NA3HL announces 2017 Top Prospects rosters
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced the rosters for the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from February 27-28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament is played in conjunction with the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Top Prospects Tournament. The event has quickly become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind, with hundreds of junior, NCAA and NHL expected in attendance this season.
The Stampede are proud that Forwards Matt Allen and Nate Walker and Defenseman Rich Hart have been selected to participate in the tournament. Allen, a (2000) birth year player was chosen for the U-18 Select team and both Walker (1997) and Hart (1998) will represent in the older division. “The guy’s have really worked hard and we feel they will do well to represent us in the tournament”. States Head Coach Mike Beavis. Allen 68th in league scoring leads all young players other than 99 birth year Ryan Reifler of Binghamton. “That is a huge plus for Matty as there will be several USHL and NAHL scouts that will be impressed with his scoring this season as a 2000 on a 500 pct team.” added Assistant Coach Kyle Althen. Walker currently 16th in league scoring will also catch the eye of several scouts during the two day event. The 1997 forward has great speed and energy and the knack to find the net on a regular basis. “Nate is all energy and a guy that can change a game at anytime. He loves the game and has a lot of fun playing.” Stated Beavis. Rich Hart has been solid for the Stampede on the blue-line this season and in 38 games has registered 8 Goals and 17 assistson the year. “Rich is a solid defensive player and has added a bit of a scoring touch to his game this season” states Beavis. The 98 Defenseman should bide well at the showcase with is 6’2″ 210 lb frame and physical play. The Stampede Staff would like to congratulate all three players and wish them all the best in this years tournament.
For more information on the event, please visit the NA3HL Top Prospects Page
The NA3HL Standings were frozen on Monday, January 30th. Teams were then seeded within their division based on win percentage. The number of players each NA3HL team can send to the event is based on each team’s winning percentage within their group. Each team will consist of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies). Any player who will be considered for the event, must be nominated by their respective head coaches.
120 total players from the NA3HL will be spread amongst six teams, who will play in three games each during the event. The event will feature four teams that represent the eight divisions in the NA3HL. Two separate NA3HL Selects teams will compete as the fifth and sixth teams in the event. The Selects team rosters will be comprised of players with birth years of 1998, 1999 or 2000.
Gold (Central, Coastal)
Green (East, Midwest)
Silver (Northeast, South)
White (Frontier, West)
NA3HL Selects Black
NA3HL Selects Red
Gold: Todd Sanden, North Iowa Bulls (Central) and Mike Stanaway, Long Beach Sharks (Coastal)
Green: Justin Quenneville, Metro Jets (East) and Chris Flaugher, St. Louis Jr. Blues (Midwest)
Silver: Chris Laganiere, Binghamton Junior Senators (Northeast) and Michael Hill, Texas Jr. Brahmas (South)
White: Ryan Theros, Yellowstone Quake (Frontier) and Brad Willner, Granite City Lumberjacks (West)
2017 NA3HL Top Prospects schedule (all times eastern, subject to change):
Monday, February 27th
10:00am: Gold (Central & Coastal) vs. Selects Red
10:15am: Silver (Northeast & South) vs. Green (East & Midwest)
12:00pm: White (Frontier & West) vs. Selects Black
4:15pm: Gold (Central & Coastal) vs. Silver (Northeast & South)
6:15pm: Green (East & Midwest) vs. Selects Black
8:15pm: White (Frontier & West) vs. Selects Red
Tuesday, February 28th
9:30am: Gold (Central & Coastal) vs. Selects Black
11:30am: Silver (Northeast & South) vs. Selects Red
1:30pm: Green (East & Midwest) vs. White (Frontier & West)