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2020 USPHL Combines coming to Fraser Hockeyland, Chicago this spring

By Joshua Boyd/ 02/18/2020, 10:00pm EST

The United States Premier Hockey League, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, are proud to announce their 2020 NCDC Combines, set to take place in Detroit, Mich. (April 10-11) and Chicago, Ill. (May 1-2).

These Combines will feature guaranteed scouting opportunities by coaches from the USPHL’s Tier II tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, along with additional scouting opportunities with other USPHL teams.

Players born between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2004, will be eligible.

Registration costs only $79 for each Combine. The USPHL is dedicated to providing a great value to prospective players to show their skills in front of NCDC coaches and begin new relationships.

Players will be guaranteed a minimum of three scrimmage games, and there will be goaltender-specific training sessions at each event. There will also be an informational seminar about the United States Premier Hockey League and its unparalleled USPHL Development Model.

The NCDC Detroit Combine (April 10-11) will be held at Fraser Hockeyland at 34400 Utica Road, Fraser, Mich., in the northern suburbs of Detroit, Mich. It is just over 30 minutes’ drive from Detroit Wayne County Airport.

Players can stay at the Hampton Inn Detroit/Roseville (33680 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48035) with a special room rate. The Hampton Inn is eight minutes’ drive from Fraser Hockeyland.

Register for the 2020 NCDC Detroit Combine:

The NCDC Chicago Combine (May 1-2) will be held at the Fifth Third Arena at 1801 West Jackson Blvd., in Chicago, Ill. Fifth Third Arena is the practice facility for the Chicago Blackhawks. Located in downtown Chicago, it is just over 30 minutes drive from O’Hare International Airport, and under 30 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport. There are countless lodging options in the Chicagoland area, all within a short drive of Fifth Third Arena.

Register for the 2020 NCDC Chicago Combine:

Invitations to NCDC tryout camps for the 2020-21 season will be offered to select players from each Combine. The NCDC Draft will be held on May 15, and NCDC teams will be scouting players for potential selections in that event to be held less than two weeks after the Chicago Combine.

Combine Offerings

The cost for each three-day combine is $79, with a three-game guarantee as well as off-ice activities, and player evaluations.

Also included: jersey, skate sharpening, laundry, accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site.

There will also be a Q&A/information seminar during each combine, where players and their parents, if in attendance, can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and USPHL league officials.

The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, are providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players from throughout the United States. Sign up today, as registration will be limited.

About the NCDC

The NCDC is the only tuition-free junior hockey league that is fully located in the Northeastern United States, limiting travel to New York, New Jersey and the New England states. This allows players to spend more time on development, both on-and off-ice, than traveling on a bus.

With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events.

There were more than 400 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2019-20 season. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division I conferences.

More than 100 players committed to college hockey out of the 2018-19 NCDC season alone, and more than 30 of those players advanced to NCAA Division I institutions from what was then a 12-team league.

USPHL alumni currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Brian Dumoulin, Jimmy Vesey and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets and MJDP played back-to-back double headers Saturday and Sunday at Fraser Hockeyland, with the Jets sweeping the Pittsburgh Vengeance to take over first place in the USPHL Great Lakes Division with one week to play in the regular season.

The Jets took a 4-2 win Saturday night and then a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon.

“We’ve been playing really well the last 3-4 weeks,” said Jets associate head coach Jamie Lovell. “I feel like we were relentless on the forecheck this weekend and put a lot of pressure on their ‘D.’ We got pucks to the net and got rewarded for it. It was a great weekend and I’m happy for our guys solidifying their spot in the division.”

In Saturday’s win, Alec Lindecker and Anthony Cinato each posted a goal and an assist, Josh German and Nick Ceccarini added one apiece, and Will Augustine finished with 20 saves in goal.

“The boys battled hard and we came out hot right away,” said Lindecker. “We were banging bodies, getting pucks deep, just doing things right.”

Then Sunday, Justin Renzi went for a goal and three assists, Ceccarini added two more goals, and Machus Turner turned aside 25 shots between the pipes.

Justin Song and Devon Fields also scored, and Conner Graham chipped in a pair of assists.

