Shreveport, LA

Mudbugs Busy During Offseason

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Shreveport Mudbugs

The Shreveport Mudbugs are getting ready for the next season and the current roster of players has been actively trying to secure their future.

NAHL Draft

The NAHL Draft occurred on June 15. Shreveport’s first pick with the 19th pick selected Ryan Burke. Burke is from London, Ontario, and played with Navan in the CCHL where he scored 27 goals and had 37 assists.

The second-round draft pick was Alexander Park that played for CCHL Ottawa at right defense. Park scored 3 goals and had 7 assists. He had an assist in the Centennial Cup.

The Mudbugs took Erick Vitale in the fourth round. Vitale scored 22 goals and 14 assists for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the OJHL in the 21-22 season.

The Mudbugs grabbed Riley Rosenthal at right defense with the fifth-round pick given from El Paso. Rosenthal split time in the USHL between Dubuque and Omaha. Rosenthal played 17 games and garnered 1 assist with Dubuque. He finished the season with the Omaha Lancers netting 2 goals and 6 assists.

The Mudbugs had two other picks in the fifth round. Jaden Goldie from the Listowel Cyclones was picked 19th in the fifth round. The center had 26 goals with 26 assists in the GOJHL. Shreveport received another pick from St. Cloud. The Mudbugs grabbed picked Dylan Glinski from Chatham Maroons. The left-wing scored 27 goals and 23 assists.

The last pick for Shreveport in the 2022 NAHL Draft came in the sixth round. The Mudbugs acquired Brian Essing from Norwich Sea Captains in the NA3HL. The forward played 23 games scoring 9 goals and collecting 12 assists.

Some of these players will not see the ice at George’s Pond but Shreveport will get the first pick of their draft pick if they decide to play in the NAHL. These players can try out for other leagues across the US and Canada. A player can try out for another NAHL team if there is an agreement between the Mudbugs and the other NAHL team.

Undrafted players can try out at the Mudbugs camp by invitation only from August 12-20 at George’s Pond.

College Commitments

They do what they are supposed to do. The main goal for players in the NAHL is to get to the college level. Shreveport had four more college commitments over the summer.

Goalkeeper extreme Devon Bobak received a D3 offer to play at Trinity College Bantams in Hartford, Connecticut.

Connor Gatto received a commitment to play at SUNY-Oswego Lakers.

Carter Green has the opportunity to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold.

Last but not least, Burke Simpson may be on the side of the ice of teammate Green in the WIAC as he will play for the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Falcons

Upcoming Events

As mentioned before, the tryout camps will be August 12-20 so Mudbugs can begin to fill roster spots.

The boys will head to Blaine, Minnesota on Sept 14-17 to kick off the season with the 19th Annual NAHL Showcase. The Mudbugs will open the ‘22-23 season facing the Minnesota Wilderness out of the Midwest Division. Day 2 will feature the Mudbugs squaring off against the North Iowa Bulls from the Central Division. Shreveport will take on the Springfield Jr. Blues on the third day. They will wrap up the showcase with a matchup against the Philadelphia Rebels.

Shreveport will begin the season with three consecutive home series starting on September 23 when they will take on the Amarillo Wranglers.

The following will be the home schedule for the Mudbugs

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Mudbugs Home Schedule

Mudbug tickets are now on sale. You can call Kimberly Jacks at 318-636-7094 or email at Kimberly@mudbugshockey.com

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