Blackstreet Capital Holdings affiliate Black Bear acquires Newington Ice Arena

Newington, CT – An affiliate of Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. (“Black Bear”) has acquired the Newington Ice Arena in Newington, CT (the “Arena”). The Arena features two ice sheets, a pro shop and snack bar, a golf simulator and multiple leased locker rooms and offices. The Arena is also home to many figure skaters and recreational skaters in the area along with numerous high schools and regional tournaments due to its close proximity to Hartford, CT. Black Bear, the largest owner-operator of ice rinks in the U.S., was founded by CEO Murry Gunty in 2015.

Black Bear will begin a strong relationship with the Connecticut Chiefs and the Central Connecticut Youth Hockey Association, the dominant youth hockey programs in the Arena. The Connecticut Chiefs, an independently owned Junior and Tier I Youth Hockey program and long-term tenant at the Newington Ice Arena will remain in the arena as an anchor tenant. The Chiefs will be joining the Tier 1 Hockey Federation (“THF”) for the 2023-24 season and leaving the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (“AYHL”). “We’re excited for the next chapter with Black Bear,” said Brandon Johnson, owner of the Chiefs. “We know that Black Bear plans to improve the facility, which translates to better experiences for our Connecticut Chiefs players and everyone who uses the building. We’re excited to see what Black Bear Sports Group achieves moving forward at Newington Arena.”

The Chiefs’ membership in the THF further consolidates our league’s leading position in the Mid-Atlantic. said Murry N. Gunty, CEO and Founder of Black Bear Sports Group. “I have personally known Brandon for a long time. He has great integrity and operates his Chiefs at the highest level. We are lucky to have his club as they will make a fantastic addition to the core group of elite youth clubs in the THF.”

Black Bear is also pleased to announce that Central Connecticut Youth Hockey Association will remain as a long-term tenant. “Central is one of the largest and strongest clubs in the state,” said Ryan Scott, Vice President of Black Bear. “The club has elite leadership and a rich tradition in the area and we are excited to be their rink partner moving forward.” Central has accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Hockey Federation (“AHF”) as a showcase league partner for 2023-24 season at the AA level and will leave the EJEPL. Black Bear owns and operates five ice rinks in Connecticut with eight sheets of ice of which four arenas are located in the Greater Hartford area comprising 7 sheets of ice.

About Black Bear Sports Group, Inc.
Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a privately held company formed by Murry Gunty and Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC in 2015 that seeks investments in sports and entertainment facilities, teams, and youth sports events. Black Bear arenas are clean, professionally managed, and offer world-class recreational programs. Black Bear focuses on ice arenas in metropolitan areas with compelling demographics, markets with a National Hockey League club presence and arenas with existing youth hockey clubs. Black Bear not only features the ability to acquire healthy and stable arenas, but also the expertise required to turn around mismanaged or under-performing facilities. The largest owner/operator of ice rinks in the U.S., Black Bear’s footprint totals 35 facilities across the United States with 64 sheets of indoor ice, four indoor turf fields, 27 youth hockey clubs, four youth hockey leagues (Atlantic Hockey Federation, Atlantic Girls Hockey Federation Tier 1 Hockey Federation, and National Girls Hockey League) and four Junior “A” hockey franchises with membership in the United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League, USPHL NCDC, and the Eastern Hockey League.

Source: Black Bear Sports Group

Repost from SJHA.com

LADY A’S BRING HOME THE HARDWARE

Dateline: Presidents Day February 21st Saint Louis Missouri National Girls Hockey League Championship – 12U Division

The experience was one to write home about.  Coaches who have coached for 20+ years said they have never been to a more exciting game.  The players were overwhelmed with exhaustion and parents were covering the eyes to hide the outcome.  If you were there it was a hockey treat but the weekend didn’t start out that way.

Struggling to score a goal in game one the Lady Admirals lost to the Princeton Tiger Lilies #6 in the nation at Tier2 0-4.  The players were downtrodden and families were thinking about how much money they spent traveling to Saint Louis for the National Girls Hockey League Championship.  Could the girls dig deep and rebound with some wins?

Games two, three, and four all ended in shootouts and the Lady Admirals won two out of three.  The wins propelled the Lady Admirals into the championship against the Princeton Tiger Lilies.  With revenge on their minds and a second-to-none fan base of parents and players from all three Lady Admirals teams the girls jumped out to a 1 goal lead against a goalie who had not been scored on the whole tournament (1-0).  The tiger lilies tied up the game in the second period (1-1).  The Lady Admirals followed with goal two and three in the third period (3-1).

The Tiger Lilies countered with goal number two late in the third period (3-2).  But the Lady Admirals held on and overcame all odds to beat the top team of the tournament and bring home not only their first tournament championship win but the Nationals Girls Hockey League Championship Trophy.

The whole team won these games and the coaching staff managed the team with great skill in the final game.  Congratulations to the Lady Admirals 12U team!  The championship will always be remembered as one of the greatest tournament wins in Lady Admiral’s history.

We are proud of every single player.  It was an incredible weekend for the winning team and an incredible experience for everyone that was there.

Seattle 12U

This years’ MLK Winter Classic had a few firsts for the NGHL…

What we learned…

We were fortunate enough to have Matt from MS Films at our 16U-19U event in Providence. Matt’s hockey videos are pretty amazing.

You can see more pictures and videos on our Instagram MLK Winter Classic Event Highlights

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NASHVILLE WINNERS
MLK Nashville 10U Chiefs
MLK Nashville 12U Saints
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MLK MA WINNERS
Valley Jr Warriors 13U
Vermont Flames
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MLK PROVIDENCE WINNERS
San Diego Angels
Princeton TIger Lilies 16U
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MLK BUFFALO 12U WINNER
MLK Buffalo BA Beans 12U

… and to all the participating teams for a job well done. Your hard work and successes won’t soon be forgotten!

The NGHL Columbus Day Showcase, Blue Division – October 9 – 11, 2021 – had games at Black Bear rinks Palmer Imaging Arena and Pittsburgh Ice Arena (PIA).

Thirty-six teams across 4 divisions – 12U – 19U – played across three days.  We had lots of teams sharing their experience on social media – tap on the Instagram event highlight to see pictures and videos of the event!

We’d like to congratulate all the division winners:

We truly appreciate all the teams that came out to skate!

Columbus Day Pitt Winner
Columbus Day Pitt Winner
Steel City 14U Blue
Columbus Day Pitt Winner

The NGHL always enjoys traveling to Denver for events. Joining the NGHL at this season’s Mile High Invitational were members Dallas Stars Elite, Kansas City Storm, LA Lions, Nashville Jr. Predators, Omaha Lady Lancers, Seattle Lady Admirals, and Tri-Valley Lady Blue Devils. We were supported by some great guest teams in Colorado 14ers, Krivo Girls Hockey, Idaho Vipers, Mexico Mustangs, Rocky Mountain Lady Rough Riders, and Team Wyoming.

We were fortunate to have had some great photographers in the audience who share their wonderful photos of the event. Check out our Instagram Highlight of the event to see what we mean!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE DIVISION WINNERS

Mile High 12U Champs
Mile High 16U Champs
Mile High 14U Champs
Mile High 19U Camps

Our NGHL Columbus Day Showcase, Red Division – October 9 – 11, 2021 – had games in Haverhill, MA. We were fortunate to have had a visit from Neutral Zone northeast rep who shared their excitement about the game on Twitter @NZW_NE .

