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Six TPH Trained Players Invited to US National Team Tryout Camp

“These six young men have taken advantage of what TPH has to offer from Nashville to Detroit,” said TPH Detroit Director of Hockey Operations Brandon Naurato. “TPH provides professional coaches and platforms for student-athletes who are willing to put in the work to achieve their dreams.”

Each of the six players invited to the NTDP camp have used TPH’s variety of elite resources to develop a complete hockey lifestyle that translates to success and growth on and off the ice.

In international competition, Krygier, MacKinnon and DeRidder were members of the U.S. team that took home gold at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway. Jenkins and Wilde have each committed to NCAA Division I schools in Michigan and Harvard, respectively, and Schultheis is a standout on the TPH Thunder AAA team that currently has more than 100 active alumni in junior, college and professional hockey.

Five of the six student-athletes who were selected have attended the TPH Center of Excellence, and three – Jenkins, MacKinnon and DeRidder – have attended multiple years.

An elite training program for student-athletes that features a unique blend of academics and athletics, the TPH Center of Excellence pushes students to become well-rounded players on the ice and in the classroom. As hockey-specific academies continue to grow, the TPH CoE has established itself as a premier destination for student-athletes through its innovative training, world-class coaching and top development programs.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment to be identified as one of the country’s top players and compete for an opportunity to wear the red, white and blue jersey that we all dream about. We are extremely proud of our students for the workload that they put in daily in the classroom and on the ice and they should be equally proud of themselves because at the end of the day, they are the ones that earned this opportunity,” Naurato said.

The TPH Center of Excellence is an elite training program for student-athletes that features a unique blend of academics and athletics. Its balance of on-ice instruction and classroom work pushes students in grades 6-12 to become well-rounded hockey players on and off the ice. The TPH CoE currently has locations in Canton, Michigan, and Gwinnett, Georgia, with a third school in Troy, Michigan, scheduled to open before the 2016-17 school year. CLICK HERE for more info on the CoE.

Total Package Hockey is one of the largest hockey service providers in the country, offering youth and adult programs from Detroit to Atlanta. TPH provides programs, which are staffed by highly qualified elite hockey coaches and professionals, to more than 4,000 players each year. With programs in 18 total U.S. cities, including teams in the NA3HL and T1EHL, TPH specializes in skill-based player development and has a track record of moving players to junior, college and professional hockey.

Visit TPH online at www.totalpackagehockey.com and follow TPH on Twitter and on Facebook

THIS WEEKEND’S THUNDERBOLTS SERIES AT NASHVILLE MOVED HERE TO EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS TO HOST JR. PREDATORS FRIDAY 12-NOON; SATURDAY NIGHT 7:30 PM ALL TICKETS FOR THUNDERBOLTS GAMES FAN-FAMILY-FRIENDLY PRICED FOR ONLY $ 5 !

EVANSVILE, IN— The Evansville ThunderBolts, in concert with the NA3HL and Nashville Jr. Predators, have announced on this date a late schedule change and venue change for their two-game weekend series. Originally scheduled for this upcoming weekend of Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th for the A-Game One Arena in Nashville, the two-game series will move to the ThunderBolts hockey home of Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena.

    THESE TWO GAMES WILL NOW BE SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY (TOMORROW), FEBRUARY 5TH AT 12:00 NOON AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH AT 7:30 PM AT SWONDER ICE ARENA.

This late change was due to some late issues which developed with the A-Game One Arena which has served as the home for the Nashville Jr. Predators.

ThunderBolts game tickets are available always at the FAN-FAMILY-FRIENDLY price of ONLY $ 5 !!! That’s the best deal anywhere and everywhere!! For more information, please visit the ThunderBolts website at www.evvbolts.com.

Both of these games, as all ThunderBolts games, are broadcast on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330 and on the world- wide internet at www.wvhi.com with the “Voice of the Bolts,” Terry Ficorelli.

*** NASHVILLE AT THE THUNDERBOLTS *** THIS WEEKEND AT SWONDER ICE ARENA *** FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 12:00 NOON
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH 7:30 PM 

THE THUNDERBOLTS CAPTURE FIRST-EVER HOME WIN BEFORE LARGE LOUD CROWD EVANSVILLE’S ELITE JR. HOCKEY TEAM CLAIMS FIRST TWO VICTORIES IN JANUARY 2016 ‘BOLTS BACK ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND FOR TWO GAMES AT NASHVILLE VS. JR. PREDS

‘BOLTS FIRST HOME WIN!:

