Summer prospect teams

March 18, 2019

Want to play junior level, organized hockey this summer while preparing for the 2019-2020 season? Well, the Detroit Fighting Irish of the U.S. Premier Hockey League is looking for players who are looking for opportunities.

Fighting Irish general manager Dan Vasquez has relayed to Hockey News North that his organization plans on forming two summer prospect teams as part of showcase events to be held in the Detroit area towns of Canton and Fraser.

Once assembled, the teams will participate in a showcase in Canton followed by the JDM Showdown Tournament in Fraser and the Chowder Cup in Boston.

The Fighting Irish program will also include a six-game exhibition schedule in addition to pre-event, practice sessions. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in a summer conditioning and skills program with instructor Max Starchenko, according to Vasquez.

“These events will not only provide an excellent opportunity for players to gauge their skills and development against higher level players but will also provide an opportunity for participants to showcase their abilities to collegiate and junior A level, tier 1 and tier 2 programs,” said Vasquez.

“The events will also create an opportunity for participants to be selected to participate in the Detroit Fighting Irish premier and elite programs for the 2019-2020 USPHL season,” added Vasquez.

Ahead of and besides that, the Fighting Irish is conducting four open skates at the Artic Edge Arena in Canton (just outside Detroit) in April from which evaluations and selections for the prospect teams will take place.

Players can pay at each individual session or they can prepay and pre- register online and receive a discounted fee for the the four sessions.

The weekly spring skates are slated for four Sundays in April — the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th — at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per skate.

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