With the Point Mallard Ducks set to hit the ice this fall, Decatur’s new junior hockey team is pleased to announce UAH alumni Craig Bushey as the team’s first head coach.
Craig Bushey accepts the position of Head Coach for the Point Mallard Ducks after a stellar career for the Chargers in which he scored over 100 points, followed by 6 years of professional hockey in the CHL and SPHL. When Bushey ended his career with the Huntsville Havoc he got involved in youth hockey, coaching local teams with the Thunder organization. Along with his coaching duties, Coach Bushey has made a big impact by building the sport in Decatur with Learn to Play Hockey classes and more programs to provide opportunities for local youth to play the great game of hockey.
The Point Mallard Ducks will compete in the NA3HL, one of 5 official Jr. A Tier III leagues sanctioned by USA hockey.
“The NA3 is still a relatively new league, but a league that has really developed a reputation as a premier destination for young players who want to move on and play in the higher levels. We share in the goals of the league to move our players on to the NAHL, USHL, and ultimately NCAA collegiate hockey.” Coach Bushey said.
Players with at least one year of junior hockey experience make up between 75-100% of most collegiate rosters, a path unique to the sport of hockey. The NAHL is one of the best junior hockey leagues in North America, and the NA3HL is a developmental league for young student-athletes looking to work their way up the ladder similar to AAA in baseball.
The NA3HL South Division, which featured the Dallas Jr. Stars, Sugar Land Imperials and Topeka Capitals in 2013-2014 has been expanded to six teams for the 2014-2015 campaign with the addition of Nashville, the Point Mallard Ducks and the Texas Brahmas.