Soo Eagles join the NAHL in mourning the loss of official Ben Allison
The NAHL and NA3HL regretfully announces the passing of on-ice official Ben Allison.
Allison, a 20-year-old official in the NAHL and NA3HL, was walking to school at Illinois State University where he was a student. During that walk, Ben was struck by a hit-and-run drunk driver. Though every effort was made by medical personnel to help Ben, the results of being struck left Ben with no brain activity. Due to Ben’s injuries he passed away on Tuesday.
If rumours do make the junior hockey world go around then the old mill is really turning.
Rampant rumours are running through the (in alphabetical order) Canadian International Hockey League, Midwest Jr. Hockey League, North American Hockey League and Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending January 25, 2015. The Easton Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2014-15 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.
Soo Eagle Trevor Cope was named North Division’s 2nd star. Cope had two goals and an assist on Friday night, and was a +3, as his goals helped spur an Eagle’s comeback, and a hard-fought road victory against the Michigan Warriors.
Soo Eagle’s forward, Chase Mattson, earned an honorable mention.
Soo Eagles have completed a four-player exchange with the Odessa Jackalopes.
In a North American Hockey League trade finalized late Tuesday, the Eagles have acquired hard-hitting, 1995 birth-year defenceman Jake Hamilton and energetic, 1995 birth-year forward Leo Lumm from Odessa.
Heading from the Eagles to the Jackalopes are 1996 birth-year defender Drew Holcombe and 1995 birth-year forward Nick Keck.
“We were looking to add some veteran experience and we did so with this trade,” Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “These are two guys who should be able to come in and take a regular shift for us.”
Hamilton, a big blueliner who plays it tough, racked up 125 penalty minutes with Odessa this season.
Lumm had 7 goals, 6 assists, 13 points for the Jackalopes, who have the worst record in the 24-team NAHL.
The Eagles, who are in third place, just one point out of second spot in the NAHL’s North Division, are home to the Janesville Jets for games on Friday (7:30) and Saturday (7:00) at Pullar Stadium.
Janesville is in first place in the North Division.
NAHL Top Prospect coaches, team breakdown announced
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the number of players that will represent each team at next month’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, which will be held from February 23-24, 2015 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with the teams’ coaches.
The number of players each NAHL team can to send to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, Midwest, North and South and a special fifth NAHL Selects team, will each play in two game games, is based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 18, 2015. For the Central Division, the Minot Minotauros (.718) will send five players, the Austin Bruins (.641) will send four, the Bismarck Bobcats (.538), Aberdeen Wings (.462) and Brookings Blizzard (.444) will each send three. To round out the Central Division team, the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, who are the 7th place team in the South, will send two representatives. The head coach of the Central team will be Marty Murray from the Minot Minotauros and the assistant coach will be Chris Tok from the Austin Bruins.
The Soo Eagles are committed to developing a tradition of academic
growth, athletic skills, leadership, self-esteem, self discipline,
integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship. We will provide this opportunity
through the NAHL Tier Two Junior Hockey League as well as having the
players involved in the community of Sault Ste. Marie in many projects.