Middletown’s North American Hockey League (NAHL) affiliate, the New Jersey Titans, drafted three forwards in the Tier 2 association’s 2020 supplemental draft, including a playmaker with ties to the Garden State.
With the 24th overall selection the Titans drafted Anthony Calafiore, an 18-year old Staten Island native who developed with the North Jersey Avalanche organization and played his high school hockey with Monsignor Farrell. A season ago Calafiore, who is committed to NCAA Division I Robert Morris University for the 2022-23 season, logged 54 points (30g, 24a) over 30 games at 18U level. Calafiore also appeared in four games with Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL), and was drafted in USHL’s 2020 Phase II Draft by the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The Titans took 18-year old Stamford, CT-born winger Jack Ford with the 70th overall selection. A Philadelphia Jr. Flyers product, Ford appeared with the Rhode Island preparatory school Mount St. Charles Academy where he registered 30 points (13g, 17a) in 53 games.
Eight picks later the Titans capped their draft by taking Jack Ring, a 19-year old from Hingham, MA who has an NCAA Division I commitment to the University of New Hampshire for the 2020-21 season. Last year Ring appeared in 35 games with the NAHL-affiliated Northeast Generals and delivered 15 points (3g, 12a) in 35 games. He also skated in 15 games with the South Shore Kings of the National Collegiate Developmental Conference (NCDC) and posted 7 points (3g, 4a) in 15 games.
The NAHL’s 2020 Entry Draft will take placed July 21st.
New Jersey Natives Selected
Kyle Mandleur, East Brunswick, NJ: Though 19-year old forward is committed to the University of Vermont for the 2020-21, the Northeast Generals took him 9th overall in the NAHL supplemental draft (he was also selected by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL Phase II Entry Draft). The Mercer Chiefs product played his high school hockey with The Hun School, including 67 points (44g, 23a) in 23 games in the 2017-18 season.
Nolan Barrett, Glen Ridge, NJ: The 19-year old defenseman was drafted by the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Barrett played one season with Don Bosco Prep before transitioning to the Selects Hockey Academy in South Kent, CT. The Merrimack College commit appeared in 53 games last season in the canadian British Columbia Hockey League with Cowichan Valley Capitals and Prince George Spruce Kings.