The Norwich Sea Captains made four selections in the 2021 NA3HL draft on April 28. With the 3rd overall pick, Norwich’s first draft selection in franchise history belonged to forward to Stamford, CT native Jack Kinahan who recently completed a post-graduate year at Bridgeton Academy (ME). Before joining Bridgeton, Kinahan was the last captain for Trinity Catholic in Stamford, where he was a standout for the Crusaders.
In the second round, the Sea Captains remained in-state and selected Brody Trew with the 37th overall pick. Trew, a native of Bethel, CT, most recently played with the Elite Hockey Academy in Northford, CT. The speedy forward recorded 13 points in 51 games.
The Sea Captains crossed the Atlantic in the third round to bring a player back home, selecting Cromwell, CT native Ethan Ranger with the 71th overall pick. Ranger played last season with Opole Hokej Klub, putting up 14 points in 21 games playing in the top junior league of Poland. Prior to his time overseas Ranger played for the New England Knights in the NA3HL after a standout career at Newington Co-op’s high school program.
With their last pick, the Sea Captains expanded their sights beyond the border of the Constitution State toward the hockey hotbed of Michigan, selecting Jacob Dietsch from Saginaw, MI. A four year varsity player for Saginaw Heritage High School, Dietsch finished his high school career with 3 goals and 6 assists in an abbreviated 2020-21 season.
The Norwich Sea Captains are proud to be the newest organization in the NA3HL, the premier Tier III junior league in the United States. Playing out of the RoseGarden Ice Arena in Norwich, CT, the Sea Captains are excited to hit the ice in the fall. Season tickets will be on sale once the league schedule is released.
Want to support students and hockey on the shoreline? The Sea Captains are looking for billet families and sponsors for the upcoming season. Call or email Head Coach and General Manager Kevin Cunningham at 973-224-3492 or firstname.lastname@example.org and come aboard today!