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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sylvania Northview Hockey News

Recently several players tested their mustard at selection camps and showcases.  It is time briefly update the out comes of those events.
Austin Gryca, goalie for the Wildcat's did a bang up job at the Port Huron Falcons selection camp.  He left the even ranking in the top of all players at camp in off ice testing and on the ice he left with top 1/4 of goalies present low GAA of 2.45.  Gryca is getting noticed and was seen at the event by Scouts ranging from NHL to AAA 18U clubs.  Deriving much positive feedback to the Port Huron staff, as well general buzz by those in attendance.  A solid performance, that was consistant with quality athletic play Gryca fans have come to appreciate.
Drew Crandal performed equally well in front of an equally diverse croud of talent prospectors, all but larger in the EJHL summer showcase.  Drew suited up and played for the New Hampshire Monarchs where he established himself as Top Tier player.  Elite Prospects player profile Drew Crandal is a site that identifies prospects on a global level.  Drews games for the Monarchs are available on FAST HOCKEY  under the show tab go to On-Demand, under the next filter select  league select EJHL summer showcase A division, Drew's first game was July 23 at 4pm EST, Bay state 1 vs Monarchs white.  Drew is 14 yellow., in every game for the Monarchs White
Dalton Carter had a great trip to the Amarillo Bulls selection camp.  He performed well and left little doubt he will be playing at that level with sustained hard work this season.

Jordan Jones, a NV alumni who played much of last season with the NAEHL Toledo Cherokee on the Blue line has headed east.  He is now Playing for the IJHL Boston Jr Bulldogs. 

Culver Reports to Phantoms

Nolan Culver has faced some interesting times.  His trip to the combine, being Tendered by the Amarillo Bulls, making the 23 man roster for the Youngstown Phantoms and add in talks with D1 Colleges coupled with plans for those visits after the season begins.  Add in the intense conditioning regimen and your pretty busy.   Yet, just when the road was looking "simple" a curve comes at him.  Head Coach Curtis Carr, accepted the assistant coaching position with Merrimack college.  A great move for Carr, a great program.   The next few days for Culver, were interesting as the wait began with who would be the next head coach.
Step in assistant coach Noreen.  At 28 years old he will be the youngest coach the Phantoms have ever had and I believe the youngest USHL coach.  This move of elevating from with in for the Phantoms has been the norm, Carr was the last assistant promoted, and Mainhardt before him.  For the players, at this late date in the Coaching carousel, the move provides familiarity.  Nolan was called by coach Noreen and Culver was simply told nothing has changed, report for camp on Aug 30th ready to work hard starting the 31st.
The USHL Fall clasic begins on Sept 21st in Sioux City Iowa.  For Culver and the Phantoms the sechedualed games are as follows: Game 1 Sept 22nd vs Cedar Rapids @4pm CT, Game 2 Sept 23 vs Sioux Falls@ 6pm CT and Sept 24th vs Lincoln at 7pm CT.
Following the Fall Classic the Phantoms open regular season play just North of Culver's home town of Sylvania Ohio, in Ann Arbor MI.  The Phantoms will be playing Team USA Sept 30th at 7pm EST.