Women’s Hockey

JWHL Showcase Report: Top 15

Posted on November 7, 2016

  Neutral Zone spent the November 4-6th weekend traveling to Colgate University for the U19 JWHL league games. We also attended the Fire on Ice Tournament in Rochester, NY but will focus this report on the JWHL.  The four JWHL teams present were: Boston Shamrocks, Washington Pride, Ridley College, and NAHA White. It was clear…

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Atlantic Challenge Cup Report

Posted on October 12, 2016

  What better way to spend Canadian Thanksgiving and World Girls Hockey Weekend than in a rink? Neutral Zone scouts were in attendance for the 21st Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick. The tournament had both a U16 and U18 division and featured teams from Newfoundland, Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward…

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Exeter Showcase Report

Posted on September 21, 2016

  Neutral Zone spent time at the Exeter, NH Showcase this past weekend.   A wide range of ability with the teams involved. The East Coast Wizards showed up on the final day, but we could not find a roster to complete a write-up.   They were, as always, very strong with many talented kids who play…

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Stoney Creek Bantam Showcase Report

Posted on September 10, 2016

Neutral Zone spent the day at the Stoney Creek Bantam Showcase, focusing specifically on Gateway Arena. The weekend from an organizational stand point was run very smoothly. No scheduling issues and an overall very scout-friendly event. As for the talent, both individual and team performances ran the spectrum. Below are the players whose on-ice effectiveness…

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Samantha Smigliani Commits to Colgate for 2019

Posted on September 2, 2016

California Wave standout and current 10th grader, Samantha Smigliani, recently committed to Colgate University (2019). Neutral Zone has had an opportunity to watch Samantha throughout the year, including at the Stoney Creek Midget Tournament. Samantha caught our eye, and certainly others, as she earned an invitation to the U18 Player Development Camp in St. Cloud, MN….

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Peyton Cullaton Commits to Northeastern for 2019

Posted on June 26, 2016

  Peyton Cullaton’s love for hockey began early while growing up in Colorado and watching her dad play professionally.  No longer a 9-year old new to the game, Peyton recently committed to Northeastern University and is preparing for her high school season at Lakeville North. Neutral Zone caught up with Peyton recently to learn more…

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Rush Showcase Review & Scouting Report

Posted on June 16, 2016

  Neutral Zone’s women’s scouting staff made it to the Rush Showcase in Brampton, Ontario over the weekend of June 5 – 8, marking the start of the summer scouting season. The Rush Showcase is the first major event in women’s amateur hockey to occur after the May “dead period” where NCAA Division 1 schools…

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Kayla Martinez Commits to Lindenwood

Posted on June 14, 2016

    Neutral Zone had a chance to chat with recent 2018 Lindenwood University commit, Kayla Martinez. At 4-years old, Martinez began her skating career and recognition of her burgeoning talent soon followed. Coaches identified her early on as a stand-out and remarked to her parents that with continued hard work “Kayla is going somewhere…

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Ponytail Tournament Report

Posted on June 14, 2016

  Neutral Zone recently spent two full days at the Ponytail Tournament in Toronto (Vaughan), focusing on evaluating the top 2001, 2002 and 2003 birth year players at the event. While the tournament was deep with talent across the board, we took a few minutes to provide notes on a few of the players who…

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