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NAPHL players play big part in NAHL commitment success

July 16, 2019

Ladder of Development: Stepan Pokorny was one of 39 NAPHL alumni who made an NCAA commitment this past season playing in the NAHL.

On the heels of the announcement that the North American Hockey League (NAHL) had set yet another single-season NCAA commitments record, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce that several of its former players were a part of this group of record-breaking NAHL commitments to the NCAA.
 
In total, out of the 336 NAHL players that made NCAA commitments during the 2018-19 season, 39 of those NAHL players had previously played in the NAPHL.
 
This is in addition to the more than a dozen NAPHL players that made NCAA commitments throughout the 2018-19 season directly out of the NAPHL.
 
NAPHL alumni playing in the NAHL, who made an NCAA commitment
Stepan Pokorny, Aberdeen Wings, (Tampa Scorpions), Ferris State University
Nick Daluisio, Amarillo Bulls, (Philadelphia Little Flyers), UMass-Boston
Louis Helsen, Amarillo Bulls, (HC Dallas), RPI
Kyle McClellan, Austin Bruins, (CarShield AAA), Mercyhurst
Terry Ryder, Austin Bruins, (Northern Cyclones), Adrian College
Andy Willis, Austin Bruins, (St. Louis Selects), University of St. Thomas
Dante Zapata, Austin Bruins, (Arizona Bobcats), Utica College
Jacob Marti, Bismarck Bobcats, (Rocky Mountain RoughRiders), Air Force Academy
Julian Timba, Bismarck Bobcats, (Anaheim Jr. Ducks), American International University
Kendrick Frost, Brookings Blizzard, (Omaha AAA), Army
George McBey, Brookings Blizzard, (HC Dallas), Augsburg College
Gabe Wahl, Brookings Blizzard, (Omaha AAA), University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Jack Sampson, Corpus Christi IceRays, (Meijer AAA), Marian University
Coltan Wilkie, Corpus Christi Ice Rays, (Omaha AAA), Colorado College
Parker Brown, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, (Esmark Stars), Air Force Academy
Luke Ciolli, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, (Pikes Peak Miners), Army
Grant Ledford, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, (Meijer AAA), Adrian
Ty Proffitt, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, (California Titans), University of Wisconsin-Superior
Noah Wilson, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, (Madison Capitols), Army
Caleb Price, Jamestown Rebels, (Northern Cyclones), Arizona State University
Jared Westcott, Lone Star Brahmas, (CarShield AAA), Penn State University
Christian Brune, Maryland Black Bears, (Shattuck-St. Mary’s), Merrimack College
Ryan Fanti, Minnesota Wilderness, (Thunder Bay Kings), University of Minnesota-Duluth
Rece Bergeman, New Jersey Titans, (New Jersey Jr. Titans), Fitchburg State
Kyle Jeffers, New Jersey Titans, (New Jersey Jr. Titans), American International College
Jake LaRusso, New Jersey Titans, (New Jersey Jr. Titans), Colorado College
Hunter Canestra, Northeast Generals, (Valley Forge Minutemen), Lebanon Valley College
David Fessenden, Northeast Generals, (Pikes Peak Miners), University of Alabama-Huntsville
John Jaworski, Northeast Generals, (Sioux Falls Power), Sacred Heart
Ryan Rowland, Northeast Generals, (New Jersey Jr. Titans), UMass-Boston
James Crossman, Odessa Jackalopes, (Rocky Mountain RoughRiders), Brown University
Joe Winkelmann, Odessa Jackalopes, (CarShield AAA), Bentley University
Maiszon Balboa, Shreveport Mudbugs, (Pikes Peak Miners), Air Force Academy
James Durham, Shreveport Mudbugs, (Meijer AAA), Brown University
Cade Groton, Springfield Jr. Blues, (Washington Little Caps), Hamilton College
Christian Dahl, Topeka Pilots, (St. Louis Selects), SUNY-Plattsburgh
Dallas Tulik, Topeka Pilots, (Meijer AAA), Ferris State University
Tyrone Bronte, WBS Knights, (Meijer AAA), Bemidji State University
Adrian Danchenko, WBS Knights, (WBS Knights), University of Alabama-Huntsville
 
Earlier this summer, the NAPHL saw 22 current or former players selected in the 2019 NAHL Draft. On top of the 22 players who were drafted, 49 players who played in the league during the 2018-19 season signed NAHL tenders for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
 
In total, a record number of 71 NAPHL players were either drafted or tendered by NAHL teams for the 2019-20 season.
 
The NAPHL has proved over the years that the league is a great stepping-stone for development and training for young hockey players looking to gain experience and knowledge to work their way up to the National level. No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last three seasons than the NAPHL, which included over 80+ NAPHL alumni playing in the NAHL during the 2018-19 season.
 
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