The NA3AHL Central Penn Panthers are very happy to announce that four of its’ current players will be making the trip to the Prospects Showcase in Blaine, MN. The four players are Captain Austen Zimmerman (’99), Dennis Kohalda (’99), Patrick Swain (’99) and Josh Watterson (’98).
Zimmerman and Swain will be playing with the Pittsburgh Vengeance, while Kohajda and Watterson will be playing with the Syracuse Stampede in Blaine.
“We have a number of kids deserving to go to the showcase”, said Wil Younger, VP/GM of the Panthers. “It’s great to see the kids get rewarded for their hard word and dedication.”
“Both Syracuse and Pittsburgh have been great to work with. We’ve had four of our guys (Kohajda, Watterson, Braden Rishell (’99), and Marco Zarragoitia (’00)) play with Syracuse this season, and two (Swain and Zimmerman) with Pittsburgh. They are great organization, and we look forward to continuing to develop our relationships with them and others”, said Younger.
Younger continued, “We had great success with getting our players noticed this season, if they (the players) are willing to work, we’re willing to do what we can to get them to the next level”.
Another good example of this is former Assistant Captain Jake Beck (’97). The organization contacted the Jersey Shore Wildcats in October looking for a good place to get Beck (and others) exposure to the next level of play. Panthers aHead Coach Garrett Shultz worked with Jerseys Shore Coach Corey Leivermann to get some players time with the Wildcats. Leivermann welcomed the players with open arms. Beck practiced with Leivermann’s team a few times, and played in a few games, now Jake is with the Wildcats full time.
The 2016 North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Showcase will take place from December 16-18, 2016 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. This season marks the seventh straight year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States.
The NA3HL continues its tradition of serving as the best training ground of its kind in the country by providing the best exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes at the Tier III junior level. In 2016, the NA3HL a record amount of player advancement to the NAHL and had over 110 college commitments.
All 48 NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike.
The 2016 NA3HL Showcase Schedule will be built by the League office by matching teams up according to their position in the standings as of Monday, November 28th. The schedule will be released on Wednesday, November 30th.
In addition, the NAHL Central Scouting will be in full swing for the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine. NAHL Central Scouting is lead by Craig Barnett, Coordinator of Player of Personnel for both the NA3HL and NAPHL. Barnett’s primary role is to coordinate the scouting at all events, and to promote player advancement and to supply information to NAHL, NCAA and other junior and collegiate coaches. As an additional element to the program this season, an NCAA education and compliance seminar will be presented to all players, coaches and parents during the NA3HL Showcase. This will be the same presentation used in NAHL seminars and the focus will be on differences between NCAA Division I, Division III and ACHA, the breakdown of NCAA I conference landscape, NCAA Initial Eligibility information including important new rules going into effect this season and how future players will be affected, the recruiting process and how to market yourself.