Congratulations to Jr Fuel 16U AAA player Peyton Smith for earning NAPHL All Star game MVP after scoring a hat trick and adding an assist last week in Blaine, MN.
The 2005 born forward from Maryville, IL was selected for the 2021 16U All Star game by the NAPHL league coaches and the NAHL Central Scouting staff. Peyton leads the Jr Fuel 16U AAA in league scoring this season with 18 points in 18 league games thus far. Smith rose to the occasion in front of dozens of scouts against the top players in the league. He led Team Grey to a 6-1 victory with a hand in four of the team’s six goals including three of his own. Smith is the first Jr Fuel player to earn All Star MVP honors since joining the league.
Connor Smith represented the Jr Fuel in the 18U All Star game. recording one assist in Team Grey’s 5-1 victory. The crafty 2003 born forward from Detroit, MI was selected after scoring 18 points in 20 league games for the Jr Fuel behind only Luke Slaven (Fishers, IN) who leads the team in NAPHL scoring with 24 points.
All four Jr Fuel NAPHL Tier 1 teams performed very well at one of the largest and most heavily scouted events of the season. Our 14U, 15U, 16U, and 18U AAA teams went a collective 12-2-2 on the weekend. Most notable was our 15U’s 5-3 victory over the first place Chicago Reapers breaking a ten game win streak and handing them only their second loss of the season.
The IYHA Jr Fuel Board and Staff wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season. We will see you all when we get back to our normal schedule the week of January 3rd!
Congratulations to Grant Hutton on making his NHL debut! Grant was born and raised in Carmel and grew up playing locally at the Ice Skadium and Fishers Forum (now Fuel Tank).
Hutton played his youth hockey in the IYHA and AAA for the Indy Jr Ice. He went on to play junior hockey in the NAHL and USHL before committing to play D1 hockey at Miami (Ohio) University.
Upon graduation, the undrafted free agent signed with the Islanders and played the following two seasons with their AHL affiliate. After a hot start to the ‘21-’22 season, he finally got his call for the home opener at the Islanders new home UBS Arena.
Grant was a Hometown Hero at our summer camp two years ago and can be found around the local rinks helping out in the off season.
Check out the Islanders article 7 Facts: Grant Hutton published ahead of his debut last Saturday night.
Congratulations Grant and the Hutton family!
Congratulations to five Jr Fuel 16U and 18U AAA alumni that have recently made their debut in Junior hockey!
Two former Jr Fuel 18U AAA goalies faced off in the NAHL over the weekend when the Danbury Hat Tricks hosted the Jamestown Rebels. Greyson Garrity earned the overtime win for the Jamestown Rebels. Garrity turned away 33 of 36 shots to win his first NAHL start.
Adam Johnson has started four games so far this season for the Danbury Hat Tricks and has posted an impressive .933 save percentage which ties him for 5th best in the 29 team NAHL through the first month of play.
The North American Hockey League is the only USA Hockey sanctioned Tier 2 Junior League in the nation. During the 2020-2021 season the league boasted a record 380 NCAA commitments and two NHL draft picks. Two NAHL alumni were a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2021 Stanley Cup winning squad. Forward Pat Maroon and Head Coach Jon Cooper both spent time in the NAHL.
Four year IYHA player Bobby Pokupec recently played in his first SJHL games with the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Bobby is a Cincinnati native that joined the IYHA as a 15 year old and stayed with us through the merge between the Racers and Jr Fuel. He was signed by the Hounds mid-season last year while playing Jr Fuel 18U AAA and made the Hounds final roster this summer out of training camp.
The Notre Dame Hounds have a long history of sending hundreds of players to the NCAA collegiate level as well as 19 current NHL players including stars Morgan Reily, Jordan Eberle and Sean Couturier. Another notable Notre Dame grad is former NHL player and current Jr Fuel coach Al Karlander.
Two year Jr Fuel 18U AAA player Sean Schifferl is three games into his junior career with the Northern Cyclones of the NCDC and picked up his first assist last week! Schifferl racked up 52 points in 67 games in a Jr Fuel uniform. The National Collegiate Development Conference is a junior league based on the east coast that boasted 188 NCAA college commitments during the 2020-2021 season.
Jr Fuel 16U AAA alum and Columbus, IN native, Ty Boone played his first game with the Caledonia Corvairs of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Boone made the team out of training camp as a free agent this summer and cracked the lineup on opening night for the Corvairs. Ty was selected to the NAPHL All Star game last season after scoring 18 points in 21 league games for the Jr Fuel 16U AAA team in ‘20-’21.
Congratulations to all five players and families!