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USNTDP shuts out Johnstown in jam-packed NAHL Showcase game

"I've never seen this arena this packed in my life," Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia said of the crowd at Friday night's game against the USNTDP 17 team.

The Johnstown Tomahawks playing the USNTDP 17 team at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn on Sept. 16.
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BLAINE, Minn. — All eyes were on Rink 4 on Friday night, Sept. 16, as the Johnstown Tomahawks welcomed the USNTDP to the NAHL Showcase for the premiere game of the event thus far. The game may not have ended in favor of the Tomahawks as the USNTDP came out on top 4-0, but it wasn't without a lack of effort.

"Today was a special day for our organization, I have never seen this arena this packed in my life," said Mike Letizia, head coach of the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Letizia wasn't exaggerating. About 30 minutes prior to puck drop, if you weren't in the arena you would have to try your luck to find a spot along the glass that was also already full.

It was standing room only as the rink was packed as the Johnstown Tomahawks played the USNTDP 17 team at the 2022 NAHL Showcase.
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"I think it's the thing that our league does the best," said Letizia, "creating these opportunities for our players. It's been like that since Wednesday since we've been here."

The Showcase is the premiere event for the NAHL, drawing in scouts from every team in college hockey. The game against the USNTDP was the pinnacle as nearly every scout in attendance stuck around for this evening game.


Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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