Multiple #TPHTrained Athletes Named to 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Rosters

Yesterday the North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the rosters that will represent each team at the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Ten #TPHTrained alumni made these rosters and will compete in this event next month at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Below is our alumni by roster:


Jed Pietila /// Michigan Hockey Advancement


Cannon Green /// 8 Week Program, Detroit CoE


Matt Hutton /// Nashville Jr Predators

Ryan Dickinson /// 8 Week Program, Detroit CoE, OHL Cup

Richie Parent /// Tri-State Spartans, Indy CoE

Nick Trela /// 8 Week Program

Selects Blue

Carson Riddle /// Detroit CoE, OHL Cup, World Selects Invite

Selects Blue

Tiernan Shoudy /// 8 Week Program

Selects Red

Samuel Brennan /// 8 Week Program, World Selects Invite

Grant Hindman /// 8 Week Program

About NAHL Top Prospects

The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly-scouted events in junior hockey.  Last season, over 220 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. It continues to be an important part of the NAHL event model, which includes the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship in May.
The number of players each NAHL team is sending to the tournament, in which teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, East, Midwest and South and two NAHL Selects teams, was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 21, 2020. Each team is comprised of 18 players (10 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goalies).
One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. To date, 175 players have already made an NCAA commitment during the 2019-20 season. The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament plays a big role in that success, with over half of the players who played in last year’s Top Prospects Tournament, earning an NCAA opportunity following their participation in the event. The event continues to provide the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best, uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as, some potential NHL Draft picks.

2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (all times eastern)

Monday, February 17th 
12:00pm: South vs. NAHL Selects Red
2:30pm: Midwest vs. East
5:00pm: Central vs. NAHL Selects Blue
Tuesday, February 18th 
10:00am: NAHL Selects Red vs. Midwest
12:30pm: East vs. NAHL Selects Blue
3:00pm: South vs. Central

TPH and Sequoia Choice Strike Academic Partnership

Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce a partnership with Sequoia Choice, an Arizona public charter school that will help deliver the TPH-Edmentum NCAA-accredited, customized, blended academic learning experience to student-athletes at its eighth Center of Excellence, which will open its doors at the Ice Den Scottsdale for the 2020 school year.


“We feel extremely fortunate to be entering into an academic partnership with Sequoia Choice,” TPH CEO Nathan Bowen said.  “Sequoia will implement the same rigorous, robust Edmentum curriculum and CoE learning experience provided across all of our Centers of Excellence, to our student-athletes at our TPH-Phoenix Center of Excellence.  The leadership within Sequoia schools are passionate about student success.  Their motto of ‘every child is individually known’ makes them a perfect partner for us and Edmentum, and a perfect fit for our future student-athletes, who seek a flexible yet customized learning experience.  We are very excited about working with Sequoia to positively impact the lives of student-athletes at our Phoenix CoE.”


Sequoia Choice is a tuition-free Arizona public charter school and Legal Educational Agency of Edkey, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Sequoia was one of the original schools authorized by the Arizona Department of Education to provide distance learning services to Arizona students in grades K-12, and have continued to innovate and advocate for Arizona online schools since 1998.


Sequoia Choice will work alongside TPH and Edmentum to provide the CoE learning experience, one that is built on individualizing and customizing the learning experience based on where, when and how each individual learns best.  The Academic Site Coach and Sequoia leadership will push TPH-Phoenix Center of Excellence attendees to produce positive academic outcomes, which Bowen says, is one of the primary goals with the Center of Excellence model.


“We always say that hockey training is the intrigue that drives interested families to the front door.  Hockey is what gets them interested in the model.  But we believe it is our responsibility to give student-athletes every opportunity to not only achieve their hockey goals, but their academic goals as well.  The CoE model allows our student-athletes to dream big and chase hockey, academics and career all at once.  This announcement puts us in a great position to ‘exceed expectations,’ which is the mission of Total Package Hockey.”


Interested in learning more about the TPH-Phoenix Center of Excellence?  Click here.

TPH Expands to the Heartland

Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce expansion into the Heartland of America, as it will launch its ninth Center of Excellence inside the recently opened Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.  The Centene Community Ice Center is an $83M facility that is home to many organizations including the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.


“We are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to not only bring our Center of Excellence academy model to St. Louis, but to have the opportunity to be part of a facility that will do so much good for the growth of both hockey and entertainment in the St. Louis area,” TPH Chief Executive Officer Nathan Bowen said.  “The Centene Community Ice Center is far from just a hockey venue.  The opportunities and amenities the facility will offer families in the St. Louis area is exciting to say the least. TPH is very pleased to be able to add the CoE to the list of services provided by the facility.  Today’s announcement completes a project we in TPH have been working on for over a year.  I want to thank Patrick Quinn, Chairman of the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation for his hard work, persistence and friendship.  We would not be making this announcement today if it wasn’t for Patrick.”