    The past weekend at their home of Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena, the ThunderBolts broke through with their first-ever win at home, accomplishing the fabulous feat in gigantic, dynamic, late dramatic fashion before a large loud crowd. In laying claim to their second victory of this fledgling season on Friday night to the tune of a 3-2 success at the expense of Cincinnati, General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser’s character-driven aggregation surmounted a late second period 1-0 deficit with a GTG delivered by defenseman Brian Crink followed by two third period strikes. The first one stoked by team captain Jon Grimm (PPG) early in the third stanza at the 0:58 mark. However, the Friday night was meant to belong to Mathieu La- Forest as the St. Clair Shores, MI product connected on the ultimate TB/GWG late in the final frame at the 16:50 mark, a mere :08 after the Cincinnatians had equalized the contest at 2-2. The celebration which ensued was both magnificent and majestic as the long wait was finally over. The ThunderBolts and their growing legion of loyal fans were, at long last, rewarded in the most exciting, entertaining and electrifying ThunderBolts games played on home this campaign.

LIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:

    Though the ThunderBolts could not quite attain their first-ever sweep of a weekend series and their first ever back-to-back set of victories, they, nevertheless, continued to play their game with full-out effort, uncompromising will and relentless intensity. Their spellbinding, spine-tingling 3-2 triumph Friday night was definitely one for the ages and Evansville hockey history. The team improvement has been so enormous that one can no longer measure its impact and overall effect on the NA3HL and the greater Evansville community. ThunderBolts home crowds are rapidly gaining in numbers as the enthusiasm, energy and support of our true hometown team becomes more avid, rabid and rampant.

“MUSIC CITY” BOUND:

    Having concluded an extended four-game home stand with their recent weekend series split against visiting divisional rival Cincinnati, the ThunderBolts of Evansville are Nashville bound for the upcoming weekend. The ‘Bolts will be back on the road for the first time since January 9th when they clash with their formidable, fractious foes from the “Music City,” the Jr. Predators. The two-game series is set for this Friday night at 7:00 pm with the encore duel on the docket as a Saturday matinee feature, beginning at 3:00 pm. Radio broadcast times for both ‘Bolts bouts from Tennessee are set for 6:30 pm on Friday night and 2:30 pm on Saturday afternoon on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330 and on the world-wide internet at www.wvhi.com. Though the two Midwest Division adversaries have collided only twice thus far this season, the Jr. Preds have been the predominant team, prevailing by somewhat emphatic decisions of 7-1 on October 23rd in Evansville and 8-1, October 24th in Nashville.

THREE THUNDERBOLTS PLAYERS NAMED TO NA3HL MIDWEST DIVISION ALL-STAR TEAM GRIMM, BORNKAMP & THERIOT TO COMPETE IN ANNUAL TOP PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT ‘BOLTS HOST DIVISIONAL OPPONENT CINCINNATI FRI. & SAT. NIGHTS 7:30 AT SWONDER

EVANSVILLE, IN— The Evansville ThunderBolts, in concert with the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) have announced on this date that three members of the ThunderBolts have been named to the NA3HL Midwest Division All-Star Team.

ThunderBolts center BRANDON BORNKAMP, left wing JON GRIMM and defenseman TRISTON THERIOT (tair-ee-OH) will represent the expansionist Evansville elite junior hockey franchise at next month’s NA3HL’s Annual Top Prospects Tournament presented by Easton. The tournament will be held from February 15 – 17 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

GRIMM, the ThunderBolts team captain, and BORNKAMP rank 1-2 in total team scoring while THERIOT is listed fourth overall and continues as Evansville’s top scoring blue line ace. Through 32-games, Grimm has collected 36-points on 14-goals and a club-best 22-assists. His 15-power play points (4-11-15) are also foremost for the club. The local product from Newburgh has authored three 2-goal games and three 3-point masterpieces as well as a team record 5-point enormous performance. .Bornkamp has been the ‘Bolts premiere goal-cannoneer thus far this season, having made connection on 19-strikes, along with his 35-total points. His 6-PPG lead the team as do his two 3-goal “hat tricks.” A Fort Wayne, IN native much like Bornkamp, Theriot has registered 16-points on 4-goals, 12-assists with 10 of those 16-points amassed on the ThunderBolts power play. All three ‘Bolts standouts have demonstrated dynamic durability as well, playing in all 32-games at this juncture of the season.

ThunderBolts General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser expressed much praise for his three All-Stars and their respective selections to the Midwest Division Tournament Team. “This is a great honor for Jon, Brandon and Triston. It is richly earned and deserved and a true tribute to their hard work, dedication and achievements both on and off the ice for our organization. The ThunderBolts organization is proud to have Jon, Brandon and Triston represent us at this league-wide event as all three of them are truly top prospects.”

