Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 10, 2014

North American Hockey League a valuable step towards college, pro hockey

By Joshua Boyd – USA Junior Hockey Magazine

J.C. MacLean was once a young tyke wandering the halls of Madison Square Garden, and New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena.  He was able to see, from a young age, the preparation and commitment to the game of players like Martin Brodeur, Brian Leetch, Zach Parise and Eric Staal. Now, with his name on the NHL Central Scouting List’s Preliminary Players to Watch list, released on Sept. 23, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and Austin Bruins forward may be embarking on his own potential pro career path MacLean joined 12 others either currently or formerly in the NAHL – the United States’ only recognized Tier-2 junior league – to make the list. The NAHL features 24 non-pay-to-play teams from Texas up to Alaska and just about everywhere in between. It was already a hoping to land a college commitment, and now its profile “It’s a great honor, obviously, to be put on that list,” said MacLean. “I’m very excited about that. I have a lot of hard work in front of me, and a lot to accomplish this season.” MacLean is the son of John MacLean, a prototypical power forward playing in the NHL from the 1980s into the early 2000s, mostly for the New Jersey Devils. He was later an assistant and head coach for the Devils and a Carolina Hurricanes assistant.


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Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 10, 2014

Pat Gazillo back with the Soo Eagles

By Randy Russon – Hockey News North

Soo Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo says a good team can never have enough good defencemen. Ergo, Bragagnolo did not hesitate in bringing hard-boiled hombre Pat Gazzillo back to the Eagles when the opportunity presented itself. Gazzillo, a 5-foot-10, 180 pound, hot-blooded Italian from Crown Point, Indiana, recently returned to the Eagles after spending the 2013-2014 season with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. Gazzillo is expected to be in the lineup this weekend when the 5-5 Eagles play host to the Minnesota Wilderness in Friday (7:30) and Saturday (7:00) night games at Pullar Stadium. A tough customer with good skills who is hard to play against, Gazzillo played in 65 games — playoffs included — for the Eagles during the 2012-2013 North American Hockey League season. “We like who we have on the blueline but when Pat called us and told us it wasn’t working out where he was at and he wanted to know if we would take him back, it was an easy decision,” said Bragagnolo.  “Pat is a kid who plays with an edge. He is a tough kid who battles hard and who is not easy to play against,” Bragagnolo added.


 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 09, 2014

Get to know your Soo Eagles - #29 Denver Pierce

Each week this season, we will spotlight a different Soo Eagles player, in our “Get to know your Soo Eagles” interviews with Fast Hockey’s, Scott Nason.

This week, Fast Hockey’s, Scott Nason, interviews Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan native, Denver Pierce. Denver, a Northern Michigan University tender, has a goal and seven assists this season.

This season, you will also be able to hear the interviews during the intermission of home Fast Hockey broadcasts.


 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 02, 2014

Pink in the Rink next weekend at Pullar Stadium

The Soo Eagles will host the Minnesota Wilderness next Friday and Saturday (Oct. 10 & 11) night at Pullar Stadium, and it will be Pink in the Rink weekend.

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Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 02, 2014

NAHL 2015 Top Prospects Tournament heads to Ann Arbor

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, will be held from February 23-24 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  In cooperation with the NAHL event, the NAPHL and NA3HL will also play their respective 2015 Top Prospect Tournaments at the same venue on the same days, as the three leagues merge their Top Prospects events together for the very first time.

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Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 02, 2014

Sawruk assists surging Eagles

By Randy Russon – Hockey News North

Bruno Bragagnolo, the seasoned coach-general manager of the Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League, is known as someone who gives credit when and where it is due.

And Bragagnolo has praise aplenty for his associate coach with the Eagles, Alex Sawruk.

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