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Posted by Evansville Junior Thunderbolts on Tuesday, March 7, 2017
TEAM OVERVIEW

The Evansville Junior Thunderbolts are a member of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). The NA3HL is managed by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), and provides a league for student-athletes, from the age of 16 to 20, who are aspiring to play at a higher level. Whether the player wants to move up to Tier I Juniors, in leagues such as the NAHL or USHL, or to the collegiate level, in the NCAA or ACHA rankings, the NA3HL provides the opportunity and exposure for players to advance.

The Evansville Junior Thunderbolts do just that. In the first year as a club, the Junior Thunderbolts produced three NA3HL Top-Prospects and one NCAA college commitment. With a professional, driven coaching staff and a top-notch facility, the Evansville Junior Thunderbolts have the tools to make everyone a better hockey player.

TEAM HISTORY

Established in 2015, the Evansville Junior Thunderbolts brought junior hockey to the tri-state area. However, the ‘Bolts get their namesake from what happened in Evansville from over 50 years ago. In September 1942, the first Evansville-built P-47D Thunderbolt rolled off a burgeoning production line. With it came an industrial force that would put an end to the lingering effects of The Great Depression across the Tri-State. P-47 Thunderbolts were considered the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston driven engine and came to be known affectionately as “The Jug”. The fighter planes were heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns as well as capacity for multiple bombs and drop tanks. It was the fastest American aircraft of it’s time and could reach speeds of 550 mph. 6,242 — almost half the total number of P-47s built during WWII — were manufactured in Evansville, Indiana at what is now the Whirlpool Appliances Factory.

PLAYER ADVANCEMENTS

The Thunderbolts take great pride in having moved over 10 players to higher levels of Junior Hockey. 15 Players have gone on to NCAA D3 and ACHA D1. 5 players made it to the Pro level in North America and Europe. The Bolts staff have played in the USHL, BCHL NCAA D3 and Pro in Poland.

The team will attend a College Showcase in December in Minnesota. They regularly review game film with the group for teaching and development purposes as well as to scout opponents. An Academic Advisor is available to the players as well as SAT/ACT Prep Classes free of charge to the players.

PRACTICE AND CONDITIONING

The Thunderbolts are on the ice 3-4 times per week and do the same amount of off ice training and conditioning.

BILLETING

Billeting is very easy with the team. 2 players share a house for only $350 per month each.

TEAM FEES

The season Fees are very competitive at only $7,000.00

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TEAM STAFF

Mike Guzzo

Head Coach/General Manager

Mike brings to the Jr. Thunderbolts a level of discipline and respect developed from several years of hockey experience.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• 2007-2008 BCHL Champions, Penticton Vees
• 2007-2008 Unsung Hero Award, Penticton Vees
• 2006-2007 Unsung Hero Award, Penticton Vees
• Drafted 2007, round 13, #117 overall by Lincoln Stars in the
USHL Entry Draft
• Drafted 2005, round 5, #77 overall by Chicago Steel in the
USHL Entry Draft
• Drafted 2003, round 13, #259 overall by Plymouth Whalers
in the OHL Priority Selection

Professional Hockey Experience, Poland   2011

Head Coach, Decatur AL  U18 A Point Mallard Jr. Ducks 2017-2018

Head Coach/Asst. GM , Kingsville Kings -GMJHL ON  2016-2017

GMHL All-Star Coach (Team World) 2016-2017

Head Coach, U16 AA Travel Chargers,  Huntsville, AL 2013-2014

Head Coach,  U18 AA Travel Chargers, Huntsville, AL 2012-2013

 

Pat Lacelle

Associate Head Coach and Assistant GM

Pat, an Ottawa Canada native, has been involved in hockey for 24 years. He has a diverse background of scouting, recruiting, coaching, Assistant GM and managing hockey teams from across Canada and in France. His experience at the Junior A, Major Junior and Professional level provides additional expertise to our organization.

 

Don Hamblett

Director of Hockey Operations and Head recruiter-

Don comes to the Bolts from the former Point Mallard Ducks program of the NA3HL, where he performed the same duties the past three seasons.  Hamblett is graduate of Norwich University where he lettered in 3-sports and worked in their hockey program. He is a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach.  He has been an active coach in the Huntsville Hockey Association and the Team Alabama program