A total of 160-players from the NA3HL will be spread among the eight teams (six divisional, two 18U Select teams). Each team in the tourney will play three games. The number of players each NA3HL team is sending to the tournament is based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 19th. Each team consists of 20-man rosters (12-forwards, 6-defensemen, 2-goaltenders) as chosen by the NA3HL Competition Committee and the NAHL’s Central Scouting Department and as nominated by the League’s 34-head coaches. All junior eligible NA3HL players are eligible to participate in the Top Prospects Tournament.

THUNDERBOLTS BACK IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND HOSTING DIVISIONAL RIVAL CINCINNATI BIG ‘BOLTS PROMOTIONAL WEEKEND AT SWONDER AS CLUB SEEKS FIRST HOME VICTORY COLLEGE NIGHT/COOZIE GIVEAWAY FRI. NIGHT; FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT ON SATURDAY

LIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:

    After enjoying the luxury of having the past weekend off, the ThunderBolts are both eager and anxious to return to NA3HL league action this week. Under the auspices of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the ThunderBolts will do just that for this upcoming weekend when they play host to their fourth place Midwest Division archenemies, the Cincinnati Thunder. It is a Friday night / Saturday night home combination for the ThunderBolts nation. It’s the ThunderBolts vs. the Thunder; Friday and Saturday nights, Swonder the site; 7:30 opening face-off both nights. ThunderBolts game tickets are always FAN-FAMILY- FRIENDLY priced at ONLY $ 5 !!! That’s the best deal anywhere and everywhere! Radio broadcast time for both bouts between the ‘Bolts and Cincinnati will be 7:00 pm on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330.

SEASON SERIES SUMMARY:

    The ThunderBolts and the Thunder have clashed only two previous times thus far in the 2015-16 NA3HL campaign. Cincinnati leads the 6-games’ season series, 2(2-0-0); out-goaling Evansville, 12- 6. In the prior pair of meetings between the two intra-divisional rivals, back on September 25th and 26th, also here in Evansville, the Thunder prevailed in both clashes by results of 8-5 and 4-1, respectively. Those two contests represented only the third and fourth games of the current campaign and of the short history of the Evansville NA3HL franchise. After this weekend, the two teams will tangle in Cincinnati on the weekend of Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st at the historic Cincinnati Gardens.

PREMIUM PRIMO PROMOS:

    When the ThunderBolts tackle Cincinnati this upcoming weekend, they will be presenting some excellent, exciting promotional nights to enhance the nights of entertainment at Swonder. This Friday night has been designated “COLLEGE NIGHT” as well as “’BOLTS COOZIE GIVEAWAY NIGHT!” Saturday night, for the love of our great game of hockey, our great hockey fans and our community, the ThunderBolts will present “EVANSVILLE HOCKEY FANS APPRECIATION NIGHT!” For more information, we invite you to please visit the ThunderBolts website at www.evvbolts.com.

The Thunderbolts Launch Extended Home Stand With All-Out Spirited Effort

LIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:

After playing 12-consecutive games away from their home ice and Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena, the ThunderBolts returned home for their first appearance in front of their fond, faithful following of fans for the first time in 55-days, rekindling antipathies with one of their principal Midwest Division archenemies in the form of the first place St. Louis Jr. Blues. After inaugurating their NA3HL elite junior hockey league debuting campaign with an extended six-game home stand from September 18th through October 4th, the ‘Bolts traveling party proceeded to perform their on-ice hockey exploits to the tune of playing 19 of their next 24- games in the climate of hostile territory. Evansville had not seen action at Swonder Ice Arena since way back on November 21st when they played host to the Atlanta Capitals. This past weekend, General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser’s young club broached an extended four-game home stand which will effectively complete their nine-game January schedule. In fact, the State of Indiana’s only elite junior hockey team has embarked on an ostensibly favorable game date slate consisting of 12 of the next 17-games at their own homestead.