We know Neutral Zone scouts are running from one rink to the next in-season, so we appreciate that they carved out time to watch and write about our NGHL teams and players.

You can check out the comments in their tweets below and CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DETAILED REPORT HERE (full report added March 2022)

NEUTRAL ZONE SCOUTING REPORT – 2021 NGHL COLUMBUS DAY (MA) SHOWCASE

October 9-11, scouting took place at Lawrence Valley Forum Arena, Haverhill Valley Rink, and Chelmsford Arena.  This event had three age brackets – 14U, 16U, 19U.  Ratings are based on this event’s viewing.

A

Zoe Puc #37 (Florida Alliance U16, F, 2024): Puc is a phenomenal hockey player.  She has speed to get there and stick skill to take the puck and score, with athletic ability to turn around and do a full ice full speed break-away again.  Covering center position, she plays physical and smart; she will make you pay if you make a mistake and if given any opportunity near the opponent’s net – she will bury one.  She is fun to watch, dogging other players, she has heart for the game that comes through, and her work ethic to hustle every shift is outstanding.   She was our CCM player of the tournament.  

Jordan Ray #20 (Florida Alliance U19, F, 2022): Ray is a well-rounded player of elite level.  She has quick reaction time and reads the play. Standout game sense.  She steals the puck and executes a hard perfect cross-ice pass through the neutral zone and next shift earns an assist on a crafty offensive pass.  Strong on skates and leans in to get to the net.  She is a goal scorer of high caliber.  

Ana Witmer #21 (Ironbound Elite U14, F): Witmer is a talented hockey player.  She has great stick skills with soft mitts to get around players and a quick release on her snipe of a shot.  She has good hockey sense, cycling feet moving as F1 driving the net or F3 without puck option, and drops back to cover for defense. Witmer is an important part of her team and can light the lamp like Christmas.  

A-

Alexis Fitzsimmons #73 (Florida Alliance U16, F, 2022): Fitzsimmons is an offensive mined forward that can work her way to the net and scored under pressure on the goal line.  She has good size, a quick release, and a hard shot that all help her light the lamp.  

Lily McTeague #55 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, F, 2025): McTeague is an excellent hockey player with skills above her age.  She plays right wing cutting in with speed, confidence and is aware.  She is crafty with her stick, shifty on her skates, and combined with her IQ will get the puck to net most shifts.  She has a strong work ethic and hustles to back check.  Good passing and part of the special team.  Fun player to watch.  

Abboud Wren #39 (Boston Advantage U16, F): Wren is a smart player knowing when to challenge, pass, or back-up to give her team time to set-up.  She has an active stick, passes and shots well.  She can set up her center in front or carry the puck to find a good shooting lane and tickle the twine.  She is effective on the special teams.  

Julie Morrison #8 (Boston Advantage U16, F, 2025): Morrison is a big athletic winger that has skills.  She can pivot on her skates tight to get around opponents, while keeping the puck moving with precise give and go passing.  She can help create scoring opportunities with her smart sense timing.  She has a snipe of a shot and lights the lamp.  She plays on the penalty kill special team.  

Kathryn Smith #11 (Ironbound Elite U14, F): Smith is a speedy winger.  She has a good IQ, will forecheck/ backcheck hard and can find the twine with a quick wrister. 

Eve Clemans #63 (Florida Alliance U16, F, 2024): Clemans is a smooth skating gifted winger.  She has the competitive drive to play physical with a balance of game sense.  She is generous and will pass at the opportune time or step-up and go.  She is a threat near the net both for her stick skills and ability to find the best lanes.  

B+

Macy Gehrke #88 (Team Colorado U19, F, 2022): Gehrke is a competitive forward that has some speed.  She is a playmaker setting up the net front pass effectively.  Good on the face-off circle and an athletic player.  She is great on the penalty kill and has a talent for dogging the opponent.  She has a nose for getting the shot off and can light the post. 

Emily Hansen #26 (Milwaukee Junior Admirals U19, F, 2023): Hansen is a talented center that communicates well with her team.  She can skate well and is a smart player.  She knows when to make the play to the open side and create lanes.  She has a hard shot with umph which finds the back of the net and can light the lamp.  She is a team first type player and works hard on the penalty kill with success.   

Bryn Prier #26 (Florida Alliance U19, D, 2022): Prier is a goal scorer and set a play to make her team successful.  She is used on the penalty kill with good reason; her determination shows to get the puck.  She is a solid versatile winger and has good game sense in many situations.  She likes to draw the defense deep to set the pass in front.   

Alison Masters #2 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, F): Masters covers center winning about half the draws at this event.  She is not afraid to use her body to gain puck control and battle one-on one.  She hustles back to help defense and can shoot from center ice on net. Creative forward with a toolbox of skills and ways to help team light the lamp.   

Julia Bella #47 (CT Polar Bears U14, F, 2024): Bella is a good skater and plays smart with or without the puck.  She will hustle to the puck, carry to offensive zone and get a shot off.   She is competitive, will dog a player pressuring them to give up possession and supports both ways.  She serves on the special teams.   

Maggie Berleth #27 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, D, 2025): Berleth is a solid feisty defender.  She protects the puck with her body, can curls the puck and handles it in tight spaces.  She skates well with speed and can wheel around opponents.  She has a high compete level and gets shots on net, particularly nice wrister.  Works hard on the special teams.   

Lauren Roeder #12 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, D/F, 2025): Roeder is a tall winger that cycles well with defender to create scoring opportunities.  She plays smart and knows when to curl to the boards or step up using good body positioning to win possession.  She will go hard stopping a player at the boards, strong skater, and has soft mitts.  She had a total blueline snipe goal that the goalie never saw.   

Julie Jasaitis #22 (Ironbound Elite U14, D, 2025): Jasaitis is a capable puck mover at both ends of the ice.  She is patient and sees the play, sets an accurate pass or can carry it deep keeping possession around the offensive zone finding the open lane.  She is a heads-up player and a scoring threat defender.  

Piper Gwinn #92 (Team Colorado U14, F, 2026): Gwinn is a versatile player that cycles with the defense and is an aggressive forward.  She is strong on her skates and is not knocked off the puck easily.  She has crafty stick skills, passing tape to tape and gets the puck on net.  Good game sense and has a toolbox of techniques to gain the offensive, including a perfect loft pass.  She finds the best release spot and scores goals.  Part of the special teams.   

Sophia DeAnzeris #11 (Rome U16, D, 2025): Deanzeris understands the game and is solid at both ends.  She can make a tape-to-tape pass to the F1 or carry the puck up an open lane with a quick hard release.  Her blueline wrister is on target and adds points for the team.  She plays physical, wins battles and backchecks with confidence.  Able to use her speed variant to get by players and makes the smart play.   

Amanda Ranauda #66 (CT Jr. Rangers, D): Ranauda is a tall smart defender that will battle and get possession in her end and find the best outlet option.  She has speed to skate it or sees the F1 for a tape-to-tape pass.  She can jump down in the offensive zone to keep pressure and holds the blueline curling around opponents.  Her shot is on target, adding points with her ability to get shots on net.   

Lilly McInerney #19 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, F): McInerney L. is an athletic winger with great stick skills.  With good hockey sense, she is alert to where her linemates are and will cycle keeping the play alive.  Using crafty little touches and feet moving, she will keep possession finding the open lane until she can successfully release her hard wrister.   

Alexsandri Martin #13 (CT Northern Lights U14, D): Martin is a talented defender that has good hand eye coordination connecting with the puck to clear or control.  She can skate by most players with her athletic ability and plays physical.  She has good stick skills and a sweet blueline wrister.   

