Where are they now?!!

The MNDP hockey academy prides itself on player development aligned with the Nordique’s culture, prep and/or national bound team play and promotion to their affiliated Junior team (NAHL).  In the last two years, MNDP 18U and 16U alumni advanced with: 20 NAHL tenders, 4 USHL player advancements, and 4 division 1 commits. 

Our success didn’t just start with our Academy.  The predecessor of the Maine Nordiques was the ISS Kings independent team founded in 2013 before expanding as the Maine Nordiques in 2019.  In now typical fashion, the ISS King’s hockey concepts development model co-created with Nolan Howe led their 2002 birthyear team (which started their first year with just 7 kids and a top 30 rank) to becoming a top 10 team in just their second year.  They won the Chicago Bauer, Mississauga Border Battle and International Silversticks Tournaments in their 3rd year– earning a one year spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame for that honor.  Many now familiar names who spent two or more years with the ISS Kings are currently in D1 or  transitioning from the NAHL/USHL/ OHL to D1 or higher, including last year’s NHL first round, 13th pick overall.  We are proud to know that our hockey concepts development model played a significant role in their formative years. 


***Committed while at the MNDP


2020-2021 Academy Alumni 

NCAA Division 1 Commits

  *** 18U Ansel “Gus” Holt- Army W.P

  ***16U Zion Green- Northern Michigan University

      18U  Aiden Westin- University Alaska Anchorage 


USHL Player Advancements:

     18U Easton Zueger- Sioux Falls Stampede

     18U Zion Green – Cedar Rapids Rough Riders

OHL Player Advancements:

     16U Dylan Grover- Sarnia Sting 


NAHL Player Advancements:

     Clay Allen- Anchorage Wolverines

     Cam Bauer- Kenai River Brown Bears 

     Anthony Galante-Aberdeen Wings

     Zion Green- Maine Nordiques NAHL (’21-’22); USHL (’22-23)

     Miles Harrington- Danbury Hat Tricks

     Ansel “Gus” Holt- Maine Nordiques

     Kadsen Johnson- Maine Nordiques

     Jack Kurrle-Maine Nordiques

     Justin Mexico- North Iowa Bulls

     Aiden Westin- Anchorage Wolverines

     Kris Zapata- Maine Nordiques

     Easton Zueger- Maine Nordiques 


Other Tier 2 Jr. A Player Advancements

     Gabriel Filion- Rockland (CCHL)

     Chris Repmann- Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)



      The 2020-2021 MNDP Academy Class was called up to play in 20 NAHL season games. 


This elite class of alumni finished the 2021-2022 regular NAHL season having played collectively 470 Games, with 56 Goals, 138 Assists, 2 “Top Prospect” league All-Star selections, and three NAHL Divisional playoff Finalists.  This excludes 50 games played in the USHL                                                                                                                                                                                 


2021-2022 Academy Alumni

(#-Player enrolled in the academy from 2020-2022)

NCAA Division 1 Commits

  *** Thomas Kiesewetter- Princeton


USHL Player Advancements:

     Thomas Kiesewetter- Muskegon Lumberjacks

     Owen Benoit – Sioux Falls Stampede

NAHL Player Advancements:

    # Owen Grainger- North Iowa 

       Ewan McDevitt- Maine Nordiques 

    # Ryan Panico- Johnstown Tomahawks

       Peyton Van Buskirk- Anchorage Wolverines

       Alexey Yarmulnik- Maine Nordiques 



 Other Tier 2 Jr. A Player Advancements

     #  Coby Fox- SOO Eagles (NOJHL)

*** # Anthony Marra- Twin City (NCDC)

         Jack Wineman – Mercer (NCDC)

        Ashton Billesberger- Notre Dame (SJHL)

        Brendan Waivada- Renfrew (CCHL)