The Metro Jets opened the 2019-20 USPHL season with returning 2000-born forwards Anthony Cinato and Tyler German looking to be go-to players up front.
Rookie defenseman Josh German (Tyler’s younger brother) also came in as a highly-touted 2002 birth year that could make plays and play strong in his own end.
Fast-forward to late November and all three have advanced to Tier-2 programs as the Jets continue to be a top program in not only the Midwest, but in all of junior hockey, when it comes to player promotion.
Tyler German is fitting in with the NAHL’s Jamestown Rebels, while Josh German and Cinato plied their trade with the NCDC’s Twin City Thunder.
“Playing for the Jets helped with this in every way possible,” said Tyler German. “From the guys around you to the coaching staff preparing us day in and day out, the organization prepares us to be the best we can be.”
“Obviously, we are excited for this opportunity for Josh and Anthony,” said Jets Coach/GM Justin Quenneville. “This is [Cinato’s] second call-up and we will never turn down these chances for our guys. Twin City is a top-notch program with excellent coaches and staff. We are fortunate to have personal relationships with programs at the next level and in college.
“We won’t deviate from doing everything we can to continue to develop and advance players.”
This season, Josh German has produced two goals and 18 points in 19 games. Cinato, a member of the Jets’ 2018 national championship team, leads the team in scoring with 15 goals and 42 points in 21 games. Last season, Cinato was called up to the NCDC with the Boston Junior Bruins and recorded one goal in two games.
Before jetting to Jamestown, Tyler German registered five goals and 13 points in 11 games after going for 12 goals and 22 points over 41 games as a rookie in 2018-19.
“Tyler had a big second half last season and garnered a lot of attention,” Quenneville said. “He made the choice this summer to invest in himself and he put in the work in the offseason skating and training with us at the M.A.T. He turned down some Tier-2 options to come back here and that was a wise choice because he continued to develop.”
The Jets have now had 26 Tier II call ups in the last five years.