3View: Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
The 3View series will feature an in-depth look into all NA3HL teams in preparation for the 2022-23 season, with two teams being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season. 3View goes in-depth into each NA3HL team and will include interviews with all the head coaches in the NA3HL, as they provide fans with their expectations and outlook for the 2022-23 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 2021-22 season and how each team fared and what they accomplished. Best of all, 3View will provide the fans of the NA3HL with an inside look at their favorite team and what to expect.
Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
2021-22 Record: 26-17-4, 58 pts. (3rd in East Division)
2022 Playoffs: Lost to Northeast in the East Division Final, 2-1
Head Coach: Tyler Noseworthy
2022-23 Division: East
Starting out the 2021-22 season with a 1-10 record, it was a year of resilience and perseverance for the Jr. Hat Tricks as they finished a goal away from reaching the Fraser Cup Championship in St. Louis. Moving forward, head coach Tyler Noseworthy and the organization are eager and hungry for the season that is approaching.
Noseworthy touched on the resiliency of the team last season. “We rose to the challenge and ended up taking a team to the final buzzer in the East Division final, a good team, a team that no one in our division was able to beat all season. I was extremely proud of my team and the way they handled everything that was thrown at them last season. I would say the season met mine and the team expectations for sure. However, just like any competitor, I myself and my returning players as well as new players this year, are hungry for more. We want to be in St. Louis at the end of this season. We will take the necessary steps to do so.”
Along with the aspirations the organization has for winning the Fraser Cup, an even bigger goal and focus is developing the players. The 2021-22 roster produced two college commitments, an NAHL tender, and an NAHL draft pick. Noseworthy touched on the emphasis Danbury, both in the NAHL and NA3HL, puts on developing players and providing them opportunities to succeed.
“More importantly than winning games or championships, our goal in this building here in Danbury is to develop the players and the character of the players. I will challenge any other team this coming season to have as many games played at the NAHL level that our NA3HL team here will have. I also challenge NAHL teams to give as many opportunities to said players as our team here in Danbury will. This is the direction we are moving into and there is a lot of excitement in this building for these players.”
With a visible ladder of development in place within the organization, the roster is entering the season with eight returning players and plenty of new faces. Having individual accountability and a collective goal to improve will be key for the Jr. Hat Tricks to meet their goals.
“One goal is 50 NAHL games played for the deserving NA3 players on our team. Another goal is a birth in the Fraser Cup at the end of the season. If the players commit to the process and take pride in getting 1% better every single day, we will be there.”
Danbury will start their season off on home ice against the Northeast Generals on September 4th and will give fans a first hand look of what their hard work in the offseason has brought to them.
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