“It was awesome seeing the guys go so hard and we knew it would be a playoff environment,” Jets forward Trevor Granzow said. “We were ready to go.”

The Jets wrap up the regular season Saturday at home for Kids Day, a 4:30 p.m. start against the Columbus Mavericks.

This past Saturday afternoon, the MJDP suffered a 3-2 loss to the Lansing Wolves.

Garrick Smith and Brennan Zatelli scored, while goaltender Kris Eberly finished with 27 saves.

The MJDP rebounded Sunday morning, as Michael Paul stopped all 22 shots fired his way en route to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Fighting Irish.

“I felt great, and the guys made it easy for me, even when we broke down,” Paul said.

Darin Kennedy scored twice, Mitchell Hoon tallied a goal and an assist, and Nick McDougall also scored.

“I was feeling it today,” said Kennedy. “Get pucks to the net and, hopefully, it goes in. All you can hope for.”

The MJDP plays three on the road this week – Wednesday at 5 p.m. vs. Motor City Hockey Club, Friday at 7:30 p.m. vs. Fort Wayne Spacemen, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. vs. Lansing.

All games will be streamed on with live updates on the USPHL app.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Both the Metro Jets and MJDP finished off road sweeps Saturday night.

The Jets scored four unanswered goals and defeated the Toledo Cherokee 4-3 at the Team Toledo Ice House, while the MJDP needed just a Parker Wolters power-play goal and 26 saves from Kris Eberly to blank the Midwest Blackbirds 1-0 at the Midwest Ice and Training Center in Dyer, Ind.

In Toledo, the Jets faced a 3-0 deficit after 20 minutes, but mounted a comeback that ended with Matt Bleim’s goal with 2:37 to go in the third period.

“‘Germs’ (Josh German) did a great job keeping the puck in at the blue line,” explained Bleim. “I picked it up off the wall and beat the defender wide. I just tried to stuff it high to make something happen and it ended up going in.

“That’s a huge win for the boys with playoffs on the horizon. Every game is a must-win for us, and this is a great start going into next weekend. We came together going into the third and battled our way back to get the win.”

Nolan Turi, Devon Fields and Trevor Granzow also scored, while Justin Renzi and Anthony Cinato each posted two assists.

Machus Turner made 23 saves in the win, including a key stop late in the game, as the Jets outshot Toledo 40-26.

“We knew Toledo would come out hard after last night’s big loss, and I’ll give them credit for battling and their goalie (Chad Simmerman) for keeping them in the game, but I’m extremely proud of our guys for fighting through all that adversity and pulling out a huge win,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “We had players sick and out with injuries and needed all our guys to commit to the game plan. You can tell our guys wanted it and every single guy played a big role tonight. We got big goals from Devon, ‘Granny,’ Nolan and ‘Bleimer,’ but I have to point out something I’ve never seen before.  

“Machus Turner came back in the second and third to make some huge saves, but none was any bigger than his last one where he put his face on the line with no helmet on. Naturally, it would have been called off if it went in, but to see a player willing to do whatever it takes to keep the puck out of the net is impressive. Between Will (Augustine) and Machus right now, if our guys keep playing with this heart, I can’t wait to see them down the stretch. Proud to be their coach today and look forward to continuing to go to battle with them.”

This Wednesday, the Jets host the Lansing Wolves at Fraser Hockeyland at 6:45 p.m.

Next weekend, the second-place Jets host the first-place Pittsburgh Vengeance for two at Fraser Hockeyland. Game times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday night and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Just four points separates the Jets (32-7-1, 65 points) from Pittsburgh (33-5-1-2, 69 points) in the Great Lakes Division, and Pittsburgh has played one more game than the Jets.

“We know that every game is playoff hockey right now,” Bleim said. “The boys know we have to win out to get first place, and that’s what we want. We are taking every game as it comes and giving it our all.”

Meanwhile in Indiana, the MJDP (19-18-2-0, 40 points, third place) completed the sweep with a total team effort.

“That was a playoff-type game,” Jets assistant coach Dan Pszenyczny said. “The boys battled through a lot of adversity in all three periods. It was a roller coaster of emotions on the bench but once we settled down, we started to control the pace of the game and had them running around.