Patrick Quinn, a native St. Louisan with deep roots the game locally as a player, parent, coach and club founder echoed Bowen’s sentiments.


“We are delighted to welcome TPH to the Centene Community Ice Center,” he said.  “From the onset, I have been nothing but impressed by Nathan Bowen, the TPH brand and the Center of Excellence model.  The CoE offers a unique hockey training experience, combined with an academic and life-learning experience that will benefit players across the Heartland and provide them a chance to live at home as they pursue their hockey ambitions.  St. Louis just improved its ability to develop hockey players, students and future leaders with this announcement today.”


For Quinn, it is important that the St. Louis market understand what the Center of Excellence model is, and also, what it is not.


“The most important aspect of the CoE model is that it isn’t restricted to student-athletes who live in certain zip codes or play on certain teams,” Quinn said.  “The Center of Excellence is open to 6th through 12th grade girls and boys who have the character, work habits and desire to maximize their potential on and off the ice.  The CoE operates during traditional school hours so that the student-athletes can make it to their club team’s events in the evening.  Players from CarShield, the ‘AAA’ Blues, Kirkwood, Chesterfield, St. Peters, Rockets or any other local club are welcome at the CoE.  The CoE is for the right hockey players from metro-St. Louis and across the Heartland, as the Centene Community Ice Center was built to grow the game here in the Heartland.  My hope is that boys and girls from outside St. Louis, be they from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas or Nebraska, will also see the CoE as a place to achieve their goals and still be close to home.”

The 277,000 square foot Centene facility opened its doors in September and features four NHL-sized ice surfaces, including a covered outdoor rink that will also be used to present concerts, community events and children’s programming.  TPH will join the St. Louis ‘AAA’ Blues, St. Louis Lady Cyclones, Lindenwood University, the St. Louis Blues Alumni and the NHL Blues as the primary tenants in the facility.  Additionally, the facility is home to the 3,000 square foot artificial ice surface Bauer Team Training Center along with the over 9,000 square foot Mercy Sports Performance Center Powered By EXOS.  The Center of Excellence academic space will actually border the NHL’s Blues training facility and provide endless possibilities for TPH to achieve its goal of individualizing and customizing the learning experience for all student-athletes.


“The CoE classroom we are designing at Centene will provide student-athletes with a physical environment that matches the type of culture we look to foster in the classroom,” Bowen said.  “Our space will allow our Director of Academics to create four different learning environments so that each individual student-athlete is studying in a physical space that he or she learns best in.  Whether it be traditional seating, a private learning space, high top tables or comfortable lounge-style seating, our student-athletes will experience the customization that we in TPH pride ourselves on.”


The classroom “culture” Bowen referred to centers around TPH’s unique academic learning platform provided by Edmentum.  The TPH-Edmentum platform is designed to meet the demands of the aspiring elite male and female hockey player who desires structure, discipline and accountability, but requires the flexibility to pursue his or her hockey and career goals without the fear of missing school.  The “blended learning environment” shaped by TPH includes academics on demand, with 24/7, fully accessible NCAA courseware and full-time instructors who are dedicated to the student-athletes across all nine Centers of Excellence.  Courses are available live as well as on-demand, with accessible instructors who hold virtual office hours.  CoE attendees also have access to a virtual tutoring service, in the event academic assistance is needed after-hours or right on the spot during the CoE school day.


While Bowen enjoys telling the “story” of academics at the Center of Excellence, he is the first to admit that data points that support the message are what families care about most.


“Over the three years TPH and Edmentum have been partnered, we are proud to say that 67% of our student-athletes are maintaining a 3.7-4.0 GPA.  In addition, 90% of our student-athletes are maintaining an A or B average, and last year, on average, students across our CoE’s placed above the national average on both the SAT and ACT.  We are proud of these numbers, especially when you consider that online courseware is often more rigorous and robust than that of traditional school.”


Just as the academics at the Center of Excellence are individualized, customized and proven, so too is the hockey training.  TPH’s Hockey Development model is built on 7 pillars, starting with character traits, athletic qualities and hockey qualities and then expanding to foundational skills, blended skills, and habits, concepts and details central to success on the ice.  CoE attendees train off the ice 4-5 days per week and participate in on-ice training sessions 4 days per week, where emphasis is placed on the skills, habits, concepts and details that often get neglected at the club level, where, as Bowen says, the emphasis is more on team play versus the “individual parts that make up the whole.”


“Our Hockey-Athlete training model is designed to provide instruction and reps on the fundamentals that make a hockey player successful,” Bowen said.  “Once the individual learns the A-B-C’s behind the foundational skills we teach, they are put in drill situations that maximize the use of hockey sense, while utilizing obstacles and people that force awareness, just like in the game.  Our training blueprint isolates the parts that make up the whole, and most importantly, is built on skills, habits, concepts and details that are relevant and transferrable once the puck drops.”


