After watching a handful of games, some of these teams could not compete in our league. – Canadian Junior Hockey League coach
And it’s true. There’s a lot of rust to be worked off the generally well-oiled North American Hockey League machine. The event itself is once again outdoing itself with the video production, broadcast, and amazing operation… but it’s the hockey that is leaving many watchers scratching their heads.
Steve Howard’s Austin Bruins have looked very strong in their first few games, and nobody can overlook Amarillo, El Paso, New Mexico, and Lone Star impressively representing the south. It does look like Wichita Falls is missing monster recruiter Keenan Kelly while Danbury may be forced to go back to the drawing board.
So here’s an early look at the grades going into the rest of the weekend.
El Paso Rhinos
New Mexico Ice Wolves
Lone Star Brahmas
St. Cloud Norsemen
Maryland Black Bears
Fairbanks Ice Dogs
New Jersey Titans
North Iowa Bulls
Kenai River Brown Bears
Corpus Christi IceRays
Wichita Falls Warriors
Danbury Hat Tricks
SCALE: A 725+, B 600-724, C 475-599, D 350-474, F 0-349
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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