The Future Prospects Combines (FPC) are staffed by different areas of the highly experienced and professional NAHL staff to ensure participants get the most out of their "NAHL Experience Weekend."
Tony Zasowski was named the Director of Player Personnel and NAPHL Director on April 27, 2017. In his role, Zasowski oversees all aspects of NAHL Future Prospects Combines, NAHL Future Prospects Tournaments, NAHL Central Scouting and Education Initiatives for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. In addition, Zasowski is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NAPHL, along with direction of all the NAPHL events during the 2017-18 season.
Prior to his position with the NAHL, Zasowski has served as head coach and general manager for the NAHL's Springfield Jr. Blues from 2012-16. During that five-year span, Zasowski had over 40 players make NCAA commitments under his watch. Prior to that, Zasowski was the head coach for both the 18U and 16U San Jose Jr. Sharks teams in the NAPHL. Zasowski was one of the founding members of the NAPHL back in 2009.
Prior to coaching with the Jr. Sharks, Zasowski was Assistant Coach/Goalie Coach for the Pensacola Ice Pilots in the ECHL. Zasowski also had stints in the USHL as Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager with the Chicago Steel, in the NAHL as Assistant Coach with the Springfield Spirit. In addition to his regular coaching duties, Tony has worked numerous USA Hockey Select Festivals as a goalie coach and evaluator.
As a player, Zasowski grew up in Illinois playing goaltender for Team Illinois and Chicago Young Americans. His junior career included winning an Anderson Cup and National Championship with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and playing in Omaha where he won a Clark Cup where he set a league record with 35 wins in a season and won Goalie of the Year. From there, he earned a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame where he was named Freshman of the Year for the Irish. He finished up his playing career with the Dayton Bombers in the ECHL.
Zasowski resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife DJ and daughter Esmee.
Joshua Shields is in his first season as the Coordinator of Hockey Operations with the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Shields also serves as the Coordinator of Hockey Operations for the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL).
Shields, oversees daily hockey operations for the NAHL and NA3HL, and directly communicates with NAHL member clubs regarding rules, regulations, trades, and player procurement.
Shields has multi level coaching and playing experience in hockey at the Youth, Junior, and College levels. Prior to joining the NAHL he was an Assistant Coach at Ferris State University (NCAA), and an Assistant Coach for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Shields graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Leadership and Management, Concentration Sports Management in December 2014.
He is Originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, and currently resides in Frisco, Texas.
A native of Oakville, Ontario, Barnett played college hockey at Plattsburgh (NY) State University in which he was a member of the 1987 NCAA Championship team. He was also named to their all-decade team (1985-1994) and was the university's Student-Athlete of the year in 1989.
Barnett then played professionally in the New York Ranger organization for two years before entering the coaching ranks. Barnett started the hockey program at the University of Findlay (OH) in 1995 and took that program from club status to the NCAA I level as a charter member of the CHA (College Hockey America).
In 2002, Barnett became the Hockey Director and Assistant Athletic Director at Lake Forest Academy, a prestigious boarding school on the north shore of Chicago. Barnett then became the Director of Athletics at Becker College in Worcester, MA where he was instrumental in starting their NCAA III hockey, football and lacrosse programs. Two years later, Barnett landed the Director of Athletics position at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA where he was responsible for 24 NCAA II varsity sports as well as their 2 NCAA I hockey programs.
In 2011, Barnett was named the Commissioner of the American Lacrosse Conference, a league who had won seven of the past nine NCAA I Championships before being absorbed by the Big Ten conference in 2014. This past year, Barnett became the Commissioner of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, a NCAA I/II league whose conference member Loyola University has won the past 2 NCAA Championships. Craig resides in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife Andrea and three children, Olivia, Braeden and Jace.
The NAHL Central Scouting team is utilized to evaluate the prospects during games. This team is comprised of former professional, college and/or High School coaches or scouts that are not connected with any current junior teams to ensure non-biased evaluations. These scouting reports will be maintained in the NAHL RinkNet scouting system for NAHL coaches to track.
Each team will have NAHL, NA3HL or NA3EHL coaches working with the players in the locker room and on the bench during the games. This is a very valuable time for both the players and the coaches as new relationships are being developed and invaluable experiences created.
Over the past 2 years, we have had coaches from the majority of our teams participate and expect that number to increase this spring.