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."
Directed by Craig Barnett, NAHL Director of Player Personnel, education, exposure and experience are focal points in the planning.
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 2016/17 season will be Lucas Trombetta's second as the Director of the North American Prospects Hockey League. Trombetta is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NAPHL and all NAPHL events. Additionally, he is instrumental in managing the Future Prospects Tournaments.
Trombetta played in the North American Hockey League in 1992-93 for the Compuware Ambassadors and Michigan Nationals. He later graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1997 with degrees in Psychology and Health Education. Trombetta spent 11 seasons as a coach and leader at the Tier I youth level, most recently with the NAPHL's Pikes Peak Miners. He was one of the original members of the NAPHL Development Committee, who were instrumental along with NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld in the formation and creation of the NAPHL back in 2009. Trombetta coached Pikes Peak Miners 16U team to back-to-back 2010 and 2011 NAPHL Championships and helped the Miners 18U and 16U teams to multiple Rocky Mountain District tournament appearances. Well over 100 of Trombetta's former players have moved on to play Junior A and College hockey.
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.
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.