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More NAPHL players earn recognition

January 12, 2010

Three players were recognized recently for their strong performances in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL).

Most recently, NHL Central Scouting tabbed Team Maryland U18 forward Casey Thrush on its midterm ranking of 2010 draft-eligibles released on Jan. 11.

A University of New Hampshire (Hockey East) recruit, Thrush, who has eight goals for 21 points through 15 NAPHL games, is listed No. 97 among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

“I’m very excited,” Thrush said. “Deciding to stay home and graduate from my high school and play for Team Maryland again turned out to be the best decision I could’ve made. Our team is so good and the program just keeps getting better every year.”

“I’m so happy for Casey and his family,” said Team Maryland head coach Jason Kersner.  “This is another great accomplishment in what’s going to be a bright future.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and the upcoming off-season to help him further his development and raise the bar even higher.  The best is yet to come.”

What’s more, Green Bay Jr. Gamblers U18 goaltender Jordan Lehr suited up for the U.S. National Team Development Program’s U18 squad for two games last weekend against the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers and the University of Wisconsin of the WCHA.

Lehr, who hold a 6-2-3 mark in 11 NAPHL appearances to compliment a 2.24 goals-against average and a  .925 save percentage, saw ice time in the game against the Badgers.

And last month, Phantom Fireworks U18 goaltender Jonathan Lacoste made his NAHL debut with the Alpena IceDiggers, earning a victory in the team’s 3-2 win over Marquette on Dec. 20 (six saves).

In seven appearances with the Phantoms, Lacoste has a 4-2 record to go along with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.

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