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FCA Athlete of the Month - April

By USAJHM Staff 05/04/2021, 3:15pm EDT

Dawson McCann Wins Monthly Award

Name: Dawson McCann

Team: Northstar Knights 16U

Hometown: Minot, ND

Position: LW

Birthdate: October 14, 2004

Height/Weight: 6’4” 201lbs

Pick one of the following attires (teamwork, excellence, serving, and integrity), why is this attribute important to you?

An attribute that stands out to me is serving others. I believe that God has blessed each of us with talents and I feel it is important to share our talents with others. I enjoy helping others and being able to see how a little act of kindness can make a lasting impact on someone else’s day. I also have learned a lot from others while helping them. I want to continue to serve others to spread God’s love. 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

I attended an FCA Hockey camp in Alexandria, MN last summer prior to beginning my journey with Northstar Christian Academy. It was so comforting to be able to be a part of a group that makes it a priority to praise God while playing hockey. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to grow in my faith both on and off the ice with the support of FCA and Northstar staff and teammates.

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

Philippians 4:13

This verse is important to me because without Jesus in my life, I would be nothing. I lean on God to grant me strength and to guide me throughout the ups and downs of life. I know that with God by my side, I am able to be the best version of me and can achieve all that I put my heart and soul into.

What else should we know about you?

Other than playing hockey, I enjoy farming and ranching. Helping out on the farm brings me peace and joy. I’m able to take in and appreciate all of God’s blessings around me. 

FCA Athlete of the Month - March

By USAJHM Staff 03/25/2021, 2:15pm EDT

Tyler Johnson Recognized With Monthly Honor

Athletes Name: Tyler Johnson

Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Northstar Christian Academy U18 AAA

Athletes Hometown: Superior, Colorado 

Athletes Position: Defense 

Athletes Birth date: April 1, 2003

Athletes Height, Weight: 6’0 170

 

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

I believe that teamwork is the most important attribute because when everyone works together as one almost anything can be accomplished. Weather it be on the ice, at home, or in our faith.

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

I have not been involved with FCA hockey before this year. But it has impacted me so much through how much love is involved with it. I have felt more love, companionship, and team camaraderie then I have ever felt before. And I feel blessed by that. 

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?  

1 John 3:20 “If our hearts condemn us, we know God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” 

This verse is one of my favorites because it tells us how great god is especially in times we need him the most. “He is greater than our hearts” it just amazes me how awesome he is. 

FCA Athlete of the Month - February 2021

By USAJHM Staff 03/02/2021, 2:15pm EST

Name:  Jensen Martinson

Team: Alexandria Cardinals (PeeWee)

Hometown: Alexandria, MN

Position: Right Wing

Birth Date: May 9, 2009

Height & Weight: 140 & 5’7”

Teamwork is important to me because it is so fun being a part of a team. It’s awesome knowing that I am a part of what happens on the ice, but I also feel so excited for my teammates when they score a goal or do something great on the ice! It is a terrific feeling when we can celebrate and encourage each other.  

I have attended week-long FCA Hockey Skills Camps over the past two summers. I also got to be a part of an on-going FCA skills program this past summer. When I am at an FCA camp, I love seeing how God impacts everyone’s lives. The leaders share testimonies that speak to my heart. They have taught me about being humble and treating others how I would want to be treated myself. Plus, the ice time and dry land time help me develop as an athlete. I really like the rapid shot station. It’s so fun meeting new friends from all over. FCA Hockey Camps are great!

My favorite scripture verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Through that verse, I know that Jesus is my true strength, and He will help me through anything and everything in life. It gives me courage to work hard at hockey.

I am game for almost anything, from farming with my uncle and cousin, to snowboarding with friends, or taking trips with my family. I love to have a good time. I tell a lot of jokes and like to make people laugh! 

FCA Athlete of the Month - January

By USAJHM Staff 01/31/2021, 8:00pm EST

Name: Jakob Stender

Team: Aberdeen Wings, NAHL

Hometown: Alexandria, MN

Position: Defense 

Birth Date: 08/07/02

Height & Weight: 6’0, 185lbs

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

Attribute: Integrity, because being at Northstar the last two years I learned how much integrity means, it is good to have integrity when it comes to friends and family! 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

I have been involved with FCA Hockey the last 2 years, I have been to team fca the last two years and that is my favorite FCA event I have been to, FCA has impacted me big time, learning about god every day at camp and meeting very nice and god driven hockey players and coaches! 

