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U18 French Called up to NAHL Ice Dogs

By Staff, 10/28/19, 1:00PM MDT

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Colorado Springs Tigers 18U Keaton French has been called up to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League. French a 2002 6’1”goaltender from Fairbanks, AK  is in his third season with the Tigers of the NAPHL.

The 2018-19 campaign saw French post a impressive .936 saves percentage and 2.04 gaa at the 16U level and he has made the transition this season posting a .920 svs and 1.93 gaa in the early going for the Tigers U18s.

French dressed for both games this past weekend for the Ice Dogs and is the first player from the Colorado Springs Tigers 18U to be called up this season.

The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement, which is highlighted by a large amount of advancement of players to the North American Hockey League (NAHL). No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last three seasons than the NAPHL. 

This past season, over 110+ NAPHL alumni played in the NAHL and over 225 NAPHL alumni played in the NCAA. To begin the 2019-20 season, over 80+ NAPHL alumni were on NAHL rosters. During the past three years, 160+ NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL, which is a testament to the success of the NAPHL to NAHL Ladder of Development model.