Forwards Mike MacKinnon and Doug Andrews skated with defenseman Will Shier on Team East and wound up winning the showcase tournament with a 2-1 win over Team West on the final day back on May 6.
“The atmosphere was fun since the 3HL and NAHL were both there,” said MacKinnon. “I tried not to think about the scouts too much and just focus on playing my game.”
Team East was made up of players from the Jets, Flint Jr. Generals, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks and Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins – teams that went to war against one another over the course of the 2011-12 regular season.
In Frisco, enemies on the ice became teammates.
“The team’s camaraderie was good from the first drop of the puck,” said Shier, who has already signed a playing tender with the NAHL’s Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings for next year. “I think we all realized we had to put prior feelings aside and come together to represent the East. We all wanted to show the league what the East Division was all about.”
“I had a good time getting to know all the guys from other teams and I thought we all got along really well,” added MacKinnon.
In the second game of the tournament, Team East defeated Team North by a 6-0 count. Shier scored the final goal of the game and MacKinnon drew an assist. In the opening game of the showcase on May 4, Andrews handed out an assist in the East’s 4-0 blanking of Team Central.
Next up for the Jets is a pre-NA3HL draft prospects camp June1-3 at Lakeland Arena. More information is available at www.MetroJetsHockey.com.
The NA3HL draft is scheduled for June 5.