Kaitlyn Boerst #11 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, F): Boerst plays center winning most of her draws.  She covers 200 feet of ice and will battle hard along the boards and back checking.  She is a smart player and is in the right position most times and has success lighting the lamp with her shot.   

B

Su-An Cho #16 (Florida Alliance U19, D, 2022): Cho is a defender that sees the ice and sets the break away with a hard pass.  She helps create turn overs and can get shots on goal in the offensive zone by settling a bouncing puck quick and firing a wrist shot or a slapper towards net.  

Annalena Heuten #35 (Team Colorado U19, G, 2022): Heuten is a small net tender that has great vision to track puck.  She anticipates the angle well and has a quick grab and smothers loose pucks hard. She can keep her team in the game and records a high save percentage during a high SOG event. 

Gabby Demorat #34 (Team Colorado U19, F, 2022): Demorat is a strong skater that plays physical.  She communicates well with teammates.  Face-off wins in the positive and strong on the penalty kill. Quick wrist shot that has eyes. 

Skylar Kline #70 (CT Jr. Eagles, F): Kline is good. She is a tall winger that pivots tight and is sneaky.  She moves around the opponent and when that’s not an option, she goes through their feet.  She has a wrist shot that wakes goalies up and can find the back of the net.  A valuable part of the power play. 

Abigail Schum #13 (Team Colorado U19, D, 2023): Schum is an athletic player and willing to block shots.  She is usually to puck first and makes the right play. Good skater. 

Madelyn Pope #55 (Florida Alliance U19, F, 2022): Pope has a hard shot. She is a good-sized forward that looks for the play.  She is used on the penalty kill.  She is a solid player and has a noteworthy work ethic, demonstrating second effort every shift.  

Kylie Brown #8 (Florida Alliance U19, F, 2022): Brown has good skating and stick skills, carrying the puck up the ice and gets an accurate shot off while using speed.  She is a competitive player that pressures her opponent every shift. 

Charlotte Labre #90 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, F): Labre is a smart player that has the patience to wait for the scoring shot, creating a lane and working with line mates to keep procession.  She scores goal with her hard wrist shot and can back-hand the puck in the net quick.  Good face-off percentage.  Works hard to clear on the penalty kill and clears the zone with poke checks and physical play. 

Kaila Booth #5 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, F): Booth is a physical player that has speed.  She is on the smaller side but plays big.  Great on the penalty kill and gets to puck first to clear of carry it to kill clock.  She can see the ice and finds open ice, makes smart passes, and chips off boards to herself or cuts in to make a lane effectively.  She can score with a quick release wrist shot and has ability to track the rebound to tip in. 

Anna Kahl #32 (CT Jr. Eagles, D): Kahl is an athletic defender that uses her skating skills to cut back to angle the opponent to boards.  She has a high compete level and will clear the puck in most situations.  She has soft mitts that allow her to jump into the offensive play to set up a scoring opportunity of pass to the stick to set a break-away.  

Jenna Calchi #9 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, F): Calchi has a good IQ and know how to develop the play.  She has excellent hand – eye coordination and numerous times knock the puck down and stole it to disrupt the opponent’s set-up.  She skates well and would draw the D down to feed the net front. She can control the tempo and cycles light on her feet in the offensive zone, especially during the power play.  

Britney Bridel #20 (Milwaukee Junior Admirals U19, F, 2022): Bridel is a tall winger with a long reach and powerful stride.  She can get to the net and score.  She had a beauty of a wrister over the goalie and a quick backhand to beat the goalie.  She is effective at clearing the zone on a penalty kill.  

Leah Klingel #88 (Florida Alliance U16, D, 2023): Klingel is a hard-working forward that plays physical. She passes to the breakout player on tape and controls the back-check gap well.  Good slap shot.  We hope to watch her development in future years.  

Isabel Junkin #52 (CT Polar Bears U14, F): Junkin is a tall player covering center, at this event.  She is ferocious with speed, especially on the penalty kill and back-check. She wins draws and always plays with second effort.  Her shot is excellent, whether a rip on the drive or a tip in front, she has an active stick that scores.  Solid hockey player.  

Casey Clausen #33 (Rome U16, G, 2025): Clausen is a solid goalie that tracks well.  Her save percentage is low nineties and she stays square to puck.  Her tall stance and ability to read the play with anticipation allows her to stop the puck. She smoothers hard and covers the front well.  She is good under heavy pressure.  

Angelina Garganese #28 (Florida Alliance U16, F, 2023): Garganese covers wing or center.  When on the dot she can draw a win and help her team gain possession.  She is a heads-up player and has great crisp passing.  She plays with grit, battles along the boards for puck possession and covers the lot ice with a good stride.  She uses her quick release to pass and shoots on target.  Hard worker mentality.  

Nina Coffee #17 (CT Polar Bears U14, D, 2025): Coffee is a good skater that can carry the puck full ice and get a quick shot on goal.  She has a good reach, competitive and can manure around players.  Her timing is good with gap and finding the lane.  She has good vision of the play and ability to set the pass on a breakout. 

Britt Lybecker #22 (Team Colorado U14, F, 2026): Lybecker is an excellent winger, she has good energy and ability to get to the puck first and make a solid play.  She has soft mits and thinks quick whether handling, passing, or shooting.  She was able to take advantage of a dropping goalie with a speedy wrap tucking the puck for a beauty of a goal. Fun player to watch.  

Olivia Ferebee #29 (CT Polar Bears U16, G, 2025): Ferebee has good positioning, glove held high and tracks well.  She skates good and hugs the pipes. Good rebound and has a handle on what is in front, smoothers hard.  Ninety percentage on saves.  

Georgia Carragher #16 (Boston Advantage U16, D, 2024): Carragher is a hard-working defender that wants to be active both sides of the ice.  She sees the play and will call for it in offensive zone.  She will hustle to get to puck first and will make a successful outlet pass.  She is used on both special teams.  

Kyler Weatherred #19 (Team Colorado U14, F, 2025): Weatherred was covering right wing and would hustle to the puck or to backcheck.  She has good hand-eye coordination knocking the puck down or poke checking.  She is an unselfish smart player, willing to send a pass to improve the scoring chance.  Works will with her linemates Sceidegger and Thomas.  

Meghan Crowley #28 (Rome U16, F, 2025): Crowley is a solid skater with height that plays physical and win battles along the boards.  She works hard playing wing using her reach and size to get the puck to net.  Good hockey sense and will use defense as a shield, finding the lane and smooth player all around.  She can light the lamp with a hard shot and scores against tough teams.  

Easton Pramuka #20 (CT Jr. Rangers, F, 2026): Pramuka plays center and is an athletic hockey player that if she gets tripped up, will jump right back up and get the shot on goal.  Good skater, with crafty stick touches.  Her vision and ability to send stretch passes to open offensive chances are impressive.  She has a good shot, around the puck a lot and is a competitive player.  

Jase Krantz #41 (Team Colorado U14, D, 2025): Krantz is a physical player, using her body to protect the buck, not afraid of battling along the boards or to clear her goalie’s crease.  She has good IQ and knows when to pass or move the puck.  Effective penalty kill player stopping and clearing the puck.  

Ava Zeuner #35 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, D): Zeuner is a smart defender that can clear the puck out of the offense zone.  She sees the ice and makes the smart play and has good gap positioning. She is patient and controls the tempo with vision, skating and timing.  Her blueline wrister is on target.  Plays on the special team.  