 

 ‘BOLTS/BLUES REVIEW:

Rekindling animosities with their nearby foes the first place St. Louis Jr. Blues the past weekend, the ‘Bolts, yet one more time, were gallant and valiant in defeat. In game one of the two-game series on Friday night, the 7-0 St. Louis triumph was not a true barometer of how this game transpired for the full 60- minutes. Evansville’s sextet played an outstanding game with nary a single puck bouncing or breaking their way. It marked the second consecutive game in the span of 10-days in which the high-voltage, high-powered Jr. Blues had extinguished Evansville by virtue of the shutout and the third time overall for the season the Gateway City squadron had accomplished the feat against the ThunderBolts. In the encore engagement on Saturday night, the ThunderBolts were game, gritty and full of gusto before ultimately falling short, 8-5. The true hometown team seized an early 1-0 lead on the first of two Brandon Rozema strikes before surmounting a 3-1 shortfall to equalize matters after 40- minutes, 3-3, on Rozema’s second strike of the night on the power play. However, it was the fateful final frame that ultimately told the tale of the tape as St. Louis erupted for five goals to complete the sweep of the weekend seriesand the 8-game season series for 2015-16. Team captain Jon Grimm did drill a pair of third stanza strikes while Mike Kelley caged a singleton. The ThunderBolts delivered 3-PPG despite digesting the disappointing defeat.

'Bolts to Host Atlanta on Valentine's Day At 6:30 PM On Home Ice at Swonder Ice Arena

EVANSVILLE, IN— The Evansville ThunderBolts, in concert with the NA3HL elite junior hockey league and the Atlanta Capitals have announced the addition of one extra game on the ThunderBolts home schedule for the current 2015-16 season.

 

The ThunderBolts home game to be added on their schedule has been set for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH when Evansville plays host to their NA3HL South Division rivals, the Atlanta Capitals. Game time is set for 6:30 PM AT SWONDER ICE ARENA.

 

The original playing date for this game was Friday, October 16th as the first game of a scheduled two-game series in Atlanta. However, this game was postponed due to mechanical difficulties incurred by the ThunderBolts team bus. This game date has been reset with the venue being moved here to Evansville. With the new, re-scheduled date set for Valentine’s Day, the ThunderBolts organization is planning a major promotional extravaganza.

 

Since the Atlanta club was already slated to be in Evansville for a two-game series against the ThunderBolts on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th, this Evansville/Atlanta weekend series has now become a three-games in three nights’ series at the ‘Bolts’ hockey home of Swonder Ice Arena.

 

ThunderBolts game tickets are always FAN-FAMILY-FRIENDLY priced at ONLY $ 5 !!! That’s the best deal anywhere and everywhere!!!

 

 

After 12-Consecutive Games on the Road The Thunderbolts are FInally Back Home

LIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:

After a physically and mentally demanding stretch in their 2015-16 NA3HL regular season schedule, consisting of 12-consecutive games on the road, the travel-weary ThunderBolts, at long last, are finally coming back home to the amiable climes on environs of Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena. Under the astute and argute auspices of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the ThunderBolts, while they were gone, did stake claim to their first-ever victory of their inaugural campaign before bowing the past week in 3- consecutive contests abroad against two of the premiere title timber contenders; namely St. Louis and Atlanta. For the first time since way back on November 21st, the ThunderBolts will be on their home ice at “Hockey Swonder,” coming up this weekend. Now that Evansville has recorded their first-ever victory overall, garnering it through the perils of foreign ice warfare, the ‘Bolts will quest with zest for their first-ever home triumph, beginning this upcoming weekend against archenemy St. Louis.

 

HOME WHITES A WHILE:

Absent from home ice action for the last 55-days, the travel-tested ThunderBolts are returning to their home ice with a significantly-favorable schedule for the next while. When they guest one of their principal archrivals, the Midwest-Division leading St. Louis Jr. Blues both Friday and Saturday nights this weekend at Swonder Ice Arena, GM/Coach Fankhouser’s aggregation nation will be embarking on a span of playing 12 of its next 17-games here at home. In fact, the ThunderBolts are set to launch an extended 4-game home stand at Swonder as they will remain at home for the balance of the month of January.

 

 ‘BOLTS/BLUES BLOG:

Evansville and St. Louis will engage in on-ice combat this Friday and Saturday nights at Swonder Ice Arena with opening face-off both nights set for 7:30 pm. ThunderBolts game tickets are always FAN- FAMILY-FRIENDLY priced at only $ 5 !! That’s the best deal anywhere and everywhere!! Concerning the weekend series itself, the ‘Bolts and the Blues have collided on 6-occasions with the high-powered, high-voltage Jr.

Blues personifying perfection in the season series at 6(6-0-0). The first place club did complete the sweep of the 4- game series in the Gateway City the past Wednesday evening with a rather dominant decision over the road warriors representing Evansville. St. Louis’ latest win skein has reach 5-in a row following a clean sweep of a two-game weekend series at divisional foe Cincinnati. The Jr. Blues have been the utter masters of their imperial first place domain, composing a brilliant mark of 17(16-1-0) through its last 17-outings.