The Tri-State Spartans are pleased to announce acceptance into the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) for the 2020-2021 season. With an aim to expose top-level players to the opportunities that are readily available to the players in more traditional hockey markets, the Tri-State Spartans, with the regional model, know that joining the NAPHL is the next step in making this happen.
The NAPHL has established itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is proof that the NAPHL has elevated itself to one of the premier training grounds for development and opportunity.
The NAPHL is comprised of regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament in which the top teams at each level compete for a league championship. NAPHL Events are some of the most scouted events in all of youth hockey. There is no better stage to begin a season than in Blaine, MN, in cooperation with the NAHL Showcase, where there will be over 300+ NHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL and other junior scouts will be in attendance.
“We are really excited to be accepted as a member in the NAPHL,” states TPH CEO Nathan Bowen. “The Tri-State Spartans players will really benefit from the exposure they will receive by being part of the league and we are thankful for the opportunity Mark, Tony and the entire league has provided for our Spartans program.”
Over 110+ NAPHL alumni played in the NAHL and over 225 NAPHL alumni played in the NCAA. During the past three years, 160+ NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL. A total of 28 NAPHL alumni have been selected in the last seven NHL Drafts.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the Tri-State Spartans program,” stated Hockey Director, Chris Lipsett, “ Not only does being part of the NAPHL provide the Spartans with a great league to compete, it also provides great events for exposure of our players to Junior and College scouts”
The Tri-State Spartans program was established in 2014, to bring elite players together and provide them with high performance training, professional coaching, exposure to competition with top team around the country while being held accountable for their academic performance while still being able to live at home.
The Tri-State Spartans program is managed by Total Package Hockey (TPH). TPH was founded in 2001 with a vision to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through the game of hockey. Since inception, 45 #TPHTrained student-athletes have been selected in the NHL Draft, while 200 have committed to the NCAA level-189 of which are Division 1. In addition, 99 players have been selected in the OHL Priority Selection and 353 have signed tenders or been drafted in the USHL and NHL. While proud of achievements made on the ice, the TPH team of coaches and mentors are most proud of the process of developing young men and women who are ready for the ultimate game-the game of life.
The Tri-State Spartans are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 coaching staff:
Nick Parillo /// Head Coach
Coach Parillo won a National Championship with the USHL Desmoines Buccaneers and then attended Merrimack College in Hockey East. After graduation he attended the Detroit Red Wings main camp and then split his time playing in the AHL and the ECHL, spending much of his time in Toledo. After forming and operating Hockey Player Development (HPD) clinics, Coach Parillo merged this with Tam O’Shanter and helped to form the Sylvania North Star organization. Coach Parillo was instrumental in bring the Sylvania 18U AAA program into the Tri-State Spartans.
Greg Austin /// Asst. Coach
Coach Austin has been coaching College, Midget AAA and High School hockey athletes for over 20 years. He played Maritime Junior A hockey at Halifax and received USA Level 5 and Canada Level 3 coaching certifications. Coach Austin has coached the Tri-State Spartans 18U team since its inception 3 seasons ago. In this role, he has helped advance players to the nonpaid to play Junior ranks. Coach Austin will also act as the GM for the 16U Spartans team and is part of the Tri-State Spartans executive board.
Kelly Perrault /// Head Coach
Coach Perrault played Division I college hockey at Bowling Green State University, where he was first team All-American. He was a seven season All-Star in the AHL, ECHL, IHL, UHL and Germany. Coach Perrault has played over 650 professional hockey games, winning championships with the Quad City Mallards and the Ft. Wayne Komets. Coach Perrault has been part of the Tri-State Spartans coaching staff for many seasons.
Chris Lipsett /// Head Coach
Coach Lipsett played Division I college hockey at Clarkson University, where he graduated with an Engineering degree. He has played in a total of 869 professional hockey games in the AHL, IHL, ECHL, CHL and Europe. Coach Lipsett has over 20 years of professional coaching and instructional experience. Coach Lipsett is part of the executive board for the Tri-State Spartans and has been coaching with the program since its inception.
