NAPHL grad Hutton makes NHL debut
Former Janesville Jets and Corpus Christi IceRays defenseman and NAPHL grad Grant Hutton made his NHL debut this past week on November 20th with the New York Islanders.
"It was unbelievable," Hutton said. "I've been with the organization for about three years now. You look forward to the first one so being able to have the first one here at UBS is a pretty special feeling. Obviously, I feel for the guys that deserve to be out there and couldn't."
Hutton is another great example of a Ladder of Development success story. His midget hockey was played in the NAPHL for the Indiana Jr. Ice (now Indy Jr. Fuel) during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Hutton won a NAPHL Dixon Cup 16U Championship in 2012 playing for the Indiana Jr. Ice, a team that allowed just five goals in five games on their title run. In 38 career NAPHL games, Hutton recorded 33 points.
He would then spend three seasons in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays and Janesville Jets. He recorded 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 117 career NAHL contests. Hutton played two seasons in Corpus Christi with the IceRays from 2012-14 and then spent the 2014-15 season with the Janesville Jets.
Prior to his professional hockey career, Hutton spent four years playing Division l hockey at the University of Miami-Ohio, the same alma mater as current Islanders defenseman and NAHL alum Andy Greene. Hutton totaled 71 points (29G, 42A) for the Redhawks during his four seasons. Like Greene, Hutton was a captain during his career at Miami. Hutton wore an 'A' for his sophomore and junior seasons but was named the team's captain during his senior year with the Redhawks.
Hutton has spent the last four seasons with the Bridgeport Islanders in the AHL. Through 98 games, Hutton has registered 34 points (9G, 25A). This season Hutton had two goals in 10 games for Bridgeport.