This is the story of how the NHL’s premier high school hockey league came together in the spring of 2012.
For the last few years, the Pioneers had been a perennial powerhouse in the Mid-American Hockey League, finishing the regular season in the top five of the standings three times and going on to win the league championship in 2014.
However, last season the Pioneer roster was in flux after a number of key players departed for professional hockey.
While the team finished with a .948 winning percentage, the team was struggling to score goals and had to rely on a number in goal.
The team was also a very young team, with players just entering their early 20s.
The Pioneers roster also included a number players that would go on to play for the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres, making them one of the youngest professional teams in the history of the NHL.
The players that the Pioneering had to bring in to bolster their roster included veteran forward Mike Smith and two young, talented players.
While Smith was an established name in the NHL and a top draft pick, he was coming off of a career-high with 29 goals in 2015-16.
Smith was also coming off a season in which he had just one goal and six points in 33 games.
He was also just 26 years old, and his contract was up at the end of the season.
To fill the void, Smith was brought in.
Smith’s first NHL season ended in disappointment.
After finishing with just six points, Smith signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
After that season, Smith went to the Washington Capitals, where he finished with two goals and four points in 28 games.
With a new team, Smith looked to make the jump to the NHL after one season with the Washington Wizards.
Smith returned to the Comets in 2018-19 and had a great rookie season.
He had a goal and eight points in just 29 games.
In 2018-07, Smith played in just seven games with the Capitals.
Smith scored his first goal of the career in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 4, 2019.
His second goal of that game was his second goal in the last seven games of the year.
In 2019-20, Smith had two goals, six points and a plus-one rating in 29 games for the Comet.
The Comets next two seasons were not so great, but they did manage to finish with a winning record and a third-place finish in the Metropolitan Division.
However the next two years were not as smooth.
The 2017-18 Comets were coming off the worst season in franchise history.
The franchise went on a run that ended with them finishing with a record of 32-33-13 and finishing dead last in the Metro Division.
They were also the only team in the league to have one player leave for the Vancouver Canucks.
In the summer of 2020, the Cometes roster was filled with two young talents in Zach Parise and Matt Duchene.
The first of these players, Parise, would be coming off his first NHL year with the Comet, where the forward finished with 19 goals and 36 points in 67 games.
Parise would play in 82 games, finishing with 31 goals and 58 points.
The second player, Duchene, was coming to the team in 2020-21.
Duchene was coming out of the University of Wisconsin and was coming into his own as a prospect.
Duchena would go over the course of his first two seasons with the team, scoring 13 goals and 31 points in 62 games.
Duches team record with Duchene and Parise was 24-12-6, which was tied for third best in the team’s history.
In 2021-22, the year Duchene joined the Comet and Paris the team went on another run, finishing at 28-22-8.
The season was an absolute success, with the franchise recording an overall record of 51-22 and finishing fifth in the Central Division.
The next year, Parisi and Duchene were brought back into the lineup and would both make the NHL roster after a strong rookie campaign.
In 2022-23, the season saw Parisi return to the lineup, and Duces return to his old spot.
Both of these additions were major contributors to the success of the Comet’s team.
The 2019-22 season saw the Comet make it to the playoffs, but were knocked out in the first round by the Ottawa Sens.
In terms of talent, the NHL was looking to bring back a number back to the league.
To that end, the league decided to give the NHL a look at two of the most accomplished players in their history.
One was former NHLer and Hall of Famer, Peter Forsberg.
The other was former teammate and former coach, Mike Babcock.
Both players were available for the NHL draft, but the NHL wanted to know what Forsberg would bring to