Local hockey talent was on display for scouts at Skate Zone last weekend
June 12, 2013
Original Article (NHL)
VOORHEES, N.J. - The 5th annual Liberty Bell Games took place last weekend at the Flyers Skate Zone here and was an overwhelming success.
More than 90 of the areas top high-school age hockey talent, selected from a pool of 216 applicants, played for five different teams during the weekend in front of nearly 60 professional, collegiate, junior, prep school and independent scouts.
During some down time on Saturday, the participating players were given tours of the practice facility by Flyers Ambassador of Hockey Todd Fedoruk and sat through a compelling presentation on training, developing players and prospects from Flyers Director of Player Development Ian Laperriere.
Kicking off the event, the Liberty Bell Games provided certificates of appreciation to their corporate partners from Wendy's and Comcast-Spectacor and presented Flyers president and COO of Comcast-Spectacor Peter Luukko with a certificate of appreciation.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was also on hand for the start of the event.
"The event certainly could not happen without our Sponsors Comcast-Spectacor and Wendy's, as well as our staff," said Liberty Bell Games and President and CEO Lew Mongelluzzo, who is also a scout for the Ottawa Senators. "Equally important are the 90 players that committed their time and demonstrated their skill level in front of a national audience.
"The Atlantic District continues to play a prominent role in producing and developing players to compete throughout the country at high levels."
The Liberty Bell Games has had 33 players in it's first four seasons go on to play Division I NCAA hockey or CHL Junior Hockey.
Three players have been drafted by NHL teams – John Gaudreau was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by Calgary, Troy Vance was selected in the fifth round of that draft by Dallas, and the Flyers took goalie Anthony Stolarz in the second round of 2012.
Next year's Liberty Bell Games will take place June 6-8, 2014 at the Skate Zone. Applications can be submitted beginning in January.
In the meantime, the inaugural Philadelphia Amateur Hockey Combine, scheduled for July 30-August 1 at the Skate Zone, will bring together more than 100 of the top amateur hockey players, ages 13-19, from coast-to-coast.
This unmatched combination of on-and-off-ice testing, practices, and full 60-minute games will provide professional and college scouts in attendance with a comprehensive look at each player.
Daily instruction and lectures will be led by NHL alumni and coaches, including Todd Fedoruk, Derian Hatcher, Ian Laperriere, Jeremy Roenick, Robert Esche, and more.
Liberty Bell Games Review
June 11, 2013
USHR spent the weekend at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ taking in the 2013 Liberty Bell Games. Ottawa Senators scout Lew Mongelluzzo does a great job in bringing the majority of the area's top high school-aged talent together for a five-team showcase. There's a little something for everyone here, ranging from players with D-I and major junior interest to a healthy number of really good prep school/NESCAC type players. And there is a variety of scouts on hand to watch them all. A nice plus for the scouts – who need to home in on exactly who they need to be watching – is the amount of quality information they are given on the players. It's helpful to be able to immediately find out what any given player's GPA is, what his parents do for a living, whether or not he wants to play junior hockey or prep hockey, where he played last year, what type of college he would like to go to. It's all good info; it's all in the book; and very well done.
Scouts flock to Voorhees for local youth hockey tournament
June 7, 2013
Original Article (Courier Post)
Summer is usually a down time for youth hockey players. School is out. Relaxation sets in before months of dry-land training and another season on the ice this fall.
Starting today, those kids better to be ready to play.
One of the highlights of the offseason is the Liberty Bell Games, celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees.
Players ages 15 through 17 will compete in a five-team tournament. A crop of 258 applicants was whittled down to the 90 players who will compete.
Instead of spending up to $1500 for similar tournaments in Boston, the Liberty Bell Games has been a staple in the northeast for local players who don't want to pay an arm and a leg to compete. The event is also free for spectators, unlike other similar tournaments.
"Everybody just seems to hit the parents over the head just because they can," said Lew Mongelluzzo, owner of the tournament and scout for the Ottawa Senators. "For us, it's just not our philosophy."
Despite a rise in popularity over the last four years, Mongelluzzo was able to keep the entrance fee at $299 every year thanks to sponsorship from Comcast-Spectacor, Wendy's and Honda.
"We produced literally hundreds of collegiate players," Mongelluzzo said. "We've produced 75 to 100 professional players at (various) levels. We've had three kids eventually drafted out of this tournament."
Salem-native Johnny Gaudreau was drafted in the fourth round by the Calgary Flames in 2001. Goalie Anthony Stolarz was taken by the Flyers in the second round last June. The Dallas Stars selected Troy Vance in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.
That kind of competition has also attracted 12 scouts from 11 NHL teams and 19 NCAA scouts. There will also be scouts from the Ontario Hockey League, United States Hockey League and local prep schools.
They're coming to watch what might be the best group of young hockey players to come through the ranks in some time.
"The '94 (birth year) group was by far the best year for prospects," Mongelluzzo said. "This group this year will overtake that group. The '98 youth level is going to be the best group we've had in the five years we've been here."
LIBERTY BELL GAMES RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA
Original Article (NHL)
The 5th Annual Liberty Bell Games sponsored by Comcast Spectacor and Wendy's return to the Philadelphia area June 7th - 9th.
This premier tournament will showcase 90 elite high school-aged players from throughout USA Hockey's Atlantic District.
Games will be spread over a three day period at The Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Scouts and coaches from the National Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, NCAA, United States Hockey League, and others will be in attendance.
All games are open to the public, and admission is free.