A major goal for any player in the NAHL is to earn the chance to play college hockey at the highest level, in hopes that it'll lead to a career in the pro game. Not every player though, will get a scholarship.
During the 2012-2013 NAHL season, two Tomahawks' player earned a chance to continue playing college hockey. Goaltender, Chris Truehl signed to play for Air Force and defenseman Casey Nelson signed on to play for Minnesota State University - Mankato. Both hockey programs are D1.
We reported last month that Mike Sandor would also continue playing hockey in Canada for Simon Fraser University. You can check out that article here.
Even if you don't have a college commitment, that doesn't mean you can't play college hockey. Cobi Smith-Mass is just one of those players without a college commitment, but with the college hockey dream.
At the end of the season we talked to Cobi about what his plans are for next season. "Next year I will be looking for a walk on spot at the University of Alaska Anchorage" Smith-Mass said.
The Anchorage, Alaska native played in 39 regular season games last season for the Tomahawks, scoring six points (5 goals, 1 assist). He was one of several players to play for the Alaska Avalanche before moving to Johnstown. Smith-Mass also spent a season playing in the BCHL for the Surrey Eagles, back in 2010-2011.
For many players, this will be the way they find a way to continue going after their hockey dreams, at the D1 to D3 college level.
Smith-Mass is yet another former Johnstown Tomahawks' player that we will be watching closely and hope all the best for him.