Congratulations to TPH Detroit Center of Excellence student-athlete Carson Riddle on his commitment to Western Michigan University.

The Belle Tire U16 star is the 15th TPH Detroit CoE student to commit to an NCAA Division I school since 2014.

The Holly, Mich., native and 5-foot-9 forward has been lighting it up this season, his first one in midget minor. Through 24 games Riddle has posted 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists), which ranks second on his team. Riddle also leads his team in power play goals with three.

Riddle joins Xan Gurney as the second TPH Detroit CoE student-athlete to commit to the WMU program. Congrats to Carson on his commitment!

TPH Detroit Center of Excellence student-athlete Max Sasson has tendered with the North American Hockey League’s Brookings Blizzard.

Sasson is enjoying a successful season with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 team. In 29 games with the Jr. Grizzlies, the forward has 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points.

Brookings currently has a 18-13-2-1 record this season in NAHL play. A franchise since 2003, the Blizzard have seen many players move on to play Division I college hockey.

TPH Thunder alum and current Harvard forward Nathan Krusko was named ECAC Rookie of the Week last week.

Krusko, a freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., tallied his first career hat trick in a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac on Jan. 6. In 16 games with the Crimson this season, Krusko has five goals and two assists for seven points.

With the TPH Thunder, Krusko averaged nearly a point per game in his midget major season, tallying 34 points in 35 games in 2013-14. He played his junior hockey for the Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) and Omaha Lancers (USHL).

Two TPH Detroit Center of Excellence student-athletes — Jake Transit and Cannon Green — have tendered to the NAHL’s Shreveport Mudbugs.

The two Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U18 teammates join the Mudbugs, who are in the midst of their inaugural season in the NAHL and have a 18-11-0-1 record. Both CoE students will add skill to Shreveport’s forward group.

Transit, a 17-year-old from Royal Oak, Mich., has already featured in two games with the Mudbugs. In 24 games with the OJG U18 this season, he had 11 goals and 11 assists. Before joining OJG, Transit starred for the Honeybaked and Belle Tire programs.

Green, a 16-year-old from Hinsdale, Ill., had more than a point per game with OJG U18 with 28 points in 24 games. Last season with the Jr. Grizzlies’ U16 team, he tallied 25 points in 31 games.

TPH would like to congratulate current Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) goaltender Erik Gordon on his call-up to the U.S. National Team Development program.

Gordon, a long time TPH standout with the TPH Thunder AAA program, is expected to start in the next two NTDP games. The Duluth, Ga., native is having an incredible season with the Brahmas, posting an 11-2 record with a .909 save percentage in 17 games. He also has a 2.23 GAA, which ranks fifth in the NAHL.

The goaltender ranks as one of the best to come through the TPH Thunder AAA program. In his U16 season with the Thunder, Gordon posted a remarkable 1.97 goals against average and .925 save percentage. The season before in bantam play, Gordon had a 1.12 GAA in 36 games. Gordon has also played in the OHL Cup with the Thunder.

Congratulations, Erik, on your achievement!

Congratulations to TPH Detroit Center of Excellence student-athlete Valentino Passarelli on his commitment to Miami University.

The Honeybaked U16 standout is the 14th TPH Detroit CoE student to commit to an NCAA Division I school since 2014.

The 5-foot-9 forward has perennially been a star player for the Honeybaked program and has posted eight points in 12 games this season according to Eliteprospects. Passarelli was also drafted by the Fargo Force in the 2016 USHL Futures Draft.

Congrats to Tino on his commitment!

Congrats to TPH alum and Providence Friars forward Josh Wilkins, who was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Jan. 2.

From the Providence website:

“Providence College men’s hockey freshman Josh Wilkins (Raleigh, N.C.) was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week in an announcement made by the league on Monday (Jan. 2).

Wilkins put the Friars up 2-1 on the power play just 1:16 into the third period with the eventual game-winning goal in Providence’s 3-1 win over then No. 2 Denver on Saturday night and recorded a shot on goal in Friday’s 2-2 tie with the Pioneers.  He also tallied a season-high eight shots on goal in the win for the Friars on Saturday. This season, Wilkins sits in a third place tie among Hockey East rookies with 15 points (6-9-15) and also ranks third with 53 shots on goal. Wilkins is the first Friar to earn Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors since Brian Pinho on Oct. 14, 2014.

The Friars currently hold a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) and are 2-0-1 against Denver since the two teams met at the 2015 Northeast Regional Final at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on March 29, 2015.

Wilkins and the Friars are back in action this Saturday (Jan. 7) at Frozen Fenway against No. 8 Boston College. Face-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. between the Friars and Eagles.”