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Daily Dish: NA3HL's Wilmar WarHawks a Proven Pathway to NAHL Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019  
By: Stephen Heisler,

There is a large contingency of people in the game that spend a tremendous amount of time trashing the North American Hockey League’s tier III level NA3HL. The naysayers yap about it being a dead end where prospects go to soil what remains of their character.

Hog wash.

Once again, we’ve been able to utilize the NA3HL as a springboard to the Tier II NAHL. A number of players started the season in the failed USA Central Hockey League only to excel in Willmar, a team that has often been criticized by that fellow from the dark side.

Over the last few weeks, Marquis Ginger (’99, F, Grovetown GA) has played seven games with the Brookings Blizzard after playing a dozen (10PT, 4G, 6A) with the NA3HL’s Willmar Warhawks.

Yesterday the team announced that Alaskan product Cam Knowlton (’99, F, Soldotna AK) has secured a position with the Corpus Christi IceRays and will be heading back to Alaska to skate against Fairbanks and his hometown Kenai River Brown Bears. Like Ginger, Knowlton played in 15 games with the WarHawks (15PT, 2G, 13A) before making the jump to the NAHL.

And there are other players in Willmar that have been getting attention.

Hunter Hall (’98, F, Daytona Beach FL) played 13 games in Willmar (17PT, 11G, 6A) before making the jump to Brookings.

One of the brightest performances has come from Canadian netminder Nelson Schiiler (’99 Strathmore ALB, 6GM, 2-4-0-0 .924SV%). Schiiler has certainly made his mark on the 3HL while also earning the opportunity to prove his worthiness to the Janesville Jets.

Campbell Jackson (’98, D, Hermosa Beach CA) has put up a dozen points (5G, 7A) in just sixteen games for the Warhawks. Jackson has generated interest from a number of NCAA Division III, and ACHA Division I clubs, in the last month. It has been his stellar play that has helped power the Warhawks’ resurgence.

In fact, the crew from Texas has propelled the WarHawks to six of their nine total wins since making the move up from Texas.

We feel that these young men helped further prove what most already knew about that character from the dark side. Dude does not know his backside from a hole in the ground when it comes to what the NA3HL can do for their players.

Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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