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Ducks make their first appearance in the Chowder Cup Tournament

The Ducks fielded a team in both the Junior “A” Elite division and the College Open bracket. “The Chowder Cup is an extremely competitive tournament, and I was thrilled with how both of our teams competed. Every game there was major improvement and each kid’s confidence grew. It was great to see how we went from just being happy to be here, to expecting to win,” stated Ducks GM/Head Coach, Tom Winkler. Both team rebounded from opening day losses to achieve decisive victories in their respective pools.

“This was not an easy trip for the players, it was a long bus ride from Decatur to Boston, but again, these kids made no excuses and just played. It was a great experience for all of us!”, stated Winkler. On their off night (Friday), the Ducks went to Rhode Island to see the AAA Pawtucket Sox (Boston Red Sox affiliate) play the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox affiliate). Overall the trip was a huge success, according to Winkler it was a fantastic experience all the way around.

**The picture is from all of us at Pawtucket Sox baseball game**

NA3HL releases 2016-17 regular season schedule

The NA3HL is entering its seventh season and serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. Through the NAHL's vast resources for development and exposure, the creation of the NA3HL provides another worthy path for players to grow, on and off the ice, while being showcased in front of the entire junior, college and professional scouting community.

 

A pair of Ducks to play at Auburn University

Brown, a Vestavia, Alabama native played 2 seasons with the Ducks and in 52 games played, scored 6 goals and added 7 assists for 13 total points. “Chandler played a major role in our success this past season, he understands what it takes to win and he brings a great effort to the ice every night,” stated Ducks GM/Head Coach Tom Winkler. Brown was also the 2015-2016 NA3HL All-Academic Award Winner.

Darnell, a native of Pelham, Alabama also played 2 seasons with the Ducks where he appeared in 90 games and scored 9 goals and added 30 assists for 39 total points. “Matt played in all situations for us, he was extremely versatile and didn’t mind playing a physical game. Brown and Darnell will certainly take the Auburn Hockey program to new heights,” said Winkler.

Josh Martin signs with Lindenwood University

Martin posted a 10-1 record and appeared in 16 games for the NA3HL South Division Champions.  The Union, Missouri native had a 2.76 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. “This is a great opportunity for Josh to step in and play major minutes. He is a fierce competitor and he will be a great asset for Coach Gary Gardner,” stated Ducks GM/Head Coach, Tom Winkler.

Dunn moves up to NAHL Shreveport Mudbugs

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.

Clark commits to Stevenson University

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.

Hamilton commits to Liberty University

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.