Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jets' quartet selected to NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament

The North American 3 Hockey League announced Thursday the rosters for next month’s 2013 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament that will be held from May 11-13 at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, Tex.

A quartet of Metro Jets' players will take part in the event on the Team Michigan roster, with forwards Mike Gambino and Alex Holm and defensemen Derek Britton and Myles Burrough all selected to play in the event.

The 19-year-old Gambino was Metro's first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2012 NA3HL Entry Draft and the Livonia native tallied 18 goals with 18 assists for 36 points in 39 games last season, good for fourth in team scoring.

Holm, a 17-year-old from West Bloomfield, skated in 44 games and recorded 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points.

Acquired in a late-summer trade from Toledo last August, Britton played in 28 games for the Jets and the 20-year-old from Sterling Heights put up eight points on a goal and seven assists while also producing a plus-12 plus/minus rating, good for second on the team behind team captain Matt Stirling's plus-19 mark.

A 19-year-old Metamora product, Burrough signed a tender with the Jets last offseason and had two assists in 40 games as a solid, stay-at-home blueliner for Metro.

Defenseman Josh Hosking, who played the first half of the season in Waterford before being traded to the Three Rivers Vengeance at the NA3HL trade deadline, was selected to Team Ohio.

The Top Prospects Tournament is played in conjunction with the North American Hockey League’s Robertson Cup National Championship Tournament, which features each of the four divisional playoff champions from the NAHL competing for the USA Hockey Tier II Junior National Championship, along with the North American Prospects Hockey League’s Top Prospects Tournament, which will feature 80 top players from the NAPHL’s 18U Division.

The event has quickly become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind. Last season, over 100 junior, NCAA and NHL scouts attended the combined event.

At the event, four teams representing four regions of the NA3HL – Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota and Ohio - will each play four games. Each team consists of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies) as chosen by the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament Selection Committee as nominated by the league’s 17 head coaches.

All junior eligible NA3HL players with 1993 birthdays or later are eligible to participate in the Top Prospects Tournament.

2013 NA3HL Top Prospects Schedule 

May 11: 12:00pm – Team Michigan vs. Team Ohio; 2:00pm – Team Midwest vs. Team Minnesota
May 12: 8:00am – Team Minnesota vs. Team Michigan; 10:00am – Team Ohio vs. Team Midwest; 4:00pm – Team Ohio vs. Team Minnesota; 6:00pm – Team Michigan vs. Team Midwest
May 13: 10:00am - 3rd place vs. 4th place; 2:00pm - 1st place vs. 2nd place

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