“Wolters had a perfect shot on the power play that got the boys going, and we didn’t let up after that. Eberly then made a huge save late in the game that sealed it for us.”

The MJDP outshot the Blackbirds 70-26.

“This win was huge for the guys,” added Eberly. “We really needed these points for playoffs. The boys battled hard all weekend. I’m proud of these guys.

“I didn’t get much action, but I was able to make big saves to keep the lead for the guys. The defense made my job pretty simple tonight.”

The MJDP is seven points behind the second-place Decatur Blaze and four points up on the fourth-place Fort Wayne Spacemen in the Midwest East Division.

Next weekend, the MJDP hosts Lansing Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and the Detroit Fighting Irish Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

“We just have to keep building from this,” Eberly said. “Reset this week at practice and just play Metro hockey again next weekend, keeping the playoff mentality.”

The two games Saturday will be the Jets’ annual Heroes Games, where the organization will honor and recognize military, police officers, firefighters and first responders.

All games will be streamed on with live updates on the USPHL app.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Justin Renzi and Trevor Granzow each scored two goals to lead the Metro Jets to an 8-1 win over the Toledo Cherokee Friday night at the Team Toledo Ice House.

Granzow (pictured) added an assist for a three-point game and Matt Bleim scored once with a pair of assists.

In goal, Will Augustine made 19 saves as the Jets outshot Toledo 58-20.

“I was really impressed with the way we managed the puck in all three zones with the exception of a couple plays,” said Jets associate head coach Jamie Lovell. “The one turnover led to their goal, of course, but ultimately, we played a strong game from start to finish.”

Josh German added a goal and an assist, while Jets captain Brodie Thornton and Alec Lindecker tallied single goals. Nolan Turi and Conner Graham posted two assists each.

Defenseman Justin Song, just back from the NCDC’s Rochester Monarchs, drew an assist on Lindecker’s goal.

Ben Mitchell scored Toledo’s lone goal and Mason Snyder finished with 50 stops in net.

Having this big win against Toledo is huge for the boys tonight,” German said. “Our compete level and confidence going into playoffs will help us reach the success we’re looking for. Having back-to-back games against the same team makes the games more competitive to win. Knowing Toledo, they will come out tomorrow strong and eager to win.”

“We have to move on and prepare again for tomorrow night,” added Lovell. “Just like last weekend, we’re playing the same opponent on back-to-back nights on the road, so it doesn’t get any easier.”

The two teams play again Saturday night at 7 p.m. back at the Team Toledo Ice House.

Also Friday night, the MJDP blanked the Midwest Blackbirds 6-0 at the Midwest Ice and Training Center.

Patrick Hays recorded the hat trick and Ethan Ryan turned aside all 19 shots he faced for his second straight shutout.

The MJDP outshot the Blackbirds 61-19.

“We started out good but then we took a few unnecessary penalties,” said Jets assistant coach Dan Pszenyczny. “The team buckled down, eliminated their scoring opportunities, and came away 0-0 after the first. The second, they came together and started playing hockey, started moving the puck and opening up the game for each other. 

“It was good to see Hays finally hit the back of the net a few times today. All in all, everyone on the bench played a great game. Ethan Ryan came up with timely saves when we needed him to.”

Hays said his last hat trick was “about eight years ago in youth hockey.”

“Everything went right tonight,” said Hays. “My teammates were feeding me passes and giving me chances to shoot. I tried to capitalize on every chance I had and ended up with a hat trick.

“This is a great win for the guys coming out here on the road. We talked about starting our playoff mentality early and I think it showed here tonight.”

Parker Wolters and Brayden Tayles each had a goal and an assist and Mitchell Hoon also scored.

Midwest goalie Radek Hunsinger made 55 saves in the Blackbirds net.

Both teams wrap up their weekend series Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

“They had a couple guys out tonight, so we’re expecting them to come out as hard, if not harder tomorrow night,” Hays said. “We need to come out tomorrow with the intensity we did tonight in the second period.”

All games will be streamed on with live updates on the USPHL app.

FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets have a longstanding tradition of team success, as well as moving players on to not only college programs, but programs where players can excel, both on and off the ice.