Lila Pannacciulli #3 (CT Jr. Rangers, D): Pannacciulli is a physical hockey player that will bump opponents off the puck.  She keeps her feet moving with a quick step and will back-check hard with stick to knock puck away. Gaps good and she’ll skate through play to gain control. She has a rocket shot with a dangerous back-hand.  She is part of the special teams.  Passes well. 

Keileigh Donavan #23 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, D): Donavan is a smart defender making good choices when to challenge and when to angle. She is athletic and can get back to cover or jump in the offensive rush.  She has excellent reaction time and will hold the blueline.  Serves on the penalty special team.  

C Merrvill #9 (Lady Baked Beans Pink U14, F): Merrvill covers right wing and with her long reach and skating pressures well for the puck.  She can carry while maneuvering and get to the net for a shot.  Good wrister, passing and timing.  

Addy Garnity #11 (Lady Baked Beans Pink U14, F/D): Garnity was playing center and would hustle to the puck.   She is a tall player with great stick skills.  She had a sick goal totally faking out the goalie.  Good game sense, passing and ability to find the open lane or player.  

Emma Leahy #5 (CT Jr. Rangers, D, 2025): Leahy covers the right side and is a confident solid defensive player.  She skates well in both directions, great blueline wrist shot, and can calm the breakout play.  She uses her slapper to get the puck to net quick and will pinch in with good timing.  She is on the special teams, stepping up to the faceoff dot successfully and will carry the puck cycling with linemates for the best lane.  

B-

Lexi Poulin #71 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, C): Poulin has a strong stick that shoots hard and quick. She likes to call for the puck with her stick and she can slapshot through defense.  She has a good compete level and pressures the opponent every shift.  Good face-off percentage and serves team well during penalty kill and power play.  

Morgan Raymond #62 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U19, C): Raymond is a player that can cover the ice, she keeps her feet moving. She is a feisty player and has great athletic ability.  She was knocked to her knees and still made the play winning the puck.  She has a good face-off percentage.  

Olivia Marcinkowski #14 (Boston Shamrocks U16, F, 2023): Marcinkowski is a physical player that plays smart.  She covers for the defense and is effective on the penalty kill.  She as good snapper that is released fast. She breaks even on the face-offs.   

Grace Babington #18 (Boston Shamrocks U16, F, 2022): Babington is a big center that with a high face-off win percentage.  Great hand-eye coordination to tip the puck down or pass up the ice on tape. She has a hard shot and a good wrister that she uses as she darts in front of the net to score.  She is athletic and can lean on players to gain ice or rebound quickly in tight battles. Consistent on the penalty kill.   

Hailey Anderson #24 (Florida Alliance U16, F, 2023): Anderson is a good-sized right winger.  She is strong on her skates and handles the puck well.  She has a talent for letting her slapper go and hitting the target.   

Kelsey Elliot #15 (East Coast Wizards U19, C): Elliott is a scoring threat with her quick release.  She hit the net with an absolute snipe.  She is a fast skater that hustles to the play or bench.  She holds her own in the face-off dot and passes tape-to-tape.    

Morgan Eilers #41 (Florida Alliance U19, D, 2022): Eilers is a powerful defender that will hold the blueline and know where to be.  She is talented along the boards and shows confidence in her game.  

Gianna Fortunato #18 (Florida Alliance U19, D): Forunato is an intelligent defender with good pace.  She is an excellent skater and covers the ice. She is used on the penalty kill and protects the house well.  

Elli Perkins #25 (CT Jr. Eagles, C): Perkins is a smart tall center that wins most face-offs.  She has a hunger to get to the net and will use her speed variant to get by defenders.  She knows how to use the point effectively and is a strong component of the team’s power play.  

Abigail Komrofske #4 (Team Colorado U16, D, 2022): Komrofske is a smart defender that skates well backwards or forwards.  She sees the ice and makes the stretch pass.  

Ava Waugaman #21 (Team Colorado U19, D): Waugaman is good at getting back or the poke check.  She is a reliable defender and able to drop in as needed on offense.  

Samira Schmidt #15 (Team Colorado U19, F, 2022): Schmidt skates with speed, she goes hard after the puck and will stick with the opponent to harass them to give up the puck.  She is not afraid to use her body and has a strong power play game. Knows where teammates are to find the scoring chance.    

Savannah Vennard #40 (Team Colorado U19, D): Vennard is a strong defender with a good skill set.  She communicates with teammates and steps in big.  She plays with confidence, controls gaps, and made an absolute snip goal to tie it up against Florida Alliance.      

Rachelle Cain #18 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U16, D, 2022): Cain is a smart defender, knowing where to send the pass and when to take a shot.  She jumped in offense to chip in a shot from point to light the lamp. Solid and with good size, she plays physical with a hard slapshot.  She can rip a shot from the blue line into the net and she is unselfish knowing when to send the puck to a teammate.   

Brittany Iversen #5 (East Coast Wizards U19, F, 2022): Iversen is a hard worker and skates with a mission.  She is a smaller center and uses it to maneuver and divide the defense on her tenacious zone entries.  She is used on the penalty kill and can get to the puck to clear. Good skater and dangerous goal scorer.  

Julie Tremblay #18 (East Coast Wizards U19, F, 2022): Tremblay is a large winger.  She can dog the opponent and creates turn overs with her pressure.  She has a great wrist shot and targets the upper right corner to score.  She can assist in the faceoff circle and win.  

Madelyn Franta #6 (Milwaukee Junior Admirals U19, F, 2023): Franta is a good skater that will carry the puck until the play is available.  She is very coordinated using her foot to move the puck while in motion to her stick or uses her body to protect the puck while finding the shot.  She is a hard worker and will hustle on or off the ice.   

Grace Johnson #14 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, D): Johnson was spotted with her blueline agility.  Moving laterally to open a lane, around an opponent and sending a shot in upper corner through traffic – sick goal.  She is a reliable defender with good instincts.  She plays on the penalty special team.   

Alyssa Filmer #89 (CT Polar Bears U14, F): Filmer is a smart winger that skates well and passes cross ice tape to tape.  She will draw the defense deep into the offensive zone and make a well-placed pass to the net front.  She uses techniques to get the puck up the ice, such as, fakes and timing of speed.  She is part of the special teams.     

Hailey Vigna #10 (Ironbound Elite U14, F): Vigna is a good skater that is hungry for the puck.  She can handle traffic and get to the net with her active stick.  She has a good drive to score with ability to light the lamp.   

Sophie Smith #13 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, F): Smith plays center and skates well with edges to maneuver around opponent. She is a team player using her linemates to find the open side of net with sharp passes.  Good shot.   

Solana Zizzo #27 (Rome U16, D, 2024): S. Zizzo has a knack at seeing the play and where to send the puck.  She has a hard accurate pass and moves the puck quickly.  She will protect the blue line and send shots at net, resulting in great scoring opportunities.  She cycles the offensive zone dropping down as needed and confidently protects the puck at both ends of ice.   

Olivia Fagan #3 (Greenwich, F, 2025): Fagan is a strong athlete that has a good compete level.  She can skate the puck up and see the play developing and when the best option is to pass, she makes the set-up assist.  A total team minded hockey player.  Her shot is on target and can light the lamp, she had beautiful wrist shot goal finding the back of the net.     

Liliana Ficaro #25 (CT Northern Lights U14, F):  Ficaro plays left wing and has good hand eye skills.  She skates good and uses her size to angle opponents for possession and turn overs.  She has good speed and shot.   

