This weekend, Team Maryland players Connor Redden (EHL), Mac Brice (EHL), and Issac Mbereko (U18) were called up to play for the Maryland Black Bears. The move represents a great opportunity for the young hockey players and the value of the Team Maryland-Maryland Black Bears affiliation. Not only did the Team Maryland players get to experience NAHL level hockey, but they also played against the Johnstown Tomahawks, the divisional powerhouse in the NAHL East Division. The Tomahawks are one of the most talented teams in the league and include players like Carson Briere, son of former hockey great Danny Briere. The experience gained by playing with and against the elite hockey prospects in the NAHL will prove to be invaluable down the line to these three hockey hopefuls.
Redden, a speedy Forward from Southbury, Connecticut, has been called up to play with the Black Bears before, but this weekend was the first appearances for both Brice and Mbereko. Brice and Mbereko are both Michigan natives and came to Team Maryland to further their hockey career. All three Forwards played with heart, speed, and passion throughout the weekend. The trio also did not seem phased by the elevated stage of an NAHL divisional game.
"It is great to see Mac and Reds get called up,” said Team Maryland (EHL) Head Coach Jason Rowe. “Both have been playing great for us in the EHL have shown they can step in and contribute for the Black Bears. This is what we are trying to establish here at Team Maryland, an affiliate team that can directly contribute to the success of the Black Bears.”
“It was awesome to see Zak get the opportunity as an affiliate player to get called up through our NAHL Maryland Black Bear program,” said Team Maryland (18U) Head Coach Shawn Grant. “These are the opportunities I spoke to Zak and his family about when I was recruiting him to play for our AAA U18 program. The experience that Zak gained from the weekend was invaluable.”
“The Team Maryland organization as a whole is a great resource for the Maryland Black bears,” said Maryland Black Bears Head Coach Clint Mylymok. “Not only do the Team Maryland players get to experience a higher level of hockey, but they have also proven they have the potential to play in the NAHL.”