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Local Players Sign First NHL Contracts Within Days of Each Other

By Derek Edwardson 04/04/2019, 5:15pm EDT

Unprecedented news for two Indy born and raised youth hockey players. 
 

Within a span of two weeks, 23 year old Carmel native Grant Hutton and 25 year old Speedway native Mason Jobst both signed their first NHL contracts with the New York Islanders.

Both Jobst and Hutton are fantastic examples of patience, hard work and determination. Each player took a “non-traditional” path toward college hockey stardom and their upcoming opportunity on the world’s biggest stage. Both players played AAA hockey in town for the local Jr Ice U16/18 program. Both played three full seasons of junior hockey after they graduated high school, and joined their respective college teams after their 20th birthdays. Despite being a highly sought after NHL free agent in recent months, Hutton never found a permanent spot on a USHL roster. Jobst didn’t join Muskegon full time in the USHL until after two years of 18U hockey and had a list of NHL clubs seeking his signature upon conclusion of his senior season.

2018 Hometown Heroes Summer Camp guest Mason Jobst recently completed his college career at Ohio State with numerous scoring records and accolades including being named a finalist for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. Mason recorded 164 points in 150 career games for the Buckeyes while being a team captain during his final two years.

Jobst was rewarded for his effort with a two year contract from the Islanders on April 2.

Grant Hutton graduates this spring from Miami (Ohio) University, and like Jobst, was a two year team captain. Hutton finished his college career with 71 points in 144 games as one of Miami’s top defensemen. His 29 career goals are third most all time for a Miami defenseman.

Immediately upon conclusion of Miami’s season, Hutton signed an entry level NHL contract and joined the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

Please join the IYHA in congratulating these hard working young men on their upcoming graduation and tremendous college hockey careers and wish them luck as they take the next step in reaching their dreams.

 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Junior Fuel Hockey Club and Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association (IYHA) announced on 1/22/2019 that the two organizations have agreed in principal to join forces to create one of the largest youth hockey programs in the Midwest. The move combines the established history and deep roots of the IYHA with the strong footprint and name recognition of the Junior Fuel.

 

“This is a huge step for youth hockey in our community, bringing over 1200 youth players under one united banner” said Kurt Detamore, President of IYHA. “By bringing both of these organizations together, we will be able to better serve the needs of all of the players and families in the area.”

 

“This partnership will accelerate the continued growth of youth hockey in Central Indiana,” explained Indy Fuel Owner and Chairman Jim Hallett. “Through working in concert, the Junior Fuel and IYHA will aspire to become one of the premier youth hockey programs, not just in the region but across the nation.”

 

“We now have a unique opportunity to focus all of our efforts on providing the best product for all Indianapolis area hockey families,” said Derek Edwardson, who will continue to serve as Executive Director of the expanded Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association that will now compete under the Junior Fuel banner. “Our goal is to create a culture of passion, growth and development for the next generation of lifelong players, coaches, officials and fans of the best game on earth.”

 

The IYHA, playing as the Junior Fuel, will provide comprehensive in-season and off-season programming in all of the local ice arenas for central Indiana boys and girls consistent with USA Hockey’s American Development Model from first time skaters and recreational hockey, through Nationally competitive high-performance AAA hockey.

 

Details for 2019 spring programming and 2019-2020 travel tryouts, including information about Learn to Play, House Hockey and Girls programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Please monitor your email and existing website for future updates.

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