Ever Wonder Which States the Top Players from Tier 3 Hail From?
A by the numbers look at which states the top players come from in correlation to the number of players that hail from that state.
The stats used to make this correlation were drawn from the top 20 skaters by points and the top 20 goaltenders by save percent in the 2017-18 season.
The State of Hockey represents more of the top Tier 3 players than any other state with 4 skaters and 4 goaltenders landing on the top 20 leaderboards. Minnesota ranks #5 (tie with Pennsylvania) in number of represented players and hosts 10 teams. Minnesota represents less than 7% of all Tier 3 players in 2017-18 while 20% of the players on both top 20 leaderboards call Minnesota home. Skaters (#5 Jory McWilliams, Tampa Bay Juniors / #9 Kyle Klatt, Wisconsin Muskies / #14 Tyler Bump, North Iowa Bulls / #15 Logan Nelson, Alexandria Blizzard )
The state of Illinois represents 4% of all Tier 3 Junior Hockey players, with 10% of the top 20 goalie/skater leaders coming from the state. Illinois ranks #8 overall in number of represented players, while hosting 3 Tier 3 Junior Hockey teams. Skaters (#8 Devin Panzeca, East Coast Wizards / #18 Zach Ruley, NY Aviators / #20 Jack Hatton, St Louis Jr Blues) Goaltenders (#19 Austin Smith, Walpole Express)
Slightly less than 7% of all Tier 3 players came from Michigan, while the state represents 12.5% of all the top 20 leaders. Michigan is 4th among all states in number of represented players and hosts 7 teams. Top 20 represented players include Goalies (#1 ranked Drew Scites, Great Falls Americans / #13 Brian Tallieu, Metro Jets / #17 Sean Finstrom, Lansing Wolves). Skaters (#4 Joey Savel, Philadelphia Little Flyers / #7 Connor Inger, Metro Jets)
Massachusetts hosts the most Tier 3 Junior Hockey teams and represents the 3rd most players at the Tier 3 level in 2017-18. Although no skaters from Massachusetts landed in the top 20 on the points leaderboard, 3 Goaltenders made the top 20 (#9 Sam Best, Charlotte Rush / #18 Peter Ciccarelli, Philadelphia Revolution / #20 Ben Parker, Boston Jr Rangers). 7% of all Tier 3 players come from Massachusetts, with 7% of the top leaders represented.
The Top 3 points leaders call New Jersey home (Brad Becker, Binghamton Jr Senators / Eric Vanderhoff, Skylands Kings / Devin Ralph, New Jersey Rockets) although beyond that no other native New Jerseyans land in the top 20 nor are any of the top 20 Goaltenders from New Jersey. The state of New Jersey ranks #2 in birth states of Tier 3 Junior Hockey players in the 2017-18 season, second only to New York. New Jersey represents over 7% of all Tier 3 Junior Hockey players, with 7% of the top 20 leaders hailing from the State.
More Tier 3 Junior Hockey players come from the state of New York than any other U.S. State. In fact, New York represents 32% more players that New Jersey and not surprisingly New York also hosts more teams than any other state except Massachusetts. 3 of the top 20 points leaders hail from New York (#11 Ryan Reifler, Binghamton Jr Senators / #16 Chris Peters, Walpole Express / #17 Andrew Logar, Niagara Falls PowerHawks) and 1 of the top 20 goaltenders (#15 Anthony Keating, Charlotte Rush) come from the great state. Nearly 11% of all Tier 3 Junior Hockey players come from the state of New York, with 10% of the top 20 skater/goalie leaders.
Other States Representing top 20 Leaders
Colorado - 1 skater / 1 goalie
Texas - 1 Skater
Florida - 1 Skater
North Carolina - 1 goalie
Connecticut - 1 goalie
Iowa - 1 goalie
California - 1 goalie
Pennsylvania - 1 goalie
International - 1 skater / 2 goalies (International players represent approximately 10% of all players this season)