(September 24, 2013) October is nearly upon us and for some junior players the decision on where to play has been made while others are still trying to sort out the best place to spend the next six months pursuing a future in hockey. If you are a player who hasn’t made that decision yet or are second-guessing a decision you have made, you owe it to yourself to explore the Dallas/Ft. Worth based teams. Both teams have openings and there may not be a better place to be this season.
The NAHL is headquartered in the Dallas area and the Dallas-based teams in the NA3HL have high visibility and exceptional League support. The DFW area is a strong strategic market for the League and having successful and thriving teams here is important to the League.
Texas is home to six NAHL teams and none are more than a 90 minute flight from the Dallas area. A couple (Brahmas and Wichita Falls) are less than an hour drive away so the chance for coaches and scouts to see Dallas and McKinney players is substantially greater. The highly competitive NAHL South Division plays a good number of its games in the Dallas area and the ability for NA coaches to easily see or borrow players from these two NA3 franchises during the year is higher than virtually any other location or League.
The management and leadership of these franchises is stable and the coaching staff in both locations is exceptional. The NA3HL Jr Stars are part of the Dallas Stars organization and has considerable support and backing from the NHL team.
Jason Deitsch, Head Coach of the Stars franchise demonstrates the progression that can occur when launched by the NA3. Deitsch began his career in the old Central States League (now the NA3HL), moved to the NAHL (Tornado), played four years in college (St. Norbert State) and eight seasons as a pro, winning championships at every level.
The newly named Head Coach of the Warriors (Aaron Corbiere) played his youth hockey in Sault Ste Marie, played three years of Juniors before moving to Finlandia College. Aaron jumped to the coaching ranks some six years ago. He is also supported by Assistant Coaches Erik Adams and former Stanley Cup winner Steve Dykstra.
Hockey in the Dallas area has never been stronger and these new entries in the NA3HL are great options for players looking to develop, grow and gain visibility with the NAHL and colleges.
For more information, contact:
Dallas Jr Stars/McKinney Warriors