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Five Jr Fuel Alumni Make Junior Hockey Debuts!

By admin 10/12/2021, 1:45pm EDT

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!

Congratulations to 14U AAA forward Filip Pliastos on being named NAPHL Peak Performer for the month of September! 

Filip led the Jr Fuel 14U AAA to three wins and one overtime defeat in the Tier 1 September Blaine Showcase. Pliastos had eight points in four games during the event in Blaine, which included five goals and three assists. He recorded at least a point in all four games and had two, three-point games.

The Jr Fuel 07’s currently sit in first place in the highly competitive NAPHL Tier 1 standings and are ranked 30th nationally at the AAA level in My Hockey Rankings. 

Nice work Filip and teammates! Good luck this weekend as all of our Tier 1 NAPHL teams compete in their first Central Division event in St Louis. 

Congratulations to Carmel native and Jr Fuel 18U AAA alum JJ Grainda on scoring two goals in his first NAHL game! Grainda made his junior hockey debut last night for the Chippewa Steel against the Kenai River Brown Bears in the Steel home opener. The NAHL rookie added an assist to make it a three point night and earn 1st Star of the Game  in the Steel’s 5-1 victory. 

JJ played the 2020-2021 season for the IYHA Jr Fuel 18U AAA and was tendered by the Steel midway through his final season of youth hockey. 

Congrats to JJ and the Grainda family on a tremendous start to your junior hockey career!

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