Two Nations Prep Conference – All 8 League Teams Prep For Showcase This Weekend At Wellesley’s Boston Sports Institute

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The Boston Sports Institute, a two-sheet facility located in Wellesley, MA, will be the host of the upcoming Two Nations Prep Hockey League Showcase.

The event will be held Saturday, January 27th – Monday, January 29th. All eight league teams will participate. Six will play four games, and two will play three games.

Debuting in 2022, the Two Nations Prep Conference consists of four US prep schools and four Canadian prep programs. All games will feature a US team facing off against a Canadian club, the only time during the league schedule the US division and Canadian division will cross over.

Four games are scheduled for Saturday, January 27th. All teams will play twice on Sunday, January 28th, and three games are slated for Monday, January 29th. To view the showcase schedule, click here

The teams are looking forward to showing their talents at the Boston Sports Institute:

One team well-known to New England prep competition is Stanstead College Prep out of Quebec, which opens up Showcase play against Nichols School of Buffalo Saturday at 1pm.

“I have heard good things about the facility,” said Stanstead coach Matt Thompson. “Our girls program has been there a number of times and I look forward to us having a competitive week of hockey. As we build our schedule every year we do our best to put our players in the best position to be seen by as many coaches and scouts as possible.”

Key players to look for for Stanstead include forwards Charles-Eric Tremblay and Raphale Tellier, and defenseman Max Lapointe.

Nichols School, recently in the area for a post-Christmas tournament at Belmont Hill, has a solid nucleus, led by senior defensemen Jack Sullivan (the team’s leading scorer) and Brayden Scibor, senior forward Tanner Wisnieski, sophomore forwards Jake Caffreya nd McLean Agrette, sophomore blueliner Quinlan Clair, and senior netminder Louis-Carl Tremblay.

“We are looking forward to playing in a new venue that Nichols hockey has never played at,” said Nichols coach RJ Gicewicz. “The location being in Boston not only helps to provide exposure for our players to colleges and junior hockey teams on the east coast, but also allows our student-athletes and their families an opportunity to tour the Boston area and the various colleges around.”

Albany Academy, which plays a number of NEPSAC clubs over the course of the season, will take on Bishop’s College in both teams’ opening game of the Showcase.

“It is a great opportunity for our guys to come and showcase their talents in the Boston area for our Two Nations Showcase,” said Albany coach Matt Alvey. “Our league has very talented ahtletes and with a vast number of colleges and junior programs around we thought it would be a great fit. Playing the prep Canadian teams adds to the excitement of the Showcase. It is the only time we get to see the Canadian side of our leage until playoffs.”

Senior forwards Michael Malatino and Lorenzo Marra, and sophomore Tommy Bleyl have had solid starts to the season for the Cadets.

Bishop’s College School, located in Sherbrooke, QUE, are led in scoring by Gabriel Le Houillier and Leo Adams. Defensemen Nathan Birch and Alex Valade bear watching with their solid two-way play. Defenseman Patrick Lambe and forward Tristan Poor should have good tournaments.

“Having a showcase in the Boston area is a great location, as it is in a centralized location where scouts and schools are able to come watch the players and we can maximize exposure,” Bishop’s College coach Brodie Dupont said. “We take every experience in as they come and this will be no different. It is a great facility.”

Later on Saturday, Lawrenceville School (Princeton, NJ) opens up its weekend slate facing Ridley College Prep, based in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.

“I haven’t had the chance to see BSI yet, but from everything I’m hearing its a great facility,” said Lawrenceville coach Keith Dupee. “Needless to say, the team is excited to get on the road and compete against the Canadian schools in our league. Playing in the Boston area gives our players another opportunity to showcase their talent in front of schools and organizations that are looking for players to play at the next level. The more opportunities for the players to be seen, the better.”

Colgate University commit Porter Byrd-Leitner, an 06 forward, will be someone to watch, as will forwards Aidan Yi and Luke Benitez, defensemen DJ Parouse and Colin Foyle, and goalie Kye Ozgun.

The Ridley Tigers are excited to be headed to BSI for this Showcase.

“To be a founding member of this prestigious league with these storied programs is extremely rewarding and part of our schedule we look forward to,” said Ridley coach Mike McCourt. “This year’s event will be front and center at the incredible Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley and afford our student athletes the chance to showcase our league and the many talented players that compose the TNPHL.

“This year’s edition of the Tigers is one that boasts a deep line-up, top to bottom that gets contributions from its entire roster.”

The fourth US school is The Hill School from Pottstown, PA. The Blues, a NEPSAC affiliate, are coached by Sean O’Brien. His team is looking forward to participating in the Showcase.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to bring our league to Boston,” said O’Brien. “It gives our athletes terrific exposure to schools and junior teams in the arena. We are definitely looking forward to it. It should be lots of fun.”

The Hill School offense is led by its top line of Chris Stackhouse, Liam Sheward and Lucas Zimovcak. Jack O’Brien anchors the defense while junior Troy Wright will be a goaltender to keep an eye on.

The tournament field is rounded out by Upper Canada College, based in Toronto. UCC, coached by Dan Noble, has faced a handful of New England prep schools so far this season, including Brunswick, Belmont Hill and Northfield Mt. Hermon.

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