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you? 

My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This verse is my favorite because this verse tells me that god will always be with me and strengthens me no matter the good or bad times! 

What else should we know about you? 

What’s else to know about me! My parents names are Kim and Chad and my sister is Brooke, we have a dog named Crosby! 

FCA Athlete of the Month - December

By USAJHM Staff 12/31/2020, 5:00pm EST

Tyler Rider of the Chippewa Steel Wins Monthly Honors

Athletes Name: Tyler Ryder
 
Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Chippewa Steel (NAHL)
 
Athletes Hometown: Byron Center, Michigan
 
Athletes Position: Defensemen
 
Athletes Birth date: 12/7/2001
 
Athletes Height, Weight: 6’3 190 lbs.
 
Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

Serving is one of the most important attributes to me because it shows others what being a Christ Follower is about and is a great way for others to see Christ through you.
 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

I have attended Northstar Christian Academy for two years and multiple FCA events which have completely changed my life. I will forever be impacted by those two years that truly set me down
the right path.
 
What is your favorite scripture verse?

Romans 12:1 Why is this important to you? This verse is important to me because it tells us how we are supposed to truly worship God with everything we do because what he has done for us.
 
What else should we know about you?


I love spending time with my family and friends.

FCA Athlete of the Month - November

By USAJHM Staff 11/30/2020, 6:30pm EST

Nate Albers of the Notre Dame Hounds Wins Monthly Honors

FCA Hockey Athlete of the Month - November

Athletes Name:  Nate Albers 

Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 

Athletes Hometown: Mckinney, Texas 

Athletes Position: Right wing 

Athletes Birth date: May 26, 2001 

Athletes Height, Weight: 6’4 195 

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

Excellence is such an important attribute to me because the Bible calls us to do everything for the Lord and I believe the best way to do that is to act in excellence. 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

FCA has changed my life forever. I played for the Northstar Knights for 2 years as well as attending numerous camps and interning over their past summer. The family that is FCA is unlike any other. An amazing group of believers all working towards the same goal, to impact the lives of young athletes for the Lord. 

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you? 

Hebrews 12:11 

This verse is important to me to because discipline is a crucial part of success in every aspect of life. 

What else should we know about you? 

I am beyond blessed to be apart of FCA and will continue to be until I no longer can. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the amazing people that make up the organization. 

FCA Athlete of the Month - October

By USAJHM Staff 10/20/2020, 4:15pm EDT

FCA Athlete of the Month

By USAJHM Staff 09/09/2020, 5:45pm EDT

Trevor Smith Wins Award for September

Name: Trevor Smith

Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Green Bay Gamblers - USHL

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

Position: Center

Birth date: 03/02/2001

Height, Weight: 5’ 9” 185lbs

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? A trait that sticks out for me personally is serving. Are you willing to give some of your time and energy to benefit someone else? I believe being able to serve other people says a lot about someone’s character. I personally love to see others succeed and will step aside for someone in need of something. Serving someone could be as easy as doing the dishes for my mom or holding my friends accountable. A little bit can go a long way.

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

This would be my first summer of being apart of the FCA community, and I can’t begin to explain how much they have done for me. I knew I had faith in Jesus Christ, but I didn’t feel like I had a relationship with him. I felt lost in my faith. FCA helped me realize the most important aspects in life, as well as be able to grow my relationship with the Lord. Not only did FCA help me grow my hockey skills but helped me grow my faith as well as a person. I’d like to personally thank Bobby Robbins, Rick Randazzo, Aaron Randazzo, and Zak Albers for all the helpful conversations and for having my back through my walk with growing closer to the Lord.

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you? 

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:2

Knowing that no matter where you are, who you’re with, or what situation you may encounter, God is putting you there for a reason and will not let you go through it alone. It’s only making you stronger as a person, as well as growing closer to him.

What else should we know about you? 

If hockey doesn’t end up working out, I aspire to be a Green Beret. I plan on going into the ROTC program for theUniversity of Vermont where I will be playing hockey. I also love animals!! I volunteer to look after family and friends pets when I’m home during the year. I love to play the electric guitar as well.

USPHL Announces Reschedule Dates For 2020 NCDC Combines

By Joshua Boyd 05/11/2020, 6:00pm EDT

The United States Premier Hockey League, and its Tier-II, Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), has announced its reschedule dates for the 2020 Combine Series.

