FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2017
The Point Mallard Ducks, powered by Total Package Hockey, is pleased to announce that eight TPH-trained players will be participating in the 2017 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game tonight in Buffalo, NY.
“On behalf of TPH, we congratulate these players on being selected to compete in an event that is truly one of a kind,” TPH Director of Hockey Brandon Naurato said. “This is a testament to both the talent of these young men, as well as their willingness to go above and beyond to hone their craft over the years in various TPH programs.”
Five of the eight TPH-trained All-American Prospects Game participants, which includes defensemen Cole Krygier (Novi, MI), Christian Krygier (Novi, MI), Bode Wilde (Birmingham, MI) and Jacob Semik (Canton, MI), along with goaltender Drew DeRidder (Fenton, MI), attended the TPH Center of Excellence in Detroit, MI, honing their skills in a unique environment that combines both academics and on-ice training. Four of these five players join forwards Paul Cotter (Canton, MI) and John Gruden (Rochester Hills, MI) along with defenseman Alec Regula (West Bloomfield, MI) who participated in TPH’s 8 Week On-Ice Summer Training Program. Regula also dawned the TPH colors for both the Michigan Hockey Advancement and OHL Cup programs. In all, four TPH programs are being represented at the event, which features forty-two of the best US-born players, all eligible for the 2018 NHL draft.
Interestingly, no other players in Thursday’s event hail from the state of Michigan, highlighting TPH Detroit as the destination for the future stars of tomorrow, something Naurato and his staff take great pride in.
“The goal of Total Package Hockey as whole is to positively impact the lives of all of our athletes through the game of hockey. We are proud of the platforms we offer our players and feel incredibly fortunate to play a role in their development, both on and off the ice. It has been a thrill to coach and mentor these eight players. We all look forward to cheering them on tonight in Buffalo,” Naurato added.
For more information on the 2017 CCM/USA Hockey-All American Prospects game, visit www.allamericanprospectsgame.com.