Written by Bonnie Black - Monday, 11 January 2016 09:57
The National Junior Prospects have been in existence for six consecutive hockey seasons. The Pittsburgh Predators U16 Midget Minor Team and U18 Midget Major Team has participated all six seasons. Through strong ownership led by Ralph Murovich at Ice Castle Arena located in the south hills of Pittsburgh, PA, strong qualified and dedicated coaches this year Craig Bioni (U16) and Gary Klapkowski (U18), the Predators are on top of their respective divisions in the National Junior Prospects 2015 -2016 Season.
As a result of the first two main ingredients, the Predators have created a nucleus of dedicated parents starting at the Mite age through Bantams in the local Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League. As their players move into Midget age (15 -18), they look for more exposure and education of their options for playing junior hockey in preparation for the collegiate level in the National Junior Prospects Program. Here is the basic secret to a successful travel hockey program: Strong Ownership/Ice Arena who understands hockey + Strong Dedicated and Player Development Head/Assistant Coaches who understand what dedication, hard work, and persistence can do for players who aspire to play college hockey + Parents/players who believe, support, and cooperate with ownership and coaches in their daily tasks and vision = A Successful Travel Hockey Program. The Predators have done just this and the results are proven in their past and present success in National Junior Prospects. They have won multiple Frank Black Championship Cups over the past six years.
As the National Junior Prospects playoff showcase draws closer at the end of January, we look forward to a great set of Quarterfinal match ups, Semifinal match ups, and Championships.
The Pittsburgh Predators Hockey Club is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3, youth sports organization operating an amateur ice hockey program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2000, the program has doubled in size to about 350 players fielding 20 teams for the 2013-2014 season including Tier I Midget Major and Minor AAA through Tier II ADM Mites!
The Predators play out the city's finest ice rink, The Ice Castle, featuring 2 NHL sized rinks with a full snack bar and excellent seating, rinkside or balcony.