With the results of the 2016 NAHL Draft now complete and posted, the NA3HL is pleased to announce that a total of 32 players who played in the NA3HL this past season were either tendered or drafted by NAHL teams. The 32 players either tendered or drafted is the most the NA3HL has ever had in one season.
The Point Mallard Ducks organization is proud to announce that Ducks forward Justin Dunn has signed an NAHL tender with the Shreveport Mudbugs. Dunn, from Trenton, Michigan led the Ducks in scoring in 2015-2016 with 38 goals, 49 assists for 87 points, in 55 total games played. He also had 67 penalty minutes and a plus-40 rating. “Justin flat out had an outstanding season, he is a complete player, plays a 200 foot game and excels in all situations. He is a scoring threat at even strength, on the power play, and killing penalties. Justin has tremendous hockey sense and poise with the puck. As an organization we can’t be more excited for him and this opportunity he has earned,” stated Ducks GM/Head Coach Tom Winkler.
In his two seasons with the Ducks, Dunn posted 56 goals, 77 assists for 133 points, in 95 total (regular season, playoffs, and Silver Cup) games. He had a plus-54 rating to go along with 115 total penalty minutes. A member of the 2016 South Division NA3HL Top Prospects Team, Dunn also was voted to the NA3HL South Division All-Star team and he was a NA3HL 3rd Team All-Star.
Dunn is the third NAHL tender for the Ducks in only their second year of existence.
The Point Mallard Ducks organization is proud to announce that Justin Clark has committed to NCAA Division 3 Stevenson University for the 2016-2017 school year. This will be the inaugural season for the Mustang program, which will compete in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), West division. “We are extremely excited for Justin as he has earned this fantastic opportunity,” Stated Ducks GM/Head Coach, Tom Winkler. “Justin came in this season determined to create a college hockey opportunity for himself. He was committed and up to that challenge every day. Justin is a strong power forward who creates a great deal of space when he is on the ice, he has a powerful shot, plays physical, and has a great knack for scoring timely goals. He is going to be a cornerstone for Stevenson as they build their program. Again, we are extremely proud of Justin,” added Winkler.
In the 2015-2016 season, Clark played in 54 games and scored 26 goals, 14 assists for 40 points. He had a plus-14 rating to go along with 68 penalty minutes. Clark was a member of the Ducks in their inaugural season, a year in which he posted 7 goals, 11 assists for 18 points, he was plus-7 and had 71 penalty minutes. Clark was a key element in the Ducks 2015-2016 South Division regular season and playoff championships. In the 2016 Silver Cup tournament, Clark scored the winning goal against the Yellowstone Quake in pool play.
The Point Mallard Ducks are proud to announce that Josh Hamilton has committed to play college hockey at Liberty University. Hamilton, from Jamestown, NC just finished his second season with the Ducks. “We are extremely happy and proud for Josh and his family. He has earned this opportunity with Liberty, and we know that he will be a great addition to their program,” stated Ducks GM/Head Coach Tom Winkler.
Hamilton had an outstanding 2015-2016 season for the South Division Regular Season and Playoff Champion Ducks, the team captain had 40 goals, 34 assists for 74 points in 53 games, which includes regular season, playoffs, and the Silver Cup Tournament. He also had a plus 46 rating to go along with 25 penalty minutes. Josh was the 2015-2016 NA3HL South Division Leadership Award winner. “Josh was our undisputed leader, he did a tremendous job setting the example and tempo for our team,” stated Winkler.
Liberty is excited to have Hamilton on board as well: “We are excited to add Josh to our family at Liberty! We love the leadership he possesses and the way he competes on the ice. We know he will fit well into the culture of our hockey program,” stated Liberty Head Coach, Kirk Handy.