Four TPH-Trained Players on Hobey Baker List

Total Package Hockey is proud to announce that four TPH Trained athletes have been nominated for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award which is presented to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player. TPH alumni Mitch Fossier (Alpharetta, GA), Josh Kestner (Huntsville, AL), Cooper Marody (Brighton, MI) and Tony Calderone (Trenton, MI) are among the 74 student-athletes who have been nominated on behalf of their respective programs to receive this prestigious award.

“We congratulate Mitch, Josh, Cooper and Tony on this wonderful recognition,” Total Package Hockey Director of Player Development Brandon Naurato said. “To have been directly nominated by their respective coaches and programs speaks volumes about the character and abilities of these young men. It is our privilege to be able to say that these four quality athletes are TPH Trained.”

The entire TPH family joins Naurato in congratulating these fine individuals on receiving this recognition. We encourage all of you to cast your vote on behalf of these TPH Trained athletes online at

* 96’ thunder alum also participated in Atlanta’s 8-Week Summer Training Program and SE Spring AAA
Prospects Program
* Currently leads the Maine Blackbears in scoring with 21 points in 22 games
* Currently tied for 23rd in conference scoring within Hockey East

* 93’ Thunder alum also participated in Huntsville’s 8-Week Summer Training Program, TPH Summer Camps, and SE Spring AAA Prospects Program
* Currently tied for 5th in the nation
with 16 goals
* Currently leads the WCHA in goal scoring (14) and tied for 6th in scoring with 19 points

* 96’ TPH Detroit alum who participated in the 8 Week Progression Program
* Currently in his junior season at the University of Michigan where he has tallied 9 goals, 22 assists and a team best 31 points through 22 games
* 2nd in overall points for the entire Big 10 conference
* Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 6th round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

* 94’ TPH Detroit alum who participated in the 8 Week Progression Program.
* Currently in his senior season at the University of Michigan where he leads his team with 15 goals and is second to fellow TPH Detroit alum Cooper Marody in overall points with 27.
* Tied for first in the Big 10 conference in goals.
* Captain of the 2017-2018 Wolverines.

Josh Wilkins Named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week

Josh Wilkins Named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week
Wilkins recorded both game-winning goals in the Friars’ two-game sweep over Maine last weekend.

March 12, 2018 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was announced on Monday (March 12) that Providence College sophomore forward Josh Wilkins was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week. Wilkins shared the honor with Northeastern’s Dylan Sikura.

The Raleigh, North Carolina native broke a 3-3 tie with 3:10 remaining in Providence’s 4-3 win over Maine in Game One of the Hockey East Quarterfinals on Friday night. On Saturday, Wilkins’ goal in the first period gave the Friars a 3-0 lead and was the eventual game-winner in a 3-2 Providence win to sweep the series.

Through 36 games in 2017-18, Wilkins has tallied a career-high 15 goals and has also added in 15 assists for his second-consecutive campaign of at least 30 points. Wilkins is tied for first in the Hockey East in game-winning goals (5) alongside Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette and tied for second nationally in that category.

The Friars will battle Northeastern in the Hockey East Semifinals on Friday night at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., seeking their first Hockey East Championship appearance since 2001. Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m. on NESN Plus and ESPN3.

For more updates on the Providence College men’s hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.

Kaliyev, McGroarty win OHL championship with Hamilton

The Hamilton Bulldogs are Ontario Hockey League champions, which means there are congratulations in order.

Total Package Hockey is proud to honor two members of the Bulldogs franchise on the team’s OHL championship, which was secured with a Game 6 victory Sunday evening.

Congratulations to Arthur Kaliyev, a TPH Center of Excellence alum and Bulldogs forward, and Jimmy McGroarty, CoE player development coach and Bulldogs U.S. scout.

Kaliyev, a rookie with the Bulldogs, recorded 11 points in 21 OHL playoff games during Hamilton’s run to the league championship. In the regular season, he posted 48 points in 68 games and was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in the process.

The Bulldogs now advance to the 2018 Memorial Cup – Canadian junior hockey’s most prestigious tournament – in Regina, Saskatchewan. The tournament takes place from May 18-27.