Alianna Laporte #14 (Ironbound Elite U14, F): Laporte covers left wing and is not afraid to play big and physical.  She sets a pass tape to tape for moving the play forward or on numerous assists.  

Maggie Donegan #36 (CT Jr. Rangers, F): Donegan was covering center and can win draws.  She has good speed and stick handling skills.  She will circle the offensive zone to find the open lane and can release a quick shot when found.   

Victoria Concepcion #81 (CT Polar Bears U14, F): Concepcion plays wing using her stick skills, curls and strong skating to weave through the opponents.  She is a solid hockey player, and we look forward to watching her development.   

Lilly Ainley #37 (CT Jr. Rangers, F): Ainley is a right winger that gets the puck up the ice.  She can think quick, chip pass to herself or send a give and go.  She is good at receiving passe son the move and executes a good wrist shot on net.  She is part of the special teams penalty kill.    

Kira Sceidegger #21 (Team Colorado U14, F): Sceidegger is a young Team C first line center.  She is Feisty.  Yes, she draws penalties, but is so competitive we admire her drive and passion.  We look forward to her development and her confidence building in her skillset and trust to use them more than some of the behind the scenes shenanigans that put a team down a player.  Good skater, edges, and stick.   

Annie Schwarz #71 (CT Jr. Rangers, F, 2026): Schwarz covers the center wining a fair number of draws.  She is quick and plays with a high IQ.  She is a smaller player with time to develop.  She is good at using linemates to maneuver around opponents, we particularly liked her passing and back drops to find open lanes.  She is a team player that can help light the lamp.     

Lily Thomas #18 (Team Colorado U14, F, 2025): Thomas covers left wing and does her center well by getting the puck and setting the perfect pass to the front of the net.  When she finds the open lane or scoring opportunity, will let one fly with a strong wrister.  Confident player with good awareness.   

Katie Collins #7 (Mid-Fairfield U14, F, 2025): Collins is an excellent skater and understand how to use angles to ride the player out.  She has a strong stick and uses it well for passing, poke checks, and shooting.  She is part of the penalty kill special team.   

Abbie Poole #3 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, F, 2025): Poole is a supportive left wing that carries the puck or passes well to set an offensive moving sequence.  She has a quick release and was able to send a puck in up and over the goalie’s glove for a game winning goal.  We look forward to seeing her development in the coming years.   

Lauren Rey #15 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U14, F): Rey covers center and plays competitively.  She skates well and can get the puck to net.  Her shot is quick and on target.  Part of the special teams.   

C+

Danica Glass #23 (East Coast Wizards U19, F): Glass is a fast skater that moves well with the puck.  She will carry it up the boards and has perfect timing to chip along the boards to beat opponents.  She will hustle both directions and her speed comes into play during the penalty kill.   

Neely Donegan #9 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U19, D): Donegan is a physical strong defender that can hold the boards and blueline.  Great attitude, she took it hard and didn’t lose a step to focus on keeping the play alive.  She keeps opponent to the outside ridding them full ice.  Passing, shooting, and backchecking well are all in her toolbox.  She can send a rocket five-hole to add points for her team. She is versatile and will win face-offs as needed.  She has vision and can set the breakout with a tape-to-tape pass.  

Chloe Agopian #16 (CT Jr. Eagles, C): Agopian is a good skater that wins face-offs.  She has a crafty stick that can collect the puck and move around the opponent.  She is effective at stopping the shot on the penalty kill.   

Abigail Ainley #40 (CT Jr. Eagles, F, 2022): Ainley is effective playmakers using the point.  She is a team player and cycles with the defense to create an opening to get to the net.  She has skating skills and is dangerous with her stick, which she was able to score with keeping it active.  Two-way player.   

Julia Chase #30 (East Coast Wizards U16, G): Chase is a tall goalie that stays up strong. She smothers puck hard and transitions well between positions.  She sees the ice and stays active in the breakout play with hard well-placed passes.  She has a good glove technique, held high and open stance with a tight grab.  She is effective in making half-butterfly stops without leaving the front of the crease vulnerable.    

Seneca Urban #18 (Team Colorado U16, F, 2022): Strong forward that play physical.  Can win face-offs and uses her body to hold the dot.  

Isabella Paswaters #41 (Team Colorado U16, F, 2023): Paswaters has a quick release wrist shot.  She makes effective plays when on the ice and executes systems.  Good IQ and knows when to use the point.   

Finley Davignon #26 (CT Jr. Eagles, D): Davignon is a good all-around player. She skates with speed, shots on the move, has a quick shot and can score goals.  She has a powerful shot and was able to find the five-hole to light the lamp. She is aware of her teammates and will cover for the defense in a two-way game.  She plays physical, especially in front of the net or killing off a penalty.   

Ellie Grinnals #16 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U19, F, 2022): Grinnals plays with grit. She wins most face-offs and skates well.  She has a dialed hard wrist shot.  Can cross the line a bit with her intensity, but her pressure and disruptive actions win puck control.   

Lizzy Sachar #7 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U19, F): Sacher is a smart winger.  She handles the puck well in movement.  Her stick skills shined in a chip pass over a defender’s stick in landed net front for the perfect set-up.  Good two-way skating ability.  

Peyton Lyndon #22 (Milwaukee Junior Admirals U19, D, 2023): Lyndon is a physical defender that can flop opponents to clear the net.  She plays with tenacity and has a strong slapper that hits the target one way or another.  Hard passes.  

Samantha Roberts #44 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, F): Roberts is a good size forward that wins the one-on-one battles.  She uses skating and strength to drive the net.  

Sara Ponik #72 (Ironbound Elite U14, D): Ponik is a solid defender that takes shots on goal, many times allowing a redirect goal.  Good stride and we look forward to seeing more of her development.   

Clara Cumming #11 (CT Jr. Rangers, D, 2025): Cumming has a good shot and is not afraid to use it.  Good skating and sees the ice to make smart plays in both ends.  Able to send or receive a pass.   

Victoria Jonasson #27 (Team Colorado U14, F, 2026): Jonasson has a great work ethic and will hustle to the puck as a right winger.  She can maneuver around players being light on her feet and keeping her stick active.  Good layers and support player.   

Abigail Dicks #42 (Rome U16, F, 2024): Dicks is strong on her skates, with two players on her was able to muscle a shot off on net, her wrister is accurate and released with umph.   

Cadence Kelly #71 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U14, D): Kelly is a good-sized defender that works hard.  She will hustle to the puck to win possession.  Good on the blueline and passing.   

Erin Butler #55 (CT Jr. Rangers, D): Butler is a tall player that has great skating in both direction with speed.  Her balance is impressive and will not back off battles to win possession.  She is part of the special team on penalty kill.   

Brynli Newman #16 (Florida Alliance U16, F, 2023): Newman is a versatile forward with a competitive drive.  She supports the play with layers or clog up lanes and she will muscle along the boards.   

Lauren Rey #29 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, G): Rey is an athletic net tender that moves well.  Her ½ butterfly is smooth, glove held high, smothers loose pucks well.  She can anticipate and track play.   

Isabella Schifano #11 (CT Jr. Rangers, F): Schifano covers left wing and skates with speed. She can shoot well, her wrister seems to have eyes and whistles through traffic.  Passes are accurate.   

Karolina Prytko #64 (CT Northern Lights U14, D): Prytko has quick reaction time to clearing her defensive zone.  Solid defender that can handle the puck and maneuver around opponent.   

