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PWHL Class of 2020: Final Rank 2019

Posted on June 1, 2019

The following is the final ranking from the Provincial Women’s Hockey League for the Class of 2020. Both league play and tournament play, from the entire 2018/2019 season, were taken into consideration for this ranking. Players listed are in specific number order. Kendall Cooper #11 (Stoney Creek, D, 2020, Quinnipiac): Kendall is a smart player…

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MN ’05 Selects Festival 2019

Posted on April 23, 2019

St. Cloud, Minnesota hosted the 2019 Minnesota Selects Festival over the weekend of April 5th-7th 2019.  The games were played at the MAC (Municipal Athletic Complex) and consisted of teams of all ages.  The focus over the course of the weekend was on the 2005’s and the following are some of the highlighted players from…

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HP Festival 17’s 2019

Posted on April 23, 2019

The weekend of March 29th-31st Plymouth, Minnesota played host to the 16’s and 17’s High Performance Festival.  The teams were selected from section try-outs throughout the state as these girls made a step forward towards the next phase of the development process.   The following is a list of top performers from the weekend. A Emma…

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HP Festival 16’s 2019

Posted on April 19, 2019

The weekend of March 29th-31st Plymouth, Minnesota played host to the 16’s and 17’s High Performance Festival.  The teams were selected from section try-outs throughout the state. The following are top performers from the weekend. Players are in no particular order beneath their respective letter grades.  A+ Vivian Jungels #20 (Section 6A/AA Team Sky Blue/…

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From Kansas to St. Louis

Posted on July 5, 2018

by Jashvina Shah When Kaitlin Finnegan was growing up, ice time was rarely available. But what seemed like a curse in the deserts of Kansas became one of the reasons she committed to Lindenwood. Finnegan grew up in Topeka, Kan., and started skating at four years old, following her brother’s stride. As a child, she…

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High Performance Festival

Posted on July 4, 2018

Neutral Zone was in attendance for the girls High Performance Festival in St. Cloud, Minn. from June 9-14. Over the course of the week, players competed against one another for their chance to stand out during the fourth phase of the High-Performance program. There were six teams total, representing girls from all over the state….

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Q&A: Carmen Merlo, Union Recruit

Posted on June 19, 2018

Carmen Merlo grew up in Missouri and left to attend Shattuck St. Mary’s. The ’01 recently committed to Union, where she will matriculate in the fall of 2019. Neutral Zone chatted with Merlo about her youth hockey experience, her recruitment process and more. Neutral Zone: How and when did you start playing hockey? Carmen Merlo:…

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Q&A: Kelly Souza, Berwick Coach

Posted on April 24, 2018

Independent private schools (prep) are also options for secondary schooling for student-athletes. While NEPSAC schools are prep schools, they can vary significantly in factors like size, location, day or boarding, mission and academic expectations. Kelly Souza attended Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., and played college hockey at New Hampshire and Boston College. She…

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2018 USA Hockey Tier 1 Nationals U16

Posted on April 20, 2018

On April 5-9, Neutral Zone was in Marlborough, Mass., for the USA Hockey Tier 1 Nationals. The staff scouted U14, U16, and U19 divisions for the entire five days. Every team is represented in our report, however, based on scheduling and the success of a given team, some teams were scouted more times than others….

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Kaltounkova and Jandusikova Share the Long Journey from the Czech Republic to Vermont

Posted on April 15, 2018

by Jashvina Shah Kristyna Kaltounkova and Klara Jandusikova both play for Vermont Academy. They’ll both graduate in 2020. But the similarities between the two players extend far beyond their prep school and class year; it extends across an ocean. Both Kaltounkova and Jandusikova came to the U.S. from the Czech Republic to pursue hockey. And…

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