TPH’s Brandon Naurato named to The Athletic’s Top 40 Under 40 in hockey

Total Package Hockey is proud to announce that TPH partner and director of hockey Brandon Naurato has been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 in hockey by The Athletic.

Naurato founded the Detroit branch of TPH in 2012, spearheading the creation of Michigan Hockey Advancement, the summer 8 Week Progression Program and the Center of Excellence hockey academy.

This past summer, the Livonia, Mich., native and University of Michigan alum was hired by his hometown Detroit Red Wings as a player development consultant.

“This is an incredible honor for Nar when you look at the list of people, and he has certainly earned this recognition,” said TPH CEO Nathan Bowen. “He is a great example to all the players he works with – regardless of what level – of what hard work can generate. Effort and a relentless desire to improve daily creates opportunity, and there is no doubt in our mind at TPH that we will continue to see Brandon climb.

“He has a mind for the game that is elite. He has a gift, but not one that has been given to him, rather one that he has worked for and earned. He puts the time into the game, studying video, forming thoughts and ideas, and what is truly revolutionary is how he has figured out how to train players with what he has coined “relevant skills” which translates into greater probabilities of success in today’s game. I have witnessed it first hand, his ability to create and generate offense through skill development that feeds into team systems directly to produce greater rates of success.”

The Athletic article featuring Naurato can be seen here (it is behind a paywall). Writer Craig Custance says that Naurato, listed at No. 35, is “the perfect mix of video, analytics and former player who is experienced enough to navigate effectively in all three worlds.”

Naurato has played a significant role in the ever-growing number of #TPHTrained players reaching the highest levels of hockey. As director of hockey, he has overseen the training of an incredible amount of hockey players.


Total Package Hockey total numbers:

  • 54 Signed or Drafted NHL Players
  • 189 NCAA Division 1 Commitments
  • 91 NCAA Division 3 Commitments
  • 99 OHL Draft Picks
  • 150 USHL Draft Picks, 32 Tenders
  • 61 NAHL Draft Picks, 111 Tenders
  • 47 Players Competing For International Teams (NTDP, Hlinka-Gretzky, Junior Olympics, Etc.)


Naurato worked with the likes of Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets, JT Compher of the Colorado Avalanche, Andrew Copp of the Winnipeg Jets and Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens, and now he plays an active role in assisting both the Detroit Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins.

“(Naurato is) the most knowledgable guy I have ever met in hockey,” Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski told The Athletic’s Tom Reed. “I am starting to realize that more than ever.”

Stories about Naurato:

Brandon Naurato hired by Red Wings in player development role

Articles written by Naurato:

“What Brandon Naurato has built for TPH is being implemented across the board in all of our TPH Centers of Excellence and into our overall TPH player development curriculum for all of our #TPHTrained players,” Bowen said. “We are thankful to be able to share his knowledge and his passion with all of the players who come through TPH programs.”


About Total Package Hockey: Founded in 2001, it is TPH’s vision to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through the game of hockey. Through academics, mentorship and athletics, TPH prides itself on operating at a standard that exceeds expectations of student-athletes, families, coaches, advisors and all other entities of the hockey world. With platforms that include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, Total Package Hockey has assisted in the academic, athletic and hockey development of over 600 players who have advanced to junior, collegiate and professional hockey. Since inception, 45 #TPHTrained student-athletes have been selected in the NHL Draft, while 280 have committed to the NCAA level – 189 of which are Division I. In addition, 99 players have been selected in the OHL Priority Selection and 353 have signed tenders or been drafted in the USHL and NAHL. While TPH is proud of its student-athletes who have achieved success on-the ice, it is the process of developing young men and women as people, first and foremost, that our world-class team of coaches and mentors take the most amount of pride in. While it is our responsibility to prepare each individual for success on the ice, it is our mission to prepare each and every individual for success in the ultimate game – the game of life! To learn more about TPH, visit

Nine TPH players win International Silver Stick Finals bantam title

Total Package Hockey is proud to congratulate the nine #TPHTrained players and two coaches who won an International Silver Stick Finals championship in the bantam age group this past weekend with their Honeybaked ’04 team.