The Chicago Combine will take place June 13-14, and the Detroit Combine will take place June 25-26. The Chicago Combine will be held at a newly announced location: the Midwest Training and Ice Center at 10600 White Oak Ave. in Dyer, Indiana, located 45 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The Detroit Combine will remain at Fraser Hockeyland (34400 Utica Rd.) in Fraser, Mich., located 40 minutes from Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport. There are still limited openings for each Combine, but register today as these spots will fill up fast. Goaltender spots for both Combines are filled, but goalies can request to be on a wait list.

Register for the 2020 Combine Series at USPHL.com/Combines

The NCDC Combine Series will feature on-ice game play, as well as opportunities for players to meet coaches from NCDC and USPHL Premier teams and inquire about openings for the 2020-21 season.

The USPHL is committed to holding its events with the health and safety of all players as its top priority, while following all Local, State and Federal guidelines in place. The format of each Combine is also to be determined, based upon these health considerations amid the fluid health situation due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.

About The USPHL

The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020-21 will be the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada. The USPHL will field approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20. Overall, across all of its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL. Learn more at USPHL.com and BestPlayHere.com

The United States Premier Hockey League will approach its eighth season of operations with the same mission as when it opened play in 2013: Provide the best hockey development model within a framework that maximizes exposure to college hockey coaches. The USPHL will continue its player development success long after the present-day coronavirus/COVD-19 pandemic passes, as the league’s finances are not by and large tied to ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. Most of the USPHL’s ownership groups not only own their teams, but also own the rinks in which these teams operate, creating the perfect hybrid of top-flight facilities and high-intensity hockey.

The USPHL’s “Players First” approach has proven among the greatest hockey success stories of the last decade, as the league has sent more than 2,500 players to college hockey and over 250 on to pro hockey, including the NHL. This will continue as the USPHL nears the 10-year mark, and as the Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference opens its fourth year of operations.

“The Rink Ownership model of the USPHL organizations eliminates the need for a fan-based economic model and the uncertainty that comes along with the potential revenue deficiencies of a decreasing fan base,” said Commissioner and Islanders Hockey Club owner Richard Gallant.

“The USPHL business model includes large scale team programs, a host of other on-ice rink programing revenues and other ancillary offerings like concessions, which allows the USPHL programs to invest with surety in the league’s player development model,” Gallant added.

“When the rinks reopen this summer under new social distancing guidelines, the USPHL owners can guarantee their teams will be back in business.”

“Owning the rink means that you can determine your own destiny, and not be beholden to any facility,” added fellow Executive Committee member Bobby Reiss, owner of the Jersey Hitmen and the Ice Vault, of Wayne, N.J. Team-and-rink ownership groups across the league - from its Youth divisions to the Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) - are able to focus solely on development of the player as they improve their game amongst college-worthy amenities, without having to worry about ice times, rink contracts and other business-related distractions.

“From a financial standpoint, the USPHL is in great shape to weather any storm, because our model is not based on ticket sales or advertising,” said Peter Masters, of the USPHL’s Executive Committee, and also co-owner of the Boston Junior Bruins. “We are funded by each organization.”

Cradle To College

A great number of those organizations - including all 12 organizations fielding teams for 2020-21 in the NCDC - operate several teams at different levels ranging from Youth to Junior. It creates a true “Cradle To College” model for players to follow, often under one roof. “The USPHL has created a model where families can start in a particular rink from Learn to Skate to Youth Hockey to Midget and Junior and not have to move anywhere. We are the only junior league in North American that is able to offer something like that, at that scale,” Masters said. “It has created within our league a great sense of continuity. Our parents feel extremely comfortable after being involved for years with one organization from one level to the next.”

With Reiss’ ownership of both the youth-to-junior Hitmen program and the program’s home facility, he has all the tools at his disposal to make it a perfect one-stop shop for a lifetime of hockey development. “The NCDC Hitmen team is the crown jewel of our organization and the building, but we also have a Tier-2 program. Everyone who starts out with our Tier-2 New Jersey Bandits get to see the Hitmen in the building and they can aspire to become part of the Hitmen,” said Reiss. “When those Hitmen players are in the building, there is a certain swagger. The younger kids want to be around them.” When a player makes the Hitmen, they can also look forward to the red-carpet treatment, which is easier to provide when the rink and team owner are one and the same. “We schedule our own facility, so that if we are going to have a big NCDC game, we can staff the bar and restaurant accordingly. The players skate out to center ice with a light show, and you have your National Anthem. You coordinate everything,” Reiss added. “When we built our newest rink, Rink 3, we built it with the Hitmen in mind. Their locker room is excellent, and we also built new office space. If we did not own the Hitmen and the Ice Vault, our investment in the building of that rink would not have been close to what it was.”

