Protec Ducks Announce Affiliation With NAHL’s Minnesota Magicians

The Protech Ducks have announced an affiliation with the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League. Graphic: Protech Hockey Ponds.

The Protec Ducks, a group of youth travel hockey teams, has announced its third league affiliation.

The teams, based out of ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center on Worlds Fair Drive, have joined the Minnesota Magicians as part of the North American Hockey League, according to a press release from the company. The Ducks are already affiliated with the New Jersey Youth Hockey League and the Eastern Junior Elite Prospect League.

This affiliation between the Protec Ducks and Minnesota Magicians will provide “a great opportunity for midget hockey players to develop into quality junior hockey athletes,” according to the release.

The new affiliation will allow players on the 18 Ducks teams to “develop, learn, train, grow and succeed, while playing for free,” according to the NAHL web site.” The NAHL is unique in the fact that a vast majority of players begin their NAHL careers without an NCAA opportunity, but earn one through the course of their development in the league.”

“It’s an honor to be affiliated with a strong junior program like the Minnesota Magicians,” Patrick Alvin, Protec Youth Hockey’s director, said in the release. “It’s a great opportunity to provide the Magicians a look at quality Mid-Atlantic District prospects. This relationship is a testament to the direction, strength, and growth of our Protec Ducks hockey program.”

“We are very excited to announce the affiliation between the Ducks and the Minnesota Magicians in the NAHL,” AJ Bucchino, the Minnesota Magicians co-owner, GM and head coach, said in the release. “We have a great relationship with the management of the Ducks program and we are excited to offer their players an opportunity to learn about the Magicians organization and how we can help the serious athlete reach their goals.  Our goal is to provide a bridge for these athletes to gain exposure and new opportunities to leverage their career at the junior level.”


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