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Local Hockey Spotlight: Local Talent, National Attention

Tyler Weiss has the chance to join a short list of Raleigh natives drafted into the show.

USHL Fall Classic - Day 3 Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Tyler Weiss is a name that you may only have heard if you are either embedded in youth hockey in the area or someone who plays close attention to the U.S. National Development Team. However, Weiss is on a path to join names like Skyler Brind’Amour and Josh Wesley as players who came from the Triangle and heard their name called in the NHL Draft.

The 5’11”, 159-pound left-wing is pegged as a fourth-round prospect by the NHL Central Scouting Report but that stock could rise as the season wears on. Weiss currently has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 23 games for the program and is committed to play at Boston University under David Quinn beginning in 2018. The skilled winger joins a list of recent prospects such as Jack Eichel and Jordan Greenway who have worn the Terrier colors.

As you’ve heard me say before, hockey in North Carolina isn’t just for beer-league players who came from the Midwest or north of the border. Real talent is being developed here and the best league in the world is taking notice.

I also want to say how humbled I was by everyone who reached out to me either through email or through the site. I also want to thank Shane Willis and Emile Hartman with the Carolina Hurricanes for meeting with me and giving me some insight on youth hockey in the area. With that being said, here are some local hockey scores/reports that we promised we would deliver! Please feel free to contact me either through the site or my email at lcgoff11@gmail.com if you have any information you’d love for me to pass onto the site or if there is a local tournament/game you think deserves some coverage.

  • The NC Vipers rec league team recently returned from Sin City where they won the Canadian Hockey Enterprises Gamblers Cup. The team won all four games it played before bringing home the trophy.
  • The Carolina Eagles Junior Elite team has two games against the Potomac Patriots this weekend. The Eagles are 15-11 and led in scoring by Alex Robinson from Apex. Robinson has 20 goals this season and 17 apples for 37 total points.
  • Congratulations to Shattuck-St. Mary’s freshman forward Hannah Rodgers, a graduate of the Lady Eagles U16 AA squad, who received a scholarship offer to play Division I hockey at the University of New Hampshire!