Nationals sign California native Balian, a player who is 'going to bring excitement to the fans'

by Matt Mackinder

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Nationals have announced the signing of forward Nareg Balian. 

Balian, a native of Tustin, Calif., is a 2002 birth year and comes to the Nationals fresh off a USHL camp with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

"Nareg has shown an incredible work ethic to excel at the junior level and will continue to grow as a player and person," stated Nationals GM Jake MacNeil.

Q & A with Balian, courtesy

Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: For the season, my main goal is to bring a championship to NOTL. I always thought it would be cool to win back-to-back titles in different leagues. My second goal for the season is to be Rookie of the Year.

Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: In the near future, I want to play Major Junior or in the USHL and after that, hopefully get some NHL interest. For the long term, I want to grow the sport and be an icon.

Q: What attracted you to NOTL?
A: I had received a few offers for juniors, but I chose NOTL because I want to be a part of something that starts so I push the culture and not let it push me.

Q: What type of player can the fans expect from you?
A: For the fans, I am going to be an icon. The type of guy that handles himself professionally everywhere he goes no matter what is going on in his life. I'm going to bring excitement to the fans on and off the ice.