the…

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True Cup in Salem, NH: Top 80

Posted on January 27, 2022

The True Cup brought together NEPSAC and PHC teams from Ontario, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Indiana for a weekend of competitive hockey. The tournament featured many elite prospects drawing the eyes of NHL, college, and, of course, NZ scouts. The play was fast and the Olympic sheet of ice really allowed the…

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Austin Prep Will Join the NEPSAC

Posted on January 20, 2022

Austin Prep announced today that it will leave the MIAA and join the NEPSAC. The school will conclude its participation in the MIAA this season and will play as an independent next year in all sports against mostly fellow NEPSAC schools. From there, they will join a division in the NEPSAC full-time. “The NEPSAC presents…

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Lawrence-Groton: Top 64

Posted on January 10, 2022

Neutral Zone was in attendance at the 2021 Lawrence Groton tournament, held at the Groton School and Lawrence Academy from December 16th-18th. The play was a bit different this year, as teams were broken into two divisions and played a total of three games. The first division consisted of Lawrence Academy, Thayer Academy, Dexter School…

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Flood Marr Tournament: Top 110

Posted on December 31, 2021

Neutral Zone had three scouts at the Flood Marr and covered each game. Each player below was evaluated and graded based solely on their performance in this tournament and is not an overall indication of the players ability or upside. Nobles & Greenough won the tournament over Milton in the finals 2-1 but KUA also…

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