Mary Lohmeyer #27 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, D): Lohmeyer is a good skater in both directions and can glide with speed to cover the ice.  She has good size and is not afraid of the dirty areas to battle for possession.   

Hannah Rich #13 (Mid-Fairfield Minor, D, 2025): Rich covers the center dot with confidence.  She will take the puck on the move and drive the net for a shot on goal.  Good skating and could benefit from heads-up more.  Part of the penalty kill special team.   

Paige Smith #31 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U14, G): Smith is good under pressure.  She had an active glove and tracks the puck well.  Her hug is tight with little gaps, and she gets down to smoother hard.  She could open her mechanics a bit, but positioning is good.   

Skyler Toffolo #34 (CT Jr. Rangers, F): Toffolo is a tall winger with a great reach.  She positions herself well to protect the puck and plays hard along the boards.  She has a strong shot and agile feet.   

Elodie Anderson #19 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, F): Anderson is a physical winger that can disable her opponent and take possession. She is tall and uses her reach wisely. We look forward to watching more of her in the coming years.   

Keira Holdenrid #4 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, F): Holdenrid covers left wing with some crafty stick skills.  Good skater with an awareness to pass or shoot at the right time.  Her back pass is sweet and executed well.  We look forward to seeing more of her in the coming years.   

Juliana Iannace #20 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, D): Iannace is a strong solid defender with a power stride to get to the play.  She can get shots on net, with a particular boomer of a snapper.  Clears the zone with a hard pass.   

Mikayla Mrzywka #4 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U14, F): Mrzywka is a good-sized player that gives everything she has with a high compete level, skating through traffic, chasing puck while on belly, and battling for possession.  She is athletic and skates well.  

C

Molly Re #15 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, D): Re hustles to get puck, backcheck hard and quick to the bench.  This defender has a perfect stretch pass to hit the breakout player’s tape. We look forward to seeing her develop and skate again, as a hard hit ended her weekend too short.

Sydney Babin #29 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, G): Babin has good instincts and can read a play.  She made some impressive saves point blank, has a strong glove, and handles pressure well.  She can track the puck through traffic and made some great saves on 3 on 5 penalty kill.  With small positional tweaks and this goalie will find success at the next level.

Morgan Daly #4 (Philadelphia Little Flyers U19, D): Daly is a good defender when it comes to holding the blue line.  She is used on the penalty kill.  She takes shots on net and plays a physical game.  She moves opponent players from her team’s net and supports the goalie well.  

Payton Lloyd #26 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U19, D): Lloyd is a strong defender that can stand up opponents.  Playing her physical game, she dropped into pick-up the rebound to score. Not afraid to battle to protect her net.  Hard passing.  

Rebecca Cain #17 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U16, F, 2022): Cain has a good size and a great work ethic.  She goes hard after the puck to get control.  This right wing understands how to move the puck during the power play.  Good skater.  

Natasha Neelon #14 (East Coast Wizards U19, D): Neelon is a strong defender that can pinch along the boards as needed.  She is smart on the penalty kill knowing when to eat the clock or clear zone.  Good passes. 

Brianna Sullivan #8 (East Coast Wizards U19, F): Sullivan is a good skater that can handle the puck.  She is aware her line mates are and will cover for the defense to join the offense.  She has quick shot and ability to set-up the goal.  

Riley Millard #28 (CT Jr. Eagles, D): Millard is a tall defender with a great reach that she can hold the blue line or poke check with.  She has patience to find the offensive lane and make a hard shot.  

Isabelle Zizzo #29 (Rome U16, F): I. Zizzo has a great work ethic.  This right wing will battle to gain possession, give second effort, and hustle to join the rush.  We look forward to her continued development in the coming years.  

Abby McInerney #71 (Valley Jr. Warriors U14, F): McInerney A. is a young winger that plays big.  She supports her center well and we look forward to seeing more of her in the future.  

Cadence Kelly #71 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U14, D): Kelly is a good-sized defender that works hard.  She will hustle to the puck to win possession.  Good on the blueline and passing.  

Aaniva Heidt #33 (Team Colorado U14, D, 2025): Heidt is a tall defender that can see the ice.  She has a good on target blueline wrist shot, skates well, and will get back.  We look forward to seeing her play more in the future.  

Abby Roberson #25 (CT Jr. Rangers, D, 2026): Roberson is a tall player with good reach.  She will call for the puck to encourage the use of the point in offensive zone.  She has sharp blueline shots on net.  She could work on heads-up and make sure pass placement is dialed in.  We look forward to honing her skillset in high school.  

Veronica Taylor #44 (Boston Advantage U16, F, 2024): Taylor a rugged player that gives it her all. She handles the puck well in movement.  She plays hard, physical and is passionate about winning.  She is big, strong and will hustle to the play, which she can run into some issues leading to making the team down a player.  We look forward to seeing her game develop in the coming years.  

Sasha Weiner #5 (Ironbound Elite U14, D, 2025): Weiner can pass on a dime and set the shot that finds the back of the net.  She is able to hold the blueline and gets back. 

Nikita Danchak #4 (CT Polar Bears U14, D, 2025): Nikita is a physical player that uses her skating to maneuver the zones.  She has accuracy but could work on power of shot.  Angles and gaps good.  Used on penalty kill special team.  

Kyla O’Byrne #6 (CT Jr. Rangers, F, 2022): O’Byrne is a smart wing that supports her center well.  Her positioning is good and found herself in the perfect spot to backhand a puck into the net to put her team on the board.  She serves on the penalty kill special team and works hard. 

Kylie McGregor #96 (Team Colorado U14, D, 2025): McGregor has a good blueline quick release.  Her snap and wrister are on target.  She protects her zone and passes well.  We look forward to seeing more of her.  

Maria Suarez #82 (CT Jr. Rangers, G, 2025): Suarez is an athletic net tender that tracks the puck well.  Her movement is smooth, and she covers hard.  

Brooke McLaughin #56 (CT Polar Bears U14, F): McLaughin is a tall physical player that wins battles along the boards.  She shows leadership on the ice and works hard.  We look forward to watching her progress.  

Kate Elbrecht #14 (Syracuse Valley Eagles U14, F): Elbrecht is a physical right winger.  She uses her size to drive the net and get hard shots off.  We look forward to tracking her development.  

Sophia Dadd #55 (CT Polar Bears U14, F, 2025): Dadd covers center.  She has a great mindset and playmaker style to her game.  She is unselfish, passing quick to leading F1 or drawing defense to open net shot.  We look forward to seeing her develop in the coming years. 

Isobel Christian #57 (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, F): Christian Is a physical player with good work effort.  She has a good compete level and we look forward to seeing her play more.  

Emersyn Carpenter #83 (CT Northern Lights U14, F): Carpenter plays wing and can skate while handling the puck well.  She has a good shot on target.  Cycles in the offensive zone.  

C-

Olivia Gill #29 (CT Jr. Eagles, D): Gill is a notable defender that plays with grit good speed handling the puck.  She has skill to keep her feet moving to find the open lane for the breakout or offense shot.  She has a hard wrist shot.   

Eva Witkowski #4 (CT Jr. Eagles, F): Witkowski is a notable good skater both forward and backwards.  She plays with confidence and gives full effort.  She is aggressive on the penalty kill.   

We are thrilled to share that Neutral Zone Women’s visited our Dawg Daze of Summer tournament in Connecticut.