This past week, Jets captain Brodie Thornton committed to play for Adrian College, a team that won a national championship in 2018 with several former Jets players on the roster.

“The campus stood out to me when I visited and the school is only two hours away (in Adrian, Mich.),” said Thornton, a Clinton Township, Mich., native now in his third season with the Jets. “It’s a relief to make this commitment and a really good opportunity for the next four years. I hope to fit in really well as a freshman next fall.”

With the Jets, Thornton’s game has developed so much that the coaching staff can use him up front or on the back end and knows it will get similar results.

“We have known Brodie since his youth days,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “He is everything in a player and person coaches want. His family is full of awesome people who have done a lot in our hockey community. To see Brodie develop, grow and succeed to this level has been a blessing these last few years. He’s has developed into one of the best versatile players in the country.

“Brodie had an unprecedented amount of NCAA options, but it the end, he felt Adrian was the best fit for him. A top program is getting a top player. We are proud of him and wish him and his family nothing but the best.”   

Thornton was a rookie on the 2017-18 Jets team that captured its fourth national championship and wants to close out his junior career the way it started.

“Growing up playing hockey for the Metro Jets, I have learned to respect and to view things from all perspectives,” said Thornton, who turns 21 on April 6. “I appreciate the opportunities coaches gave me and came to realize the sacrifices they made to enable me to promote my skills on and off the ice. I will have to thank all coaches of the Jets (Quenneville, associate head coach Jamie Lovell and assistants Randy Wilson and Dan Pszenyczny) and our staff from ownership to the game-night and front office people.

“I also want to thank my closest friends and family members for knowing how much passion I have for the game and knowing to support me all the way.”

Getting back into the swing of school will be a challenge for Thornton, who played his youth hockey at Fraser Hockeyland, including two years with the Jr. Jets program, but it’s one he’s ready to face to continue living his dream.

He’s looking to major in Business Marketing at Adrian.

“I will have to reaffirm my dedication academically, but this is a challenge I have prepared for my whole life,” Thornton said. “I am certain of my readiness to tackle it.”

In the 2018 national semifinals against the Granite City Lumberjacks, Thornton’s overtime winner sent the Jets to the national title game, a game that also went to OT before Jhuwon Davis’ goal lifted Metro over the St. Louis Jr. Blues.

“That’s one memory that I will never forget,” said Thornton. “Winning the national championship my first year is an unreal memory but that’s the icing on the cake for all the moments I had that season. Another surreal memory would have to be seeing the Jets grow in numbers these past three seasons.”

This year wearing the ‘C,’ Thornton has compiled 21 goals and 51 points in 38 games.

More than stats, Thornton wants to once again see the Jets playing the final game of the season.

“My team expectations for the rest of the season are coming more together as a team, making playoffs and heading to nationals,” he said.

DETROIT – The MJDP offense was out in full force Monday night as the squad blanked the Motor City Hockey Club 10-0 at Jack Adams Arena.

Kris Eberly stopped all 14 shots he faced between the pipes as the MJDP outshot Motor City 58-14.

“The guys played a strong game,” Jets assistant coach Dan Pszenyczny said. “We got into a little bit of penalty trouble early, but the guys did a great job limiting scoring opportunities and killing off the penalties. 

“After that the team regrouped, stayed out of the penalty box, and started to control the puck and play of the game.”

Derek Dreher, Nick McDougall and John Taylor all had a goal and two assists, Mitchell Hoon a goal and three assists, and Garrett Benoit and Brennan Zatelli each tallied two goals and an assist.

“Everything was going right for us,” Taylor said. “Our passing was on point, our shots were getting through, and mainly we were playing like it was playoff hockey. Points are the biggest thing right now. We need every single one to try and get home-ice advantage for playoffs. 

“It’s playoff hockey from here on out. No game is taken any other way.”

Mitch Forton and Logan Davis added goals for the MJDP.

This weekend, the MJDP travels to Dyer, Ind., for two games with the Midwest Blackbirds. Game times are 7:50 p.m. Eastern Friday night and 8:15 p.m. Saturday night from the Midwest Ice and Training Center.

All games will be streamed on with live updates available on the USPHL app.