The Stampede will head to Blaine, MN. This weekend for the annual NA3HL showcase. The team will play three league games VS other teams from the 36 member NA3HL. On Sunday the Stampede will face the Rochester Grizzlies 17-6 at 4:15 PM CST. On Monday the team will battle The Bozeman Icedogs 15-7-3 at 10:00 AM CST And in the final game of the showcase for the Stampede they will face the Mid Cities Jr. Stars 14-8-1 on Tuesday at 11:45 AM CST.The Stampede currently sit in 2nd place in the Northeast division with a record of 11-11-1-1 and are looking to pull away from the 3rd place Skylands Kings at the three day event.
Over the past couple weeks there has been a lot of attention surrounding the Stampede players with several NCAA D-3 schools and ACHA programs inquiring about players. With the recent commitment of Mark Mannarn to NCAA D-3 Kings College and another commitment soon to follow for NCAA D-3. Schools are beginning to take a closer look at the team in hopes of committing a few more players for 2019-2020. “It’s always a great feeling to have the schools interested in your players. It’s the main reason for our program. This season has been quite active lately and the players are beginning to understand why we are so pro-active in what we do pertaining to educational advancement.” States Stampede Coach Mike Beavis. The Stampede over the years have moved countless players onto the NCAA and ACHA ranks and have built their program on that. Coach Beavis went on to say this, “There is a school for every player, we just have to identify the players academic needs and couple that with a hockey program that fits their skill level. We tell our guys straight out, go to school for the education and play hockey as an outlet.” This season the Stampede have some players with very high GPA’s and academic opportunity which goes a long way with universities. The Stampede pride themselves in helping all their players and see hockey as more of a means to and end, with the end result being a college education.
The Stampede players will have a lot to work for over the next few days as well as the playoff stretch in the seasons second half. The NA3HL Blaine event will showcase all 36 teams to over 150 scouts from College to Pro and the NAHL. “I have been in contact with over 15 college programs that have our player info sheets that will be attending our games in Blaine to get eyes on our guys. We have had several of those schools reach out to some players already and they will be sure to be the focal point during the showcase.” added Beavis
The team will break for the holidays after the showcase and return to action Saturday January 5th as they will once again head up the NY State Thruway to take on the Niagara Falls Powerhawks at the Hyde Park Ice Arena in Niagara Falls both on Saturday January 5th and Sunday January 6th. Be sure to catch all the Stampede action live on hockeytv.com while the team is on the road in Blaine for the NA3HL Showcase.