Iain Fraser /// Head Coach
Coach Fraser was the Captain of the OHL Oshawa Generals for a Memorial Cup win, earning MVP honors. From there he progressed through the AHL to the NHL where he was drafted by the NY Islanders. Coach Fraser played professional hockey for over 17 years and over 1000 games with the likes of the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. He was won awards such as a NHL all-rookie team selection, second team AHL All-Star, OHL player of the year and won a Bronze Medal with Team Canada at the ’95 World Championships. Coach Fraser is part of the executive board for the Tri-State Spartans and has been coaching with the program since its inception.
Pascal Morency /// Head Coach
Following his major junior year, Coach Morency stepped into the pro ranks with the United Hockey League. He then went on to play in the ECHL and the AHL, where he was nominated for the Yannick Dupre Award 3 years in a row. He finished out his career playing in Europe in Austria and the UK. After retirement, Coach Morency began coaching at the Fernie Academy and then in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and AAA hockey for the next 3 years.
Jarrett Dueling /// Head Coach
Coach Dueling played 4 years in the Canadian Major Junior in the Western Hockey League with the Kamloops Blazers, winning 2 Memorial Cups. He was drafted in the third round, 56th overall pick, by the NY Islanders. He played professionally for 7 years in the AHL, IHL, and the NHL. Coach Dueling has been coached in the Tri-State Spartans program for numerous years.
Ron Leef /// Asst. Coach
Coach Leef played for 2 years in the OHL prior to attending a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks. He played 6 years in the IHL with the Ft. Wayne Komets and has been inducted into the Komets Hall of Fame. Coach Leef has over 18 years of coaching experience in youth, high school, AAA and college.
Frank Banham /// Head Coach
Coach Banham played 4 years in Canadian Major Junior in the Western Hockey League. He was drafted 147th by the Washington Capitals, playing over 20 years of professional hockey and 1000 plus games in the NHL, AHL and top European Leagues. Coach Banham has received multiple All-Star selections and played in the World Hockey Championships twice. He coached professionally with several European teams and has been coaching youth hockey at various levels for over 15 years. Coach Banham returns for his second season with the Tri-State Spartans.
Mike Farrier /// Head Coach
Coach Farrier played Division III college hockey at Northland College. He has 8 plus years of coaching experience at the youth, high school and AAA levels, with two of his 2017 and 2019 high school teams winning Indiana State High School Hockey State Championships. Coach Farrier has been an assistant coach for the 18U Spartans for the past 3 seasons prior to taking this position.
Congratulations to the winners of the Tri-State Spartans Sweepstakes! Below is the a list of the winners:
- $2500 Grand Prize- Mike Reel (16U group)
- $1500 Second prize-Brent Cohoon (07 group)
- $1000 third Prize- Robertson family (09 group)
- $500 prize- Yuri Pivor (05 group)
- $500 prize- Fisher family (06 group)
- $500 prize- K.Wedel (08 group)
- $250 prize- Sam Gossard (15U group)
- $250 prize- Mike Lanius (18U group)
TPH and the Tri-State Spartans are pleased to announce that Austin Baker accepted a position to play with the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Norther Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). Austin played for two seasons with the 18U AAA Tri-State Spartans. Starting on the team as a train only player, with a lot of hard work and dedication at the Indy Center of Excellence, Austin was able to continually climb the ladder on the team and went from a practice only player to a regular lineup position and then worked his way onto special teams including the PP and PK units. To do this, Austin dedicated himself to a rigorous on and off ice program of skill development and strength and conditioning. The end result was a student-athlete that excelled as a utility player (playing both forward and defense) as well as contributing on special teams. Accepting the position with the Hearst Lumberjacks, Austin will continue to grow his game on this nonpay-to-play Junior team.
August 12, 2019
Tri-State Spartans Executive Director Chris Lipsett and Director of Hockey Operations Iain Fraser are pleased to announce Roman Marakhovski as head coach of the U15 Spartans.
“Roman brings a massive amount of experience from his playing career and his time coaching at the ECHL level as well as coaching at the highest youth levels,” said Lipsett. “We’ve taken the opportunity to add his experience to our program and more importantly his strong character. Roman’s character aligns well with what we believe it means to be a Spartan. Roman will accelerate the growth of our club while instilling the character that we expect of our players.”
