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Knights Unveil First NA3HL Schedule

NA3HL Knights’ Hockey Begins September 22nd

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has released the official  2019-2020 schedule for all 36 teams. For the first time in the organization’s history, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights will roster a tier III junior hockey team to compete in the NA3HL. This comes after two seasons in the Eastern Hockey League, including the 2018-19 season where the Knights finished with a championship appearance in the Frozen Finals.

As new members of the league, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will join the Northeast Division, comprised of four other teams, including the Danbury Colonials, Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles, Long Beach Sharks, and Skyland Kings. Overall, the NA3HL has 36 teams in six divisions across 17 states.

All teams will play a 47 game schedule during the regular season, which runs from September to March 8th, 2020. The Knights will get a late jump, as the team doesn’t begin play until September 22nd while several clubs will begin two weeks earlier. The Knights will begin their NA3HL tenure at home inside Revolution Ice Centre, where they will host the Danbury Colonials on Sunday, September 22nd at 2:30pm. All games will be broadcast live on the NA3HL’s official online broadcast partner, HockeyTV.

While the NAHL Knights will hit the road for the bulk of their second half, the tier III club will host a plethora of games during the 2020 portion of the season. Led by new Head Coach Mike Narrigan, the Knights will host a season-long nine game homestand that runs from January 17-February 14.

During the course of the campaign, the Knights will participate in several marquee events held by the league, including a newly created East Showcase, taking place October 6-8 at New England Sports Village in Attleboro, MA. The NA3HL will host a Showcase event in Blaine, MN come December; the same facility for which the NAHL operates its’ Showcase out of, as well as the Robertson Cup Finals, and will once again return to Massachusetts for the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.

The season will conclude with playoffs and ultimately the Fraser Cup Championship, being held March 25-29 in Chicago, IL.

About the NA3HL
Entering its 10th season in 2019-20, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of two USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues, serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the NAHL, is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes whose youth options are limited but are still reaching their potential and have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League (USHL) and eventually the NCAA or American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

Michael Narrigan Named NA3HL Head Coach

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are proud to announce the hiring of Michael Narrigan as the Head Coach of the NA3HL Knights for the 2019-2020 season. In addition to his NA3HL duties, Narrigan will serve as an Assistant Coach for the Knights in the North American Hockey League.

Narrigan comes to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with five years of junior hockey coaching experience. Most recently, the Penn State graduate served as an Assistant Coach for the Eastern Hockey League’s Philadelphia Little Flyers the past two seasons. There, he helped coach the Little Flyers to their best record in franchise history, going 40-3-1 to finish as the top team in the EHL during the regular season.

“The number one thing I learned with Philadelphia was how to build a winning culture,” said Narrigan. “You learn not to accept losing and  that you need a total buy in from every one of your players when it comes to culture. That’s what I want to bring to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.”

“We as a staff at the Knights felt Michael was the best fit for our organization,” said NAHL Head Coach and General Manager Tom Kowal. “Not only will he coach the NA3HL team, but also serve as an assistant to our NAHL team. It was important to find a candidate with the core values and belief in culture that the Knights have, and we found that Micheal’s vision aligned with that of our own. We’re excited to have him on board for the upcoming season.”

“When I met Tom (Kowal), he talked about family and the family atmosphere with the Knights and that’s what really sold me,” said Narrigan. “I owe everything to Mark Catron (Head Coach, Little Flyers) and George Lewis, who hired me in Philadelphia. They taught me so much and told me to go for this opportunity when it became available. It’s rare to find the kind of family-first mentality the Knights have in junior hockey and It’s a great fit for me. I can’t wait to get started.”

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Knights Bringing Tier 3 Team to NA3HL

Knights Maintain Two Junior Teams Under One Roof

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights’ organization are proud to announce the Knights will have a Tier III hockey team playing in the NA3HL next season.

The franchise was approved by the USA Hockey Junior Council Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. The announcement comes as part of a six team expansion to the NA3HL, bringing the North American 3 Hockey League to 36 teams for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Per NA3HL.com: “We have established a great track record of success to move players onto the next levels of hockey and adding an NA3HL team as a part of that Ladder of Development was important for our organization,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “Everyone develops at a different pace, so having an NA3HL team as a part of the NAHL team is important because we will be monitoring their progress, tracking their development, and utilizing players throughout the season.”

The Knights previously spent two seasons as a Tier III team in the Eastern Hockey League. The transition to the NA3HL begins immediately, with the entry draft set to begin Thursday, April 18th.

Matt Schaumburger Signs Tender with the Knights

On Thursday, the Knights agreed to a tender with Michigan forward Matt Schaumburger. The 18-year old currently plays for the Metro Jets in the NA3HL. In just 20 regular season games, he scored 19Sc goals and 30 points.

“I would describe myself as a power forward,” said Schaumburger, “I’m somebody who tries to do the right things out there. I take the puck hard to the net and try to get back on the back check hard. I think my hockey sense is the best part of my game. I think the game well and make smart plays.”

“Matt’s a skilled forward that has a high ceiling,” added Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “His numbers back that up, but his all around play stands out as a great fit for our team.”

Schaumburger and his teammates have been rolling on the ice of late, as the Metro Jets will play tonight in the semi-finals of the Fraser Cup Playoffs. A win would place them in the Fraser Cup Championship tomorrow at 1:30 pm EDT. In four playoff games, Schaumburger has notched one goal and two assists, with the tally being a game-winner on St. Patrick’s Day.

“It’s the coaching,” said Schaumburger on what’s helped him grow in the NA3HL. “I have great coaching here. They’ve taught me the game well, what to do in different situations. I learned and became a smarter hockey player from them.”

“The NA3HL has a lot of talent,” said Kowal. “They’re a part of the NA family, and when we can help advance a player up that ladder through our organization, it only makes us all stronger. We’re excited to have Matt join the Knights family and have the opportunity to make our team better.”

Schaumburger is excited to get to work.

“I know the Knights are a good organization that moves guys on,” he said. “I’m just excited to be a part of it and give it my best.”

The Knights welcome Matt to their organization and are looking forward to his arrival and assisting him in furthering his hockey career!