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    A one of a kind on ice experience, the NC Force Plus/Minus is the best summer tournament and all the hockey you will need to stay in shape for the season. It is once a week (approximate) and is as game like as any tournament can be. The game like format provides all the off-season on-ice conditioning needed in order for a player to enjoy the rest of the summer fun away from the rink of for older players to concentrate on hitting the GYM and developing their physical presence.

    As well, the format FORCES players to play both ends of the rink, back-check, fore-check, play offense and play defense. Score is kept not by how many goals an individual gets, but how many goals a team gets and keeps out of their own net. Due to the unique structure you will find the players going harder at the end of the session than the beginning in order to keep their weekly plus/minus lower. Great ACTION!

    Players are placed on teams each week and the attempt is made to make teams as even as possible. Players need to let NC Force know each week if they will not be attending in order for the most competitive teams can be formed.

    The team with the best plus/minus is given a weekly prize. Something small like a roll of tape or pack of hockey cards or $5 Chick-Fil-A gift card, etc. The individual plus/minus are recorded for each player and each week they are on different teams. At the end of the summer the Plus/Minus for each week are tallied and the top three Plus players are given a prize.

    Other Details and Rules:

    - Players placed on teams of 4-5 players each week 

    - Goals for counts as plus, Goals against counts as minus

    - Each week the winning team, highest PLUS, (each player) goes home with a prize

                * if two teams tie the prize carries over to the next week

    - The individual +/- is recorded and added to players total

    - Penalties – Offending team will lost .5 of a +/- (New Rule)

    - Off-sides are called, but the kids learn to police themselves

    - Benches are run by the players. Teaches leadership.

    - The top 3 players receive a prize

                * Must play 5 of the 8 +/- sessions to qualify for prizes 

                * Must play in final Session to qualify for top 3 prize

    Paul Strand

    Paul Strand

    Owner/GM - NC Force

    Phone: 9197934700

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 9, 2018


    RALEIGH, NC – Paul Strand owner and GM of the NC Force Golden Bears of the Eastern Hockey League is proud to announce Brent Selman as the franchise first Head Coach. “I have been friends with Brent for 12 years and have seen firsthand the program he built at Duke University of the ACCHL. Years of working with him in the youth community and spending time as an assistant for him at Duke and can attest to his attention to detail and ability to work with elite adult hockey players. He has an integrity and character about him that is rare these days.” Strand Says.

    Selman, a Raleigh resident, brings a wealth of experience to the job, with this being his first foray into the junior ranks. Having spent the past 16 seasons as the Head Coach of Duke University Club program in the ACCHL, Selman has built that program into one with a strong reputation for its quality of play. Selman was a 6-time coach of the year in the ACCHL over his 16 seasons and won the league Championship 3 times. He has proven to be able to work with older players at a competitive level.

    “I am excited to be a part of this EHL Franchise. Starting from scratch is never easy, but with a strong ownership group and a core group of players that have already expressed interest in joining our team- I think we are going to be a very well respected program”- Brent Selman.

    In addition to building strong teams on the ice, Selman has been instrumental in developing an Alumni club that is unrivalled in the world of club hockey. Selman will maintain a strong tie to the Duke program alumni association in the future. Under Selman’s leadership we look forward to building that same Alumni strength with the NC Force.

    Born in Sarnia, Ontario Canada, the 46 year-old Selman played his college hockey at Wilfrid Laurier University in U-Sports (Formally the CIS), Canada’s top Collegiate league. After college, Selman spent a couple years playing professionally. In 1993-94 Selman played for the Lakeland Ice Warriors in the Southern Hockey League amassing 15 goals, 22 assists, 47 points in 42 games. In 1994-95 Selman ventured overseas to the British Hockey League to play for the Bracknell Bees where he once again showed as scoring touch with 24 goals, 25 assists, 49 points in 44 games.

    After playing spent time coaching in the Northwest USA. He developed programs in the Spokane and Seattle area. During this timeframe he travelled periodically to Raleigh to work with the Carolina Hurricanes in developing its diversity program. He liked the area and decided to move to NC to pursue his career and hockey life. We look forward to having Brent provide the leadership this inaugural year.

    Bear tracks - NC Force begins play in the Eastern Hockey League in 2018-19. The EHL began as the Atlantic Junior Hockey league in 2003-04 and officially became the EHL in 2013. Prior to the 2017-18 season the Eastern Hockey League set out to re-brand its two divisions. The first division is simply the Eastern Hockey League, while the second division is called the Eastern Hockey League Premier.

    NC Force is excited to be a part of a strong league that will see upwards of 100 NCAA D1 and D3 commitments from the current 2017-18 edition. A full list of NCAA commitments from the EHL can be viewed here:

     Media Contacts : Paul Strand –   Website:



    Eastern Hockey League

    NC Force is proud to announce their acceptance into the the Eastern Hockey League for the 2018-19 season.

    U12 Spring Plus Minus Champions - Connor McClain, Cooper Germain, Michael Sheridan

    U14 Spring Plus Minus Champions, Kevin Ma, Brady Franck, Chris Vengas

    U18 Spring Plus/Minus Winner Holding the Yeti Cooler - Devin Phillips