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48 in 24 Series: Breezy Point North Stars

August 12, 2016
The 48 in 24 series will feature an in-depth look into all 48 teams in the NA3HL for the 2016-17 season, with new teams being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season. 48 in 24 goes in-depth into each NA3HL team and will include interviews with all 48 head coaches in the NA3HL, as they provide fans with their expectations and outlook for the 2016-17 season, including taking a look at their potential roster and their strengths as a team for the upcoming season. It will also take a look back on the 2015-16 season and how each team fared and what they accomplished.  Best of all, 48 in 24 will provide the fans of the NA3HL with an inside look at their favorite team and what to expect.
 
Breezy Point North Stars
2015-16 Record: 22-17-8, 52 pts. (3rd in the West Division)
2015-16 Playoffs: Lost in the West Division Semi-Finals to Twin City, 2 games to 1
Head Coach: Jon Jonasson
2016-17 Division: West
 
The 2015-16 season was a good one for the North Stars. With 22 wins, as compared to the 14 wins during the 2014-15 season, and making playoffs this past year; this team is headed on the right track. Each year this team has grown and developed with new and returning players and now, a new Head Coach. 
 
Jon Jonasson has over 10 years of coaching experience. In the 2010-11 season, Jonasson was the Associate Coach for the Phoenix Polar Bears Junior A team in the WSHL, which was also the same year they headed to the Western Division Championship. In addition, Jonasson was the Head Coach/GM for the Helena Bighorns team in the NA3HL. Jon has helped over 30 players move on to the next level in their hockey career. 
 
“We are excited with the experience that Jon brings to the table,” said General Manager Craig Larson. “Coaches Worlton and Dallman did a great job here in Breezy Point in the past and we wish them the best for their advancement opportunity in the NAHL in Kenai River,” Larson added.  “Jonasson has a lot of energy, is a tireless recruiter and has a solid plan for player development. With his many contacts in the NAHL and his track record for advancing players, we felt he is the right fit to continue our success moving forward as an organization and a developmental program in the NA3HL,” said Larson.  
 
Jonasson said, “Our main point of emphasis on building a team for this year is making sure we had a solid core with five of our seven top leading goal scorers coming back.”
 
However, having a solid core on the ice is not the only thing Jonasson is focusing on. “In order to advance our players to the next level, they have been preparing and applying for colleges. That way, when the boys start to get looks and scouts wanting to talk to them, they’re already applied and ready to go. As for myself and the rest of the staff, we make sure we do everything we can to help out, whether it’s reaching out to NAHL teams and even talking to colleges as much as we can.”
 
Jonasson when asked on expectations for this season: “High to say the least. Number one is to get the boys a college commitment. Number two, work hard and make a trip to the Silver Cup Championship.”
 
The North Stars tryout camp ended this past weekend.

Next up in the 48 in 24 series: Cape Cod Islanders
 
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