Neutral Zone is a first-of-its-kind hockey scouting and news site. The women’s team is made up of 9 experienced scouts who attend games, tournaments, and showcase events to discover and evaluate the best players in their respective regions. Neutral Zone scouts come from diverse, high-level hockey backgrounds, most of which include playing, coaching, or scouting at the NCAA, CIS, or other elite-level amateur programs.

NEUTRAL ZONE NGHL DAWG DAZE OF SUMMER SCOUTING REPORT 

We visited the Dawg Daze of Summer tournament in Connecticut. We were able to see games all day on Saturday at the Northford Ice Pavilion. We focused on the U19 division only this weekend and saw a lot of good talented players. There were teams from all over the country, the diversity of teams was great to see and awesome for these girls to see what other talent is out there for their age group. Below is a list of players we believed stood out the most to us. Reminder: This is how we believe each player played THIS WEEKEND only and is not a representation of their full-season play.

A+

Kaylee Lewis #11 (Dallas Stars Elite U19, F, 2022, UVM): Kaylee Lewis is a D1 UVM commit and that comes to no shock for us. She showed us excellent speed, up ice, all game long, paired with great vision to find the open player when entering the offensive zone. She always had her head up to make a play and she positioned herself in areas of the ice to help her teammates get her the puck. She showed us that she can outmuscle defenders to win battles along the boards with her good size and competitiveness. She does everything with high tempo which should translate well at the division 1 level.

A

Gabby Demorat #34 (Team Colorado U19, F, 2022): Immediately we were able to see that Gabby is a very smart and poised player. She skates well when she has the puck and does not rush to make decisions. Her teammate utilization was displayed on many occasions by feeding them in the slot and giving a hard effort to win puck battles which helped make her linemates’ lives a lot easier. She used her body well to puck protect and keep the puck longer on her stick to maximize scoring chances. Gabby also made herself easily findable for breakouts and made zone entries look smooth and effortless for her team by controlling the puck through the neutral zone and making good passes. We believe the team saw the success they did due to her hardworking play all weekend.

A-

Macy Gehrke #88 (Team Colorado U19, F, 2022): Macy was a very high offense player. She skates very well with the puck and can accelerate to top speed in under 3 steps. She displays good edge work by picking up a lot of speed to blow past defenders and keeps her feet moving as she cuts to the center of the ice. We saw her bury some goals and she showed off her versatility on finding the back of the net. She can put on a very well-placed shot to score, or to produce a juicy rebound, or can crash the net and bury from the dirty areas in front of the net.

Jordan Ray #20 (Florida Alliance U19, F, 2022): Congratulations on the weekend warrior Jordan Ray and we can see why since she finished the tournament with 21 points in only 5 games played. Jordan was very explosive with her skating. She showed us, on many occasions, that she could zip out of corners with quickness and intent on getting a scoring chance. She placed her shots on net well and really focused on making the goalie’s job very difficult. Jordan was also able to display a great ability of getting open in high scoring areas, whether it be back door or in the slot which really helped her rack up an abundance of points.

B+

Lilly Hartnell #5 (Dallas Stars Elite U19, D, 2021): Lilly is very close to being a great 2-way player. She forechecks hard and makes the lives of opposing defenders very difficult. She will do anything to get the puck from you if that is using her body or getting scrappy along the boards. While she uses her body well to win 50/50 pucks, she is a clean player with good skating ability. She shows good edgework by picking up speed in transition with ease and getting to top speed quickly. When she can get more scoring chances and find the open player, she will be even better at the next level.

Su-An Cho #16 (Florida Alliance U19, D, 2022): Su-an Cho is a very offensive defenseman. She really likes to jump up in the play and take the puck up ice herself. She is allowed to do so because she uses her ability to find skating lanes to help her get into the offensive zone. She can control the puck on her stick and use that with her poise to not rush a bad shot on net but instead curl back and make a play towards the center of the ice to develop more chances. She also showed great patience in the D zone to pick her head up and make the smart pass up ice or leg it out.

B

Samira Schmidt #15 (Team Colorado U19, F, 2022): It seems Team Colorado really preaches puck protection and body position because Samira did a great job at both. In the corners especially, Samira did a good job of using her edges to give the defenders very little chance to take the puck away from her. She then showed us many times that she could shield off opposing players and pick her head up for a pass to her teammates. We were able to get a board side vantage point for a game and she kept with the pace of the game well by making decisions quickly and capitalizing on her decisions.

Sydney Merritt #12 (Dallas Stars Elite U19, D, 2021): Sydney, like the rest of her team, showed great effort and willingness to win. She did the necessities really well with forechecking and winning almost every puck battle she was involved in. She also liked to help on the backcheck by finding the open player and making sure they were covered. Sydney has an ability of having great straightaway speed. She used this to pressure the D in the neutral zone, to cause havoc and force the opposing defense to make a bad pass.

Emily Gerrie #24 (Team Colorado U19, F, 2022): Emily put herself in a great position all game in all 3 zones. In the offensive zone, she made herself available for the puck and supported the puck by staying high and entering puck battles when needed. She displayed the same great support in the defensive and neutral zone as well to make her defenseman more comfortable to make a pass up ice or rush up ice on their own. Emily also showed us how well she can stick handle away from trouble and find open areas on the ice.

B-

Madelyn Pope #55 (Florida Alliance U19, F, 2022): Madelyn is a tall girl who uses it to her advantage. She still has the footspeed to skate by defense on the rush and can use her frame to protect the puck very well from the opposition. She used her teammates well by getting passes to players in higher scoring chances and she could send a hard shot on net herself.

Tess Barrett #76 (Minutemen Lady Flames, D, 2021): Tess was definitely one of the better defensemen in the tournament and she showed us a lot of good things. She was very well positioned on the point by being able to step up and keep the puck in the zone when needed to hold the offensive blue line. She was also the quarterback to the powerplay and showed off her poise by not forcing bad passes to any of her teammates. Her gaps were good for one on ones and she showed a noticeable amount of confidence with the puck when it was on her stick by holding off on tough to make passes but instead making the easy and better play.

Abigail Ainley #40 (CT Jr. Eagles, F, 2022): Abigail truly got better as the game went on. She showed us that she can use her speed in all areas and situations on the ice. She was able to track down pucks quickly and get down low from dump ins to cause panic from opposing defenseman. She relies on her foot speed which is no problem at all since it created more chances to score and helped her get to an area to make a pass across the zone or for a cycle down low.

Mallory Farrell #7 (Minutemen Lady Flames, F, 2024): Is a good size and strong forward. She used her strength and body to shield off sticks and used the perimeter of the ice to her advantage. She showed us good confidence with the puck on her stick and seemed to be the most effective when she was in possession of the puck. The game we saw from her was played mostly in the offensive zone and she made the most of it by having her head up and using her playmaking to find smart passes to her teammates.

C+

Kayla Persinger #10 (Ironbound u19, D, 2021): Kayla was a very good all-around defenseman. She was able to hold the puck in the zone and wouldn’t jump back too early. She was able to help out on breakouts by making clean tape to tape passes or legging it out of the zone herself. She really likes to rush the puck up ice and she was quite successful doing so. We think when she can pick her head up more and show off more of her passing skill, she would open more eyes for coaches at the college level.

Cate McLean #16 (Mid-Fairfield CT Stars U19, F, 2023): Cate is a player who does the little things well and keeps her game simple. There was no shortness of effort either because we saw her many times pressure the opposition in the D zone and be able to transition up ice smoothly and quickly. She handles the puck well while on the rush and when she does not have it, she supports her teammates well by being close by to pick up loose pucks. She could have had more assists this weekend but due to good goaltending unfortunately she missed out on at least a couple. With that said, she showed us that she can find open players and give her teammates chances to put goals on the scoreboard.

