Battle for the Blue OX Top 187

Posted on December 21, 2023

Neutral Zone scouted the 2023 Bantam Battle for the Blue OX in Moorhead, MN. Moorhead beat Stillwater in overtime to repeat as Champions. The play was excellent and players ages ranged from 2008 to 2010. A few players will play Minnesota or North Dakota varsity hockey this year. Grades are for this event and players…

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Eastern Exposure Cup 2009s: 58 Newbies and Notables

Posted on November 7, 2023

The rinks across MA were hopping in late October as a nice selection of the top 2009s in North America were all here to take part in Eastern Exposure Cup, put on by Exposure Hockey and Matt Miles. This event also featured 2008s and 2010s-2014s, but this report covers only the 2009s. To that end,…

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Music City Fall Showcase 14U, 15’s, and 16U; 106 Players Evaluated

Posted on October 12, 2023

Neutral Zone was in attendance in Nashville, Tennessee for three age groups to take part in the Music City Fall Showcase where we got to see 106 total players across the three age groups. Below, find all three of these age group reports in order below. Music City Fall Showcase 14U; 32 Players Evaluated Neutral…

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NAR Hockey Town 14U: 72 Prospects Evaluated

Posted on October 10, 2023

Neutral Zone was in attendance for the NAR HockeyTown 14U tournament Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1st. There were 16 teams from all over the country and games were played at three different rinks so unfortunately, we weren’t able to cover every team. The championship game featured Florida Alliance North vs St. Louis and…

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USHL Fall Classic 14U: Top 115

Posted on October 9, 2023

Neutral Zone dispatched 8 scouts to Pittsburgh to watch all age groups at the USHL Fall Classic. In this report, we covered all 16 teams competing in the 14U Division, won by Mount St. Charles over Mid-Fairfield in the Final by a score of 4-2. Here, you will find the combined notes of 5 of…

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CCM 68: Every Player Evaluated

Posted on August 30, 2023

Neutral Zone had three scouts in Chicago for the annual CCM 68 tourney/showcase. This year for the first time, four Canadian teams were invited making it an eight-team event. These are some of the best 2009s in North America and each team played three games. We wrote an evaluation and grade for all the players…

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2023 Mini Chowder Cup Top 160

Posted on August 6, 2023

Our scouting staff made the annual trek down to Foxboro, MA for one of the top bantam events on the New England scouting calendar; we dispatched two scouts to Foxboro Sports Center and Canton Ice House to check out the Mini Chowder Cup from July 14-16. This event featured many of the top 2009s from…

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Blue Line Elite Prep Cup Notable 2008s + Top 70 2009s

Posted on June 30, 2023

As has become tradition in the New England area, we dispatched two scouts to cover Blue Line Elite Prep Cup – one of the premier events in the NH/MA area for prep coaches to scout new talent. This year we narrowed our focus to the 2008 and 2009 Divisions. We have to give credit where…

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CCM Minnesota HP Camp 15s 64 Evaluations With Grades

Posted on June 29, 2023

Neutral Zone was in attendance for the CCM Minnesota High-Performance Camp for the 15’s. This is these players’ first national camp showing, and the players below stood out to us at this camp. See below the top 64 players evaluated with grades based on their showings at the camp. MN HP 15 Gold Cole Anderson…

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2009s Liberty Bell New Jersey Top 30

Posted on June 20, 2023

Neutral Zone scouted the Liberty Bell Games June 9-11 in Wayne, NJ. It was the 15th year of the Games which is an invite-only event. The Liberty Bell staff did a terrific job of identifying local players to fill the rosters. The showcase was very well run and the players selected were of high quality….

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