Stampede assistant coach Travis Hyde hit the recruiting trail this past weekend for a visit to the HPHL AAA Chicago Showcase. “There are a ton of very good AAA players at this highly competitive event. I have been able to speak with several players about the Stampede and the NA3HL. Coaches at the event are very open to exposing their players to us for sure.” Stated Coach Hyde in a comment from the event.
The HPHL or High Performance Hockey League is comprised of six AAA teams that began in the 2011-2012 season. Chicago Mission, Chicago Young Americans, Detroit Compuware, Detroit Honeybaked, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies and Team Illinois. The League was created to bring together organizations of like mindedness, notably a philosophical commitment to USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) and its Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) recommendations which includes age-specific development of young athletes.
There were several other teams at this past weekends event such as Gilmour Prep, Omaha AAA and NAPHL’s Car shield U18 AAA. Coach Hyde had the ability to speak with a couple guys in attendance of the showcase to get their insight on the event itself. Nick Bruno Forward with Gilmour Prep had this to say; “I think this showcase is a great opportunity for players to showcase their abilities to a number of different scouts.” Coach Hyde was also able to ask former Hamilton College assistant coach and current Gilmour Prep Head Coach Mike Chiellino his thoughts on the showcase. “The competition is phenomenal. A lot of diversity in scouts from USHL, NAHL, NA3HL, up and down the line gives the best exposure for each guy. With this being our first trip here, we will definitely make the trip again in the future.”
Coach Hyde had this to say about his feelings on the recruiting trip itself. “I think we were a looked at as a viable option for several players looking to move on to the junior level next season as many players see the value in the NA3HL being affiliated within the NAHL family. We shared a lot of info with players and coaches at the event and now we have some players that we may tender in the near future as well as guys that we will have on our draft radar for April.”
The Stampede will get back to work tomorrow as they hit the ice for the seasons second half in preparation for this weekends trip to Niagara Falls to face the Niagara Powerhawks on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will face off at the Hyde Park Ice Arena on Saturday at 7 PM and again on Sunday at 1:30. Be sure to catch all the action live @ hockeytv.com