Marakhovski has over 10 years of professional hockey experience and over 475 professional games across the U.S. and Europe. Marakhovski has played and trained with professional hockey teams in the former Soviet Union and attended training camps and played in exhibition games with the Ukrainian National Team.
During his professional playing days, Marakhovski had stops in Russia, France, Greensboro, Corpus Christi, Augusta, Louisiana, Johnstown Pennsylvania, Columbus Georgia and finished up his career in Atlanta with the Gladiators.
Following his professional career, Marakhovski served as the head coach for two seasons with the 18U Thunder AAA Hockey Club, several years coaching various AAA TPH Thunder teams, and seven years as the skills coach for the Atlanta Gladiators.
The Queen City Hockey Association (QCHA) is proud to announce the return of the Tri-State Spartans hockey program for the 2019-2020 season. Last week, QCHA applied for the reinstatement of the Tier I Tri-State Spartans multi-city model program. Furthermore, QCHA will contract with Total Package Hockey (TPH) to run the day to day operations as they previously did for four seasons starting in 2014-2015 when the program first started.
“We are thrilled to once again work side-by-side with Total Package Hockey in bringing back the Spartans program,” Todd Adrien, President of QCHA said. “In working alongside TPH, we have a hockey-operations partner committed to the process of developing players and advancing them to the next level. We look forward to working together to grow the brands of QCHA and the Spartans program.“
In announcing the return of the Spartans, QCHA is proud to continue its “Multi-City” approach to building competitive ‘AAA’ hockey teams, supporting players and their families from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Dayton, Evansville, Lexington, Louisville and Butler County. This approach will ensure playing opportunities at the Tier I level for individual families in the area, while assembling teams that can compete at the Tier I level.
“This model is about creating high level playing opportunities for dedicated, driven, goal-oriented student-athletes who possess the character, work ethic and skill set to play at the ‘AAA’ level,” stated Chris Lipsett, who occupies many leadership positions for TPH, and will be the Director of Hockey Operations for the Tri-State Spartans. “Our goal is to build a competitive program that readies our players for success at the next level. Our belief is that if we focus on the individual and team development process, results, including player advancement will take care of itself.“
Advancement is something Total Package Hockey takes great pride in. Though just 17 years old, 45 #TPHTrained student-athletes have been selected in the NHL draft. 280 have committed to the NCAA level, 189 of which are Division I. In addition, 99 players have been selected in the OHL draft and 353 have signed tenders or been drafted in the USHL and NAHL.
Spartans Assistant Director of Hockey Operations Iain Fraser says the Spartans program will pick up where they left off by offering an elite schedule of Tier I Elite League events, along with scheduling relationships with top teams in the country. All of this in an effort to allow players to live at or close to home and still have consistent access to top competition.
“While nothing trumps culture, coaching and the environment we foster with our Spartans teams, the competition we go up against can play an important role in the rate at which development occurs,” Fraser said. “We will continue to build highly competitive schedules, utilizing our relationship with the Tier I Elite League, for our Spartans teams to take advantage of and develop. Competition fuels development.“
The Spartans will be releasing more information about the return of the program over the next several weeks, including team and tryout announcements, coaching assignments and exciting program offerings.
The Tri-State Spartans would like to introduce the 2019-20 coaching staff! These coaches bring many years of experience and a vast amount of knowledge in the game of hockey to the young student athletes in the region for the upcoming Tier I season. The AAA coaches not only have years of experience and success behind the bench, but they have had even more on the ice as players at the highest levels including D1 all the way up to the NHL.
Executive Director – CHRIS LIPSETT
Director of Hockey Operations – IAIN FRASER
Tri-State Spartans Tier I 2019-20 Coaching lineup – To view Coach Bios CLICK HERE
18U/01-02 – GREG AUSTIN
16U/ 2003 – DAMIAN SURMA
15U /2004 – MIKE BERGER
14U/ 2005 – CHRIS LIPSETT
13U/ 2006 – IAIN FRASER & JARRETT DEULING
12U/ 2007 – RON LEEF
11U/ 2008 – COLIN MILLER AND JARRETT DEULING
10U/ 2009 – FRANK BANHAM
Director of Goaltending – RYAN GAYSO
Director of Defensive Skills / Midget Coaching Advisor – KELLY PERRAULT
Director of Power Skating – DEREK CROUCH