The Shreveport Mudbugs, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Frankie Melton has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Ferris State University in the WCHA.
Melton, 20, is a true ladder of development success story. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, just completed his best career junior season with the Mudbugs in the NAHL. Melton (5’8/170) led the NAHL in goals this past season with 35 and overall, had 58 points to lead the expansion Mudbugs in scoring during the 2016-17 season.
For his efforts, Melton was named the NAHL’s South Division Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year. In addition, Melton was also named to the All-NAHL 1st Team. Melton was also selected to and played in the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, as he represented Shreveport on the South Division team.
“Frankie had an incredible year for us and was a player who improved each week. He played a key role in our success this season and is someone who knew how to take advantage of the opportunities given to him. He has poise with the puck and a scoring presence that made him difficult to play against. He worked very hard to get to this point and is a great example of the developmental process. We are very proud of Frankie and wish him luck at Ferris State,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.
In the two seasons prior to this year, Melton played in the NA3HL for the St. Louis Jr. Blues. In both instances, Melton began the season in the NA3HL with the Jr. Blues and would later advance to the NAHL.
Melton made his junior hockey debut with the Jr. Blues during the 2014-15 season. He recorded 25 points in 20 games and would earn a call up to the Corpus Christi IceRays in the NAHL, where he played in 24 games and recorded 8 points.
During the 2015-16 season, Melton was on fire for the Jr. Blues, recording 55 points in just 32 games before being called up to the NAHL once again to play for the Bismarck Bobcats, where he had 5 points in 16 games played.
Melton played in 97 career NAHL games and had 71 points, while in the NA3HL, he played in 52 career games (all with St. Louis) and had 80 points.