The St. Louis Jr. Blues, proud members of the NA3HL, are extremely pleased to announce that defenseman Blake Dangos and goaltender Mikaël Foucher have been picked for the NA3HL team that will compete at this year’s NAHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament. This event, held alongside the NAHL’s Robertson Cup Finals at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minn., pits some of the nation’s top Tier I, high school, and now NA3HL talents at that age group against each other, all in front of top junior and collegiate scouts. In addition, Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher will be behind the bench of the 18U NA3HL team in Blaine.
A native of St-Hubert, Quebec, Foucher’s first season in junior hockey was a dream one for any goalkeeper. The 5’11”, 180 lb 2000 birth year posted a 24-5-2 regular-season record, with a 2.24 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage, and four shutouts. Foucher picked up the NA3HL’s Rookie of the Year and Vaughn Goaltender of the Year awards, while also being named to the All-Rookie Team and the 1stAll-NA3HL Team. He was also selected for the Central Division team at the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, where he recorded two wins, and in the playoffs he went 4-0-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average. This will not be Foucher’s first trip to the 18U Top Prospects: last year he represented the NAPHL West team after a solid season with the 18U California Titans, going 2-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA in Blaine.
Despite being only 5’7” and weighing 145 pounds, Blake Dangos easily proved his worth at the junior level in his rookie season. The 2002 birth year out of St. Louis played in 40 regular season games, scoring three goals and adding 13 assists, with a plus-minus rating of +25. He suited up for all seven games in the Jr. Blues’ Fraser Cup run, scoring two assists.
“Both Fouch and Blake really earned their way onto the 18U Top Prospects team,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher. “Their stats and performances really showed that they have the talent to succeed not just with the Jr. Blues, but at higher levels of hockey going forward. This is a great opportunity for them and we’re confident they’ll be impressive up in Blaine. We’re lucky to be a part of a league that is always looking to expand the opportunities for player exposure, and adding the NA3HL team to this year’s Top Prospects Tournament is just another great example of this.”