While Bowen and TPH get excited any time it launches its Study, Train, Play model, the CEO admits there is a bit more enthusiasm with this announcement, pointing to three factors: timing, quality and reputation of the market.


“St. Louis has been an established hockey market for decades and the success of the NHL Blues has certainly added to that,” Bowen added.  “Most people within hockey circles are well-aware of the number of current and future NHL players who have honed their skills in St. Louis, including an unprecedented 5 first-round NHL Draft picks in 2016.  Simply put, we are grateful to be a part of the ever-growing St. Louis boys and girls hockey landscape and are very fortunate to be able to execute the TPH vision of positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through the game of hockey in a facility that will push us to turn our vision into a reality on a daily basis.”


Hockey families from across both St. Louis and the Heartland are invited to attend our first open house, presented virtually via Zoom, on Monday, February 3 at 7:00 PM CST.  A link to RSVP is included below.


  • Click here to RSVP for our upcoming virtual open house on Monday, February 3 at 7:00 PM CST.
  • Click here to download our Center of Excellence brochure.
  • Click here to request more information on TPH-St. Louis and the Study, Train, Play


About St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation

The St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation was founded to provide the St. Louis region – with an emphasis on youth – with the opportunity to develop their skills in ice sports in setting that foster personal growth and excellence.  The Centene Community Ice Center is our “flagship” facility ensures that our region will attract major ice sport events and tournaments, contributing to economic development and job creation, with the resulting effect of strengthening ice sports across our region.  In these and related endeavors, we champion the value inherent in ice sports: commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, personal integrity, and respect for others and self.  Visit us at and

For more information on the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation, contact Patrick Quinn at, or (314) 619-9929.


Michael Mancinelli Commits to Arizona State University

Congratulations to Michael Mancinelli for committing to Arizona State University. Michael is an alum of the TPH Center of Excellence program in Detroit. Again, congratulations and best of luck for the remainder of your USHL season and your transition to the college game.


Jacob Brown Signs Two-Day Contract with Kings

Jacob Brown is not your average 12 year old living in Huntsville, Alabama attending the TPH Center of Excellence. Brown was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 9. This fight however has not changed Brown’s passion and desire for the game of hockey. An avid Huntsville Havoc fan, Brown was named captain of the Southern Professional team back when he was diagnosed.

Now 12-year-old, Brown went from being on the Make A Wish Foundation’s waiting list, to on a flight out to Los Angels with his family to sign a two-day contract with the Kings.

Brown took the ice with the team joining them in practice, taking warm ups with the team and of course wining the opening faceoff against Arizona Coyotes captain, Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

We are excited for this incredible opportunity  and we will always have Jacob’s back in his fight on and off the ice.

Recruiting: Max Sasson commits to Maine

By @MichaelCaples –

Max Sasson wanted this story to start with a message to young hockey players in the same spot he once was.

Keep working, even if you aren’t playing for the team you want.

“Before I start, I want to say for all the kids who are worried that they didn’t make a 14U team,” Sasson told MiHockey, “I did not make one top team before this year started.”

Sasson didn’t let his team situation get in the way of his hockey dreams. The 2000 birth-year player kept working, and this year, he seized the opportunity to play for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies midget minor team.

“OJG is the only place I could have played u16,” Sasson said.

Now, he’s telling MiHockey about why he picked the University of Maine for his college hockey career. Sasson has thrived with OJG, leading his team with 38 points in 31 games (as listed on the Tier 1 Elite League website). The Total Package Hockey Center of Excellence student said he found the ‘perfect fit’ at Maine.

“I picked Maine because when I went on a visit, I felt right at home,” Sasson said. “It was just a perfect fit and I knew right away.”

He’s still a few years away from suiting up for the Black Bears, but he said he’s excited to have the chance to one day play college hockey.

“I am beyond excited to play college hockey,” Sasson said. “I knew once I went to the game at the Harold Alford arena in Maine that it was a easy decision to go to college. The atmosphere, playing in front your friends, and studying what you choose that’s why I am playing college hockey.”

“We’re very proud of Max – a great example of how hard work pays off,” said TPH Detroit director of hockey Brandon Naurato. “He has fought through adversity to better himself and better his chances of becoming a college student-athlete. Now, he’s one step closer to earning his degree while playing D1 college hockey.”

TPH Detroit CoE student-athlete Carson Riddle commits to WMU

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 CoE student-athlete Max Sasson tenders with NAHL’s Brookings

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 Detroit CoE’s Jake Transit and Cannon Green tendered to Mudbugs

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 Detroit CoE student-athlete Tino Passarelli commits to Miami

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!