Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quartet of Jets picked for NA3HL prospects event

WATERFORD, MI – Four Metro Jets’ players have been selected to play in the North American 3 Hockey League’s Top Prospects Tournament scheduled for May 3-8 in Frisco, Tex.

Goaltender Dillon Kelley, defenseman Will Shier and forwards Doug Andrews and Mike MacKinnon will play for Team East at the event and will skate against teams made up of players from the other three divisions.

Kelley, who played for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints last weekend, went 18-8-1 this past season with a 3.62 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage. The 17-year-old Petoskey native also posted three shutouts.

Already signed to a playing tender by the NAHL’s Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings for next season, Shier was an alternate captain for the Jets in 2011-12 and had a goal and 20 points to his credit. A 19-year-old from Sterling Heights, Shier also saw time this past year in the NAHL with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons.

Andrews, a 19-year-old Macomb native, was perhaps Metro’s most consistent player last season and scored 17 goals and 50 points while being one of just two players (Steve Klisz) to play in all 48 games.

MacKinnon finished tied for the team lead in scoring (Klisz) with 67 points on 24 goals and 43 assists. At the NA3HL showcase event in his hometown of Troy in February, the 19-year-old recorded a six-point game against the Michigan Mountain Cats. MacKinnon was later named the NA3HL player of the month for February.

Next up for the Jets is a pre-NA3HL draft prospect camp slated for June 1-3 at Lakeland Arena. See for details. The NA3HL draft is scheduled for June 5.

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