NAHL announces Bauer Hockey Stars of the Week | North American Hockey League

September 19, 2022

NAHL announces Bauer Hockey Stars of the Week | North American Hockey League

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) lately introduced the Divisional Stars of the Week introduced by way of Bauer Hockey for the week finishing September 18, 2022.  The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly characteristic right through the 2022-23 season that honors the most sensible acting avid gamers in every of the 4 NAHL divisions. Only avid gamers which might be nominated by way of their respective groups are regarded as for the Divisional Players of the Week award.


Central Division Star of the Week: Erik Chaffe, Goaltender, North Iowa Bulls

North Iowa Bulls goalie Erik Chaffe, 19, made a gigantic remark in his first two occupation NAHL video games. The 6’1/170 lbs. local of Marion, IA, posted two shutouts at the NAHL Showcase, as the Bulls went 3-1, permitting simply 3 objectives in the 4 video games. In his first occupation NAHL get started, Chaffe, who performed for the NA3HL’s Mason City Toros ultimate season, stopped all 19 pictures that got here his method in a 5-0 win over Wisconsin. Two days later, he stopped all 23 pictures in a 4-0 win over Odessa. In overall, Chaffe stopped all 42 pictures that got here his method. “Erik had an impressive debut to his NAHL season, and we appreciate the effort giving us back-to-back shutouts. He’s calm and collected between the pipes which creates a calmness around him. As a top goalie in the NA3HL last year for the Toros we are excited to see the ladder of development working,” stated Bulls head trainer Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Ethan Robertson, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jimmy Goffredo, D, Austin BruinsColby Joseph, F, Minot Minotauros – Will Lagemann, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Justin Mexico, F, North Iowa Bulls – Nick O’Hanisain, D, Minot Minotauros – Kade Peterson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Geno Pichora, G, Aberdeen Wings


East Division Star of the Week: Gabriel Westling, Forward, Maryland Black Bears

The Maryland Black Bears put in combination a 3-1 report at the NAHL Showcase and had been led by way of 18-year-old ahead Gabriel Westling. The 6’4/195 lbs. local of Mora, Sweden, submit six issues in the 4 video games at the Showcase. After going scoreless in the opener, he posted the game-winning objective and had an lend a hand in a 5-1 win over El Paso. The subsequent day, he had some other game-winning objective and two assists in a 4-1 win over Aberdeen. On the ultimate day, he had an lend a hand in a 5-2 win over New Mexico. For the season, Westling has seven issues in six video games performed. “Gabriel decided to come to the USA, and specifically Maryland to gain some exposure. His goal is to play NCAA hockey, and based on his performance at the Showcase, is well on his way. He is a very talented player with a bright future in this sport,” stated Black Bears head trainer Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Thomas Heaney, G, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jakub Krbecek, G, Philadelphia Rebels – Connor McDonough, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Patrick Schmeidlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Luka Sukovic, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Gunnar VanDamme, D, Maryland Black Bears


Midwest Division Star of the Week: Joe Kelly, Forward, Chippewa Steel

Chippewa Steel ahead Joe Kelly, 19, were given he and his crew off to a excellent get started at the NAHL Showcase. The 5’10/170 lbs. local of Eau Claire, WI, submit 5 issues as the Steel posted a 3-1 report at the tournament. In the first sport, Kelly made a dash with two objectives and an lend a hand in a 6-1 win over Johnstown. The subsequent day, he had some other objective in a 3-0 win over Corpus Christi. On Friday, Kelly scored once more in a 5-1 win over the Northeast Generals. “Joe had an outstanding showcase. He showed his ability to not only produce offensively, but also his commitment to playing the right way. Joe had an excellent summer and it’s terrific to see him get off to a great start. We are super excited to see him continue to develop and play well this season,” stated Steel head trainer Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Kevin Marx Noren, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Brown, D, Janesville Jets – Jake Cameron, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Friedman, F, Janesville Jets – Tyler Herzberg, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bryant Marks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel – Isak Posch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Hayden Walters, F, Kenai River Brown Bears


South Division Star of the Week: Hunter Jones, Forward, Oklahoma Warriors

After the NAHL Showcase, Oklahoma Warriors ahead Hunter Jones, leads the NAHL in scoring with 10 issues in 4 video games. The 5’10/188 lbs. local of Andover, MN, submit 4 objectives and 6 assists in Blaine as the Warriors went 4-0. In Game 1, Jones used to be a power with two objectives, together with the game-winner and 3 assists in a 7-3 win over Minot. The subsequent day, he had two assists in a 7-2 win over Bismarck. On Friday, he had two extra objectives in a 4-1 win over Maine, after which on Saturday, he had an lend a hand in a 3-1 win over Northeast. “Hunter is one of the leaders of our group and we knew it was important to get a good start to the season. He led by example with his relentless puck pursuit and compete level. His line helped lead our offense and he showed his poise and ability to make plays on a big stage. We couldn’t be happier for Hunter with the start he had knowing that he has been on the verge of being a big-time impact player. His work ethic and commitment to team success was certainly displayed these past 4 games and we’re excited about what the future holds for Hunter,” stated Warriors head trainer Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Rihards Simanovics, D, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carter Clafton, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Jaden Goldie, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – William Lawson-Body, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Alfred Lindberg, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves


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