The Lansing Wolves are proud to announce today they have reached a new NCDC affiliation agreement with the Islanders Hockey Club. The Islanders are well-known as a fixture throughout the hockey community, they are a perennial power, and they have an outstanding track record of advancing their players on to NCAA Hockey. The Islanders play their home games in the heart of the NCAA Division 1 Hockey East Association at Lawler Arena, which is home of Hockey East Member Merrimack College.
This agreement will provide current Wolves and elite players from Michigan and surrounding areas to not only find a pathway to the NCDC and tuition-free hockey, but also NCAA hockey. The goal of this affiliation is to educate players about the outstanding opportunities the USPHL can provide and this working agreement is something we will continue to build into the future.
“We are very excited to work with and for Tim Kyrkostas [Islanders NCDC Head Coach and General Manager) and Mike Busconi (NHL Central Scouting), along with the rest of the Islanders staff,” said Wolves General Manager and Head Coach Dennis Canfield. “When we first began discussing working together it was clear a working agreement that works both ways is a must. Since then, we have had a number of productive talks where we have been able to identify and provide scouting reports for the NCDC team of players we have seen that are ready to play at the next level, or are very close, who we want to sign and develop. Tim also has stressed that when our current and prospective players are ready, they will certainly get an opportunity with the NCDC club.”
Additionally, the Wolves staff and select players will participate with IHC in various summer showcases and at their NCDC Main Camp.
Michigan Made Brand
Without question, the state of Michigan is a hotbed for youth hockey from AAA to High School. The Wolves scouting staff watched over 50 games last season from AAA to High School, evaluating players. Many of them are not readily known along the east coast, so this is something seen as a huge benefit to both clubs.
“It’s difficult for the Islanders to come to every event, so being able to scout and get eyes on players during showcase events and regular season events provides crucial insights for everyone. Additionally, when we have called Tim and Mike about a player, they have made it a priority to speak with the kids and their families, which not all programs do,” said Canfield.
Want to learn more? Tryouts coming soon. Please visit lansingwolves.com to find out more or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.