In Sewell, N.J., Tom Mackey’s co-ownership of the Hollydell Ice Arena and Philadelphia Hockey Club was also instrumental in creating a top-of-the-line facility with an NCDC hockey team in mind. Hollydell Ice Arena has nearly 5,000 square feet of new locker room space, with more than 1,800 of that dedicated solely to the NCDC team. “I bought the rink in August of 2017 and proceeded to gut most of the facility. I didn’t know if we were going to field an NCDC team, but I had a good idea of where I wanted us to be,” said Mackey, in a recent article on USPHL.com.

The One-Stop Hockey Shop

“Our whole model has been based on creating a one-stop shop to develop hockey players, with all of the on-and off-ice amenities where they could develop from Youth to Midget to NCDC,” Mackey added. Whether it is the NCDC in the Northeastern U.S., or the USPHL Premier which has a 24-state footprint including several college-heavy Midwestern areas, the USPHL is in prime position for success with its proximity to NCAA colleges to attract college hockey coaches and scouts for recruiting. Being in largely hockey-heavy areas, USPHL teams can recruit some of the best talent within their backyard.

Rink ownership plays a key role in this recruiting process, as players often must balance the desire to remain home with family against the desire for the best developmental environment.

“There is a lot of anxiety in sending your child out of area and out of the house for the first time in general,” said Masters. “There’s also a lot of anxiety and concern with placing your son’s season and career in the hands of people whom you’ve never met before and with whom you have no relationship. A lot of the families involved with the Junior Bruins at the junior level have been involved at the youth level as well, so that level of anxiety is minimized.”

The USPHL owners pride themselves on operating an organization and facility that embraces a family-like atmosphere. “When a new family comes in that is joining our team, they don’t just meet our NCDC coaches [Toby Harris and Jim Hunt], but they meet the ownership as well,” said Reiss. “We show them the rink, and how we really make all of our own stuff, from the logos to the apparel. No other rink in America does it quite like that. Sam Walton, the owner of Wal-Mart, once said ‘Exceed your customers’ expectations and you’ll be very successful.’ In hockey, if you exceed your customers’ expectations, they want to be part of your organization. They will enjoy being here.”

“The league is positioned financially to be extremely stable, especially going into our fourth year of Tuition-Free hockey, and our entire group is getting better at the process of recruiting and delivering the services that Elite players are looking for,” added Masters. “I’m extremely excited about the direction of the league.”

About The USPHL

The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020-21 will be the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada. 

The USPHL will field approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20.

Overall, across all of its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL.

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FCA Athlete of the Month - April

By USAJHM Staff 05/04/2021, 3:15pm EDT

Dawson McCann Wins Monthly Award

Name: Dawson McCann

Team: Northstar Knights 16U

Hometown: Minot, ND

Position: LW

Birthdate: October 14, 2004

Height/Weight: 6’4” 201lbs

Pick one of the following attires (teamwork, excellence, serving, and integrity), why is this attribute important to you?

An attribute that stands out to me is serving others. I believe that God has blessed each of us with talents and I feel it is important to share our talents with others. I enjoy helping others and being able to see how a little act of kindness can make a lasting impact on someone else’s day. I also have learned a lot from others while helping them. I want to continue to serve others to spread God’s love. 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

I attended an FCA Hockey camp in Alexandria, MN last summer prior to beginning my journey with Northstar Christian Academy. It was so comforting to be able to be a part of a group that makes it a priority to praise God while playing hockey. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to grow in my faith both on and off the ice with the support of FCA and Northstar staff and teammates.

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

Philippians 4:13

This verse is important to me because without Jesus in my life, I would be nothing. I lean on God to grant me strength and to guide me throughout the ups and downs of life. I know that with God by my side, I am able to be the best version of me and can achieve all that I put my heart and soul into.

What else should we know about you?

Other than playing hockey, I enjoy farming and ranching. Helping out on the farm brings me peace and joy. I’m able to take in and appreciate all of God’s blessings around me.