Previewing the NAPHL: Philadelphia Little Flyers
September 7, 2015
Over the course of the next two weeks, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is proud to feature a new series that will preview each of the 38 teams in the NAPHL for the 2015-16 season. Each day, leading all the way up to the first event of the season at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN, the league will feature a different organization and take a look at both their teams.
Philadelphia Little Flyers 18U
The Philadelphia Little Flyers are excited about entering their 2nd NAPHL season. Not only will the organization host the November showcase at their home rink, they will now share the facility with the NAHL’S newest team the Aston Rebels. The organization is also very excited to have the 16U team join the NAPHL umbrella. The Flyers 18U team is coached once again by John Giacobbo Jr. who during the offseason took the assistant director of player development as well as team scout for the Rebels. Giacobbo Jr. says, " It is an exciting time for the town of Aston as well as everyone involved with the Little Flyers to have the Rebels in our building. To see what the NAHL does for players dreams of moving on it was a no brainer to take the position with the Rebels while overseeing all development in the Little Flyers organization."
Last season for a learning experience for the Little Flyers and was an eye opener for a lot of players on the amount of exposure NAPHL provides for players. Starting out slow was not how Giacobbo Jr. saw it happening but he was pleased with the way the boys competed, having 8 one goal losses last year. Giacobbo Jr. expects his returning guys to be hungry and build off the strong finish to the season that they had. He will be counting on the likes of Ryan Lauk, a NAPHL All Star as well as Joe Giacobbo and Eric Lauk who represented the organization at the Top Prospects tournament.
Giacobbo Jr. believes the experience these players bring as well as the other returners such as Ryan Vogt, Nick Peck, Nick Daluisio and Mike Wilson, the Little Flyers 18U team has a strong chance of making their second season in the NAPHL a success. Giacobbo Jr. is also very excited to be a host for the November Showcase, "It is nice to be home of course, but to showcase our 4 rink facility and have the showcase coincide with some regular season games of the Rebels will be able to give the players a chance to see what the NAHL is all about. "
Philadelphia Little Flyers 16U
The 16U Philadelphia Little Flyers will be led by Head Coach Jeff Borman. Coach Borman is entering his 4th season with the Little Flyers organization. Jeff's philosophy focuses on preparation, discipline, teamwork, and commitment being the cornerstone to success. Prior to joining the Little Flyers staff, Jeff coached the Delaware Ducks from 2003 to 2011, and his teams have continuously been at the top of their league and have made numerous appearances at the USA Hockey National Tournaments. Jeff played his collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (NCAA) where he won the National Championship in 1989.
Assisting Coach Borman will be Réjean (Reggie) Boivin. Reggie was a four-year varsity letterman at Division 1 Colgate University, where he was a finalist for the 1988 Hobey Baker Award, an All-American and a two-year team captain. Coach Boivin is member of the Colgate Hall of Fame and played professional hockey in the Finnish Elite League for Pori Assat. Reggie has been coaching for 8 years with Flyers Youth, Selects Hockey, and Little Flyers.
The 16U Little Flyers team is an asset to the the Little Flyers program, and will give players an opportunity to develop in the NAPHL. Sharing a home ice facility with the NAHL's Aston Rebels will enable the Little Flyers players to see first-hand on a daily basis what it takes to play at higher levels. The 16U Little Flyers coaching staff is excited to participate in the NAPHL and Coach Boivin states that “As a fairly new team, it is tough to predict which players will emerge, but we are confident in our players and looking forward to getting the season underway.”
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