Mendelson to visit Elite Edge


Elite Edge Hockey Showcase guest LeighMendelson has been named the head coach of the expansion Marquette Rangers of the North American Hockey League. Mendelson, who had spent last season as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States

Hockey League, will be visiting the camp for two days as his team continues to look for players for next season.

With his new position, the coaching and guest roster now includes - Robert Bouchard (video coach, Nashville

Predators), Scott Robinson (coach and general manager, Cowichan Capitals, BCHL), Mike Earhart (assistant coach, Santa Fe Roadrunners, NAHL), Nathan Bowen (assistant coach, University Alabama-Huntsville), Mike Rooney (former NHL scout, president of Western Prospects Hockey Development), Joe Birch (head coach, St. Thomas Stars, Ontario Jr. B), Uwe Krupp (head coach, German Olympic team), Dan Wildfong (player/assistant coach, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, CHL) and David Good (strength and conditioning coach, Nashville Predators).



Registrations for the 2006 Elite Edge Hockey Showcase have reached the halfway mark, with contact being made with all players who have been accepted to the camp.

With the large number of registrations expected in the upcoming weeks, it is expected the camp will be on a waiting list for the second straight season.

The camp registration is capped at 110 players this year, to allow the proper designation of players on the six teams that will be participating in the camp.



The Sleep Inn in Cool Springs is the official host hotel of the Elite Edge Hockey Showcase. Through the duration of the camp (from June 7 to June 11) the Sleep Inn is offering a rate of $69 per night.

Located only one mile from Southern Ice Arena, the Sleep Inn features a fitness center, shuttle service and a swimming pool.

Reservations can be made by calling 800-754-6835.



Elite Edge Hockey Showcase would like to congratulate 2005 EE partipants and Ravenwood Raptors Derek Kimbro, Taylor Smith, Andrew Eastes, Adam Ackerman and Joey Sandell on winning the GNASH league and championship tournament. As well, there were 15 Elite Edge participants who played in the GNASH all-star game.

The Memphis and Knoxville champions played each other April 1 at Southern Ice Arena, featuring several players who took part in last years Elite Edge camp.

Also, Elite Edge would like to extend congratulations to the TPH Lightning U16 team and the TPH Thunder 1991 team who participated in the Southeast District tournament.



The Elite Edge Hockey Showcase is the premier destination for hockey players born in 1987-1991 who want to raise their game to an elite level.

Through a high-performance level of on and off-ice training, seminars, video sessions and team building activities, these players will better their skills in preparation for next year.

As well, scouts from several different junior leagues and prep schools have been invited to the camp to watch these players and possibly advance them to the next level of their hockey development.

For more information see or

contact Brandon Walker at 615-673-6451. p



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