As if the NJ Titans offseason hasn't been successful enough with a budding program fielding an outstanding number of teams, including an Atlantic Junior Hockey League team again, things got better with the results of Thursday's NAHL Draft.
Building off of last week's USHL Draft which saw former TItan Dan O'Keefe get picked in the 4th Round and Trevor Heuser get picked in the 16th Round, the Titans had two more players selected by one of USA Hockey's top Junior Leagues in the North American Hockey League.
Going first, with the 53rd Pick of the Draft, and the 5th Pick of the 3rd Round to the Wichita Falls Wildcats was former 2 year TItan Junior player, Dalton Bew. Bew, who came to the Titans midway through the 2009-2010 season was a standout in his time with the Titans MJHL team. Bew moved on last year to the Boston Bulldogs of the AJHL before being picked this year.
Bew had this to say upon hearing of his selection, "It feels great. All of my hard work has paid off. Starting my Junior career with the Titans helped me to become acclimated to the speed and strength of the Junior game and level. It is just an honor to get drafted into the NAHL and I am looking forward to the opportunity."
Going second of the Titan players in the draft was long-time Titan and current Titan Mark Tomaschek. Tomaschek, a native of Toms River has been with the Titans for as long as he can remember and it was a major part in his selection. Tomaschek, who went in the 4th Round, with the 79th overall pick, and the 9th pick of the Round went to the Johnstown Tomahawks. Tomaschek, who played for the Titans U16 National team last year will be a part of the Titans Junior program for the upcoming season.
Tomaschek was excited to be drafted, and commented on the selection, "Words can't describe how excited I am about getting drafted. I can't thank the entire Titan organization enough for all their hard work. I would be nowhere without them. They have given me the exposure and opportunities needed to get to the next level as a player. I am looking forward to having a great offseason, and to continue to develop as a hockey player."
The Titan organization is honored to have more players being in a position to move on than ever before, and we look forward to our future and congratulate these players on this honor.