Emily Long #17 (Bridgewater Lady Bandits, D, 2022): The game we saw, Emily was involved in a very exciting game against the CT Jr. Eagles that made it all the way into a shootout. We bring this up because we really liked the way she handled this close and intense game. She played a simple and honest defensive game and did not try to do too much. She had an active stick at all times to make sure odd man/even rushes were stopped before any chances from the other team could happen. Emily used good gaps on one on ones and this made it easier for her to steal pucks and create less chances on net for the other team.

C

Kendall Conley #21 (Mid-Fairfield CT Stars U19, D, 2023): Kendall was able to show us great IQ in all 3 zones. She showed us good IQ by getting in passing lanes and making sure her goalie could see every shot come at her. What was easily noticeable was when she was on the ice, breakouts went very smooth and with little to no mistakes. She would find the open winger and send a good clean pass right on the tape to her forwards. She also did not let very much get by her on one-on-ones due to tight gaps and she forced the opposing forwards to dump the puck in instead of trying to get around her.

Our 2021-22 season kicked off with our Exposure Clinic (August 26), Dawg Daze of Summer (August 27-29) in Northford, CT, and Labor Day Challenge (September 3-6) in Simsbury, CT.

Combined, the showcases hosted one hundred and seven (107) teams across 5 divisions – 10U – 19U – and everyone seemed to be happy to be back in showcase mode. We hope it was a great way for your teams to kick off their season!

Exposure Clinic

Skaters received personalized instruction and attention from some of the best coaches. In attendance were coaches from Merrimack College, University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, Post University, UMass Boston, SUNY Oswego, Trinity College (NESCAC), and Western New England University.

Always a fun event with skills in the AM and games in the afternoon, the Coaches also facilitate a working lunch with the student-athletes talking through recruiting, what its like to be a college athlete, and giving skaters a chance to talk directly to coach in a  small group setting.

Trinity
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On Ice 1
Quinnipiac
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Coaches
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Dawg Daze of Summer Invitational

Dawg Daze of Summer Invitational in Connecticut kicked off the NGHL 2021-22 Red Division season for divisions 12U to 19U. Teams skated out of three rinks – Cromwell, Northford, and Milford.

At this event, the NGHL implemented some new tech, notably Gamesheet. League standings, stats, can be found on our Game Center page and Dawg Daze-specific event standings can be found here.

As always, you can see all the activity around  NGHL events on our Instagram Highlights at https://www.instagram.com/nghlhockey

Labor Day Challenge

Labor Day Challenge in CT kicked off the NGHL 2021-22 Blue Division season for divisions 10U to 19U. It was great to see some new faces and familiar faces, even though partially covered by masks. Thank the players, coaches, and families for respecting the rules that we had to put in place to ensure we all stay healthy and safe.  

Congratulations to the Labor Day Challenge Division winners:

The National Girls Hockey League (NGHL) is excited to announce its new partnership with ICEBERG Analytics and the Prospect Exchange (TPE).  Beginning with the 2021-22 season, NGHL member clubs in the Red Division at the 14,16, and 19 age levels will receive access to ICEBERG Analytics’ Premium X product at league events where game clips and advanced stats will be automatically uploaded to each players’ TPE profile page. The Prospect Exchange (TPE) has quickly become one of hockey’s most popular platforms that connect players, coaches, and scouts using TPE’s unique communication tool. Players will be able to share their video and analytics with college coaches and also track communication on their dashboard. With over 2,000 registered coaches and scouts using the platform, TPE has become a trusted source in player recruitment and is proud to partner with the NGHL and Black Bear Sports Group.

“We are very excited about our partnership with ICEBERG and TPE and the tremendous value it will bring to our membership,” said Jeremy Dallow, Interim-Commissioner of the NGHL. “Our vision is to use great emerging technologies to offer our players the opportunities to be seen by coaches and scouts and advance their hockey careers and we believe this partnership helps us execute that vision.”

Recently, the Prospect Exchange announced they will be integrating their platform with the technology of Iceberg Sports Analytics. ICEBERG is the global leader in providing enhanced hockey analytics and data collection through modern computer vision algorithms. ICEBERG will provide video and analytics to 14U, 16U, and 19U NGHL members in the Red division playing league games at each NGHL event this season. Each player will also have their individual video and advanced analytics available to share in TPE.

We are humbled that NGHL has chosen to partner with TPE and ICEBERG. The NGHL is determined to provide their membership the greatest exposure to the next level and we are thrilled to be part of that process,” noted John Becanic, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of The Prospect Exchange.

Since day one we envisioned improving the structure and experience for girls hockey with the NGHL,” said NGHL Co-Founder, Sean O’Brien. “This new partnership is another big step forward for the league.”

BLACK BEAR SPORTS GROUP HIRES FIRST EVER FEMALE JUNIOR HOCKEY COACH FOR 2021-22

We’re excited to share that our partner Black Bear Sports Group continues to support women in sports.

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Kim Weiss hired as Assistant Bench Coach for North American Hockey League’s Maryland Black Bears 

Bethesda, MD (June 21, 2021) – Black Bear Sports Group, the largest youth hockey, and ice rink business in North America (“Black Bear Sports”), is pleased to announce the immediate hiring of Kimberly Weiss as Assistant Bench Coach for the Maryland Black Bears (the “Black Bears”), a Tier II Junior Hockey team that plays in the North American Hockey League.  Ms. Weiss joins the Black Bears’ coaching staff following the highly successful 2020-21 season which saw the Black Bears advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in their first-ever playoff appearance.  Kim joins the Black Bears following almost 10 years of coaching with the nationally dominant Washington Pride Girls Hockey Program.  Previously, Kim was an All-American four-year starter at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  Kim is also a Maryland native.

“We are excited to have Kim join our staff,” said Clint Mylymok, Head Coach and General Manager of the Black Bears. “Kim had an outstanding playing career and achieved great success with the Pride.  Over the past few years, Kim has joined us on the ice as well as evaluated for us at our main camps.  She brings a lot of hockey experience and will be an asset to our program.”

“It gives me great pleasure to have hired the first female President of a Junior Hockey team in Robyn Remick, to be a partner with Kathryn Kehoe in the largest girls hockey league in the country, and now to have hired the first-ever female bench coach in Junior Hockey in North America,” said Murry N. Gunty, Founder and CEO of Black Bear Sports Group.   “Kim is the All-Time leading scorer for Trinity and was an All American & 2x Captain before becoming a highly successful AAA girls coach where she developed countless players who went on to successful college careers.  We are lucky to have her on our team.”

“I am thrilled to join the Black Bears’ staff and look forward to working with Clint and Assistant Coach Brandon Gotkin,” said Kimberly J. Weiss.  “The team had an amazing season and I look forward to helping build upon their success this year.”

“This is another great example of why the NAHL is the League of Opportunity.  We wish Coach Weiss all the best and know she will make an impact in the development and growth of players as they continue to pursue their college hockey dreams,” said Mark Frankenfeld, Commissioner, and President of the North American Hockey League.

“Kim is an amazing person and an even better hockey coach,” said Andrew Goldman, President of Junior Hockey for Black Bear Sports.  “We have had the chance to work with her over the years in different roles and are pleased that she decided to accept our offer to join our staff in a critically important role.”