TPH’s Chazz Ursini, Dario Sacino, Lane Hutson, Rocco Stolz, PJ Forgione, Rutger McGroarty, Brandon Wolfenbarger, Hunter Brzustewicz and Samuel Haid all earned gold medals as Honeybaked beat the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in the Silver Stick championship game Sunday evening in Port Huron.


McGroarty was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after posting 17 goals and 15 assists in six games; he recorded six goals and two assists in the 8-2 victory in the final contest. Hutson joined him on the All-Tournament Team list, as well.

Two TPH coaches were behind the bench, as well – the Honeybaked squad is led by TPH Center of Excellence coach/mentors Jimmy McGroarty and Matt Larke.

Seventeen TPH Detroit CoE student-athletes win HPHL titles

Total Package Hockey is proud to congratulate the 17 Center of Excellence student-athletes in Detroit who won High Performance Hockey League playoff championships in their respective age groups this past weekend.

Congrats to the following players who helped their teams to titles at the Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester Sunday morning and/or afternoon:

16U – Compuware – Jack Stolicker, Jackson Truchan, Nicholas Sofikitis, Tyler Duke

14U – Honeybaked – Chazz Ursini, Dario Sacino, Lane Hutson, Rocco Stolz, PJ Forgione, Rutger McGroarty, Brandon Wolfenbarger, Hunter Brzustewicz, Samuel Haid, Nicholas Burke, Nathan Lewis

13U – Honeybaked – Connor Gengle

11U – Honeybaked – Henry Brzustewicz

For more on the HPHL playoffs, you can visit the HPHL official site.

TPH Academic Partner Ranked #1

Edmentum has taken first place on the Quality Matters Scoreboard with 127 QM-certified courses for 2019.

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edmentum, a global education leader and pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions, now holds the #1 spot on the Quality Matters Publisher Certification Scoreboard for highest number of courses holding a Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark, with 127 courses approved. In 2019 alone, 40 Edmentum courses were newly certified. Edmentum’s online courses, accessible through both Courseware and EdOptions Academy, provide solid, research-based curricula built from the ground up to align with state-specific academic standards and online learning best practices to empower student success.

Quality Matters (QM) utilizes its nationally recognized Rubric to measure the design efficacy and alignment of critical components in K–12 educational courses. The QM K–12 Publisher Rubric measures 39 different education Standards, with seven of those Standards considered “Essential.” Reviews are conducted by QM-Certified K–12 Course Reviewers—a course earns the QM Certification Mark once it meets QM Rubric Standards at the 85 percent threshold or better and meets all Essential Standards. Quality Matters has also reviewed each course for proficiency against the 52 iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses that have been utilized nationally. All 127 of Edmentum’s QM-certified courses are now listed in the QM directory of certified courses.

“We are very excited to be at the top of the Quality Matters Publisher Certification Scoreboard for the 2019–20 school year,” said Shane Dennison, state and federal programs manager at Edmentum. “We are committed to providing the highest-quality online courses, and it feels great to have that hard work recognized with these course certifications.”

The QM Certification Mark is the nationally recognized symbol of online and blended course-design quality, and it represents a research-based approach to creating learning environments that provide learners with a clear pathway to success. Seven U.S. states directly utilize the QM review process and findings for their K–12 course approvals, while several others indirectly utilize the QM K–12 Publisher Rubric.

About Edmentum

Edmentum, Inc., is committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student through simple technology, high-quality content, and actionable data. Founded in innovation, Edmentum’s powerful learning programs blend technology with individual teaching approaches. Edmentum is committed to being educators’ most trusted partner in creating successful student outcomes everywhere learning occurs. Edmentum solutions currently support educators and students in more than 40,000 schools nationwide. For more information, visit

About Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.

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Edmentum CEO Jamie Candee Ranked in Top 25 Education Software CEOs of 2019

The Software Report is delighted to announce The Top 25 Education Software CEOs of 2019. The following individuals represent excellence in the field of education technology and organizational leadership. Many of the awardees have demonstrated a deep commitment to the education and training sector and a passion for improving learning outcomes in local, global and corporate areas. Just as important, these CEOs are superb leaders who inspire their teams day in and day out and who can navigate the complex from executing market expansion strategies to undertaking multiple acquisition integrations.

Thank you to all those who submitted nominations on behalf of their CEO, your insights are invaluable in forming a clearer picture of an executive’s capabilities.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s awardees.

2. Jamie Candee, Edmentum

Before she was CEO, Jamie Candee had built her career step by step as she took on various roles in the Edmentum organization. In 2005, she started her career with the ed-tech company in their human resources department. From there, she moved on to serve as Director of Sales and Service Effectiveness, followed by VP of Product Development, and then SVP of Sales and Marketing before she became Chief Revenue Officer in 2012.

Candee took some time away from the ed-tech organization to step into her first chief executive officer role with Questar Assessment, a provider of educational assessment programs. During her three-year tenure as CEO, she led efforts to develop IT training and mentorship programs for Minnesota students through her partnerships within the business community. In 2017, she returned to Edmentum to serve as CEO of the online education provider.

Candee is well known for both her drive and passion for education technology. In a 2017 interview, she shared some of her early experiences with working her way to the top. “I was 21 and told my manager (I was in banking at the time) that I wanted to run a company as CEO. He told me I was aiming too high. From that moment, I crafted my plan and relentlessly focused on achieving that outcome. To run an education technology company as CEO is my absolute dream.”

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Taso Sofikitis (’96 BSBA, Marketing) Recipient: 2019 UAH Alumni of Achievement

Hard work and faithfully practicing the Golden Rule in business has allowed Taso Sofikitis, CEO and President of Maynards Group of Companies to achieve immeasurable success.

Maynards manages auctions/liqudations, asset valuation projects valued up to half a billion dollars as well as operates a Capital business that does asset-based lending from eleven offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and China. In addition, the Maynards Group owns and operates manufacturing companies both in the paper/containerboard sector as well as the oil and gas sector.

Sofikitis will be honored in October during the UAH Alumni of Achievement ceremony for his successful international business accomplishments and philanthropic work.

“It’s an honor to accept this award, it means a lot to me because it confirms that if you work hard, treat people right you can achieve success, it is both personally and professionally satisfying to be recognized,” said Sofikitis.

Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he attended UAH on an athletic scholarship. Sofikitis was a member of the team that won the Division II Hockey National Championship in 1996.

In addition to playing hockey, Sofikitis excelled in his academic studies at UAH. He has fond memories of his College of Business professors including Dr. Brent Wren and Dr. Jim Simpson.

“My favorite UAH experience was being part of the hockey team for four years, building relationships and friendships with my teammates Sheldon Wolitski, Mario Mazzuca, Wade Tulk, Brad Dame, Lance West, and others.

“UAH had a significant impact on my life and my business career, I learned how to manage my time, I learned what it took to work hard both in the classroom and in athletics,” said Sofikitis. “UAH helped me understand the importance of building relationships, and being part of a team…all things needed to be successful in the business world.”

He began his career at Maynards, in 1998, and has been an integral part in helping the company become a global leader. Sofikitis became the majority shareholder in the Maynards Group of Companies in 2012 and has managed countless sales projects around the globe equating to over a billion dollars in sales.

In 2018, Sofikitis and Sheldon Wolitski (’96 BSBA) generously donated funds for a full renovation of the UAH Spragins Hall weight room.

The two alums earned First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as seniors and played for the UAH Chargers under legendary head coach Doug Ross.

Sofikitis is a member of the Machinery Dealers Network Association, the Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers, and is a Certified Equipment Appraiser.

He has volunteered and generously donated funds to the Greek Evangelical Church, First United Methodist Church, Make a Wish Foundation ® America, Youth Hockey Programs (USA Hockey), and the UAH Hockey Program. Sofikitis is married to UAH alumna Carrie Hopper Sofikitis and the couple has three children, Nicholas (16), Evan (12) and Sophia (8).


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