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Players of the Month

February

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Cullen Ferguson - Aberdeen Wings

Cullen Ferguson

Aberdeen Wings defenseman and Union College commit Cullen Ferguson, 20, settled into his new role with the Wings in February. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Billbrook, ON, played in seven games during the month and posted eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) and was also a +7. Two of Ferguson’s three goals during the month were game-winners for the Wings, who lead the NAHL with a 29-1-1 record. He also had two multi-point games and recorded at least a point in seven of the eight games played in Feburary. Since joining the Wings in January, Ferguson has nine points in 12 games played. “Cullen has been a tremendous addition. He competes every shift of every game. When he arrived, Cullen was an instant leader from the time he walked in our locker room. His consistent play adds a great amount of depth to our blue line,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

“I am really happy with the way the team has played. There is a lot of great players and chemistry in the lockerroom, so I am excited for the remainder of the season and the playoffs. The NAHL has a great brand of hockey and there is a lot of talent. The style of play in the league is aggressive and based on taking away time and space, so I have had to adapt to that, and it really puts the focus on being solid as a team at both ends of the ice,” said Ferguson. “My goals haven’t changed much since making my NCAA commitment. I’m here to win a National Championship with the Wings. I want to put personal accolades aside. All I care about right now is getting better and helping the team win and be successful.”

Runner-Up: Luke Gramer, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nolan Barrett, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Mitchell Digby, Lone Star Brahmas – Grant Docter, Minnesota Wilderness – Karl Falk, Minnesota Magicians – Marcus Frantz, Wichita Falls Warriors – Andrew Garby, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Greg Japchen, Amarillo Bulls – Brendan Kim, St. Cloud Norsemen – Travis Shoudy, Austin Bruins - Casper Soderling, Maine Nordiques

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Josh Seeley - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Josh Seeley

Danbury goaltender Josh Seeley, 19, put up some impressive numbers in February and definitely faced his fair share of shots. The 6’4/200 lbs. native of Trenton, MI, appeared in seven games during the month, totaling 403 minutes and posted a 4-1-1 record. Seeley faced a total of 235 shots and allowed just 12 goals, making 222 saves, which was good for a .945 save percentage and a 1.94 goals against average in February. He faced over 33 shots per game during the month and only gave up more than two goals just once. His .931 save percentage currently is tied for 2nd among all NAHL goaltenders. “Since Day 1 at training camp, Josh has been fantastic for our club. He is 100% committed to improving his game and has really found his stride this month, as his numbers speak for themselves. One thing that doesn’t go unnoticed in our room is the fact that Josh is dedicated to being the best teammate he can possibly be. His character, on and off the ice, provides our team with leadership and the confidence to know that when we do break down, the guy behind us will always have our backs,” said Matt Voity, Jr. Hat Tricks Goalie Coach.

“It was nice to get back to playing hockey and February felt about as normal as it has been all year. This season has been a great experience and I thank God and am blessed to be playing in the NAHL this season in Danbury,” said Seeley. “I like games that do have a lot of shots because it allows me to stay dialed in. The guys have played really well in front of me, so I consider this more of a team award than anything. For the rest of this season, I think I can keep working hard to take my game to another level and try and help Danbury win a Robertson Cup. I have been through some adversity and they took a chance of me, so I would like to reward our fans and my teammates. After playing junior hockey, I would like to play NCAA Division I hockey and hopefully play professional hockey.”

Runner-Up: Jake Sibell, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, Wichita Falls Warriors – Andy Beran, Minnesota Magicians - Guy Blessing, Lone Star Brahmas – Sam Evola, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kayden Hargraves, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kaleb Johnson, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyriq Outen, Maine Nordiques – Arseni Sergeyev, Shreveport Mudbugs – Christian Stoever, New Jersey Titans – Andrew Takacs, Amarillo Bulls

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Brett Chorske - St. Cloud Norsemen

Brett Chorske

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Brett Chorske, 19, had quite the month of February and his results are quickly earning him the moniker of ‘Mr. Clutch.’ The 6’6/195 lbs. native of Edina, MN, posted 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and was a +2 in 10 games during February. Of the five goals that Chorske scored during the month of February, three of those were game-winners and all three of those game-winners came in overtime. Chorske had at least a point in eight of the 10 games played during the month and on February 10th he made his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey for Colorado College. Chorske currently leads the Norsemen in scoring this season with 15 points in 22 games. “Brett has obviously been a big part of our offense. I believe his recent NCAA Division I commitment to Colorado College has helped him relax and play a more confident game, and that showed this past month,” said St. Cloud head coach Corey Millen.

“I’m fortunate to be in the situation that is close to home and I am very comfortable in. I think in regard to the overtime winners last month, I am happy to be on the ice and trying to make a difference. It is all about time and space and trying to get open for a chance on goal. I finally feel like there is some chemistry with our team. When the whole group is going and playing well, you definitely find individual success, which is what happened in February,” said Chorske. “Once I made the commitment decision last month to Colorado College it lifted some stress, and I was able to settle in and play my game. Right now, we are just trying to gain some momentum, win as many games as we can, and make the playoffs. I’m excited to play NCAA hockey next season, get an education, try and win an NCAA title. After that would like to play hockey professionally.”

Runner-Up: Ryan Taylor, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew DeCarlo, Lone Star Brahmas – Braiden Dorfman, Shreveport Mudbugs - Isaiah Fox, Maine Nordiques – Peter Jacobs, Austin Bruins - Luc Laylin, Minnesota Magicians – Cade Lemmer, Wichita Falls Warriors – Bret Link, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Will Margel, Johnstown Tomahawks - Payton Matsui, Aberdeen Wings – Shane Murphy, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jack Musa, Odessa Jackalopes – Charlie Schoen, Janesville Jets – Jack Suede, New Jersey Titans – Jere Vaisanen, Amarillo Bulls – Ethan Wolthers, Minnesota Wilderness

 
January

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Jake Sibell - Aberdeen Wings

Jake Sibell

For the second straight month, Aberdeen Wings goalie Jake Sibell, 21, was named the NAHL’s Goalie of the Month as he continued his march towards a record-breaking season. The 6’2/206 lbs. native of Isanti, MN, posted a perfect 7-0 record in seven starts and allowed just two goals during the month. Sibell faced a total of 194 shots in 419 minutes of action and made 191 saves, while also posting four shutouts during the month of January. So far during the 2020-21 season, Sibell is currently the top goalie in the NAHL with a 1.01 goals against average and a .960 save percentage to go along with a perfect 19-0-0 record for the first place Wings. Recently, Sibell announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey for Niagara University next season. During the 2016-17 season, he played in the NAPHL for the Omaha AAA 16U team. “Jake was once again the backbone of this team in the month of January. He continues to do big things and allows us to lean on him in moments when we need him most. He is an incredible teammate on and off the ice, and an incredible asset to the Wings,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

“I was thrilled to earn an NCAA Division I commitment, but it doesn’t change anything about what I am trying to do and accomplish this season. I want to keep improving and keep helping my team win hockey games. When this season is over, maybe I will have some time to think more about it, but for right now it is about getting better every day, every practice and every game and putting in the work to be successful,” said Sibell. “I think the numbers I’ve been able to put up to date have been additional motivation for me to keep playing well for my teammates but come game day I try and block out all the noise and just focus on winning games.”

Runner-Up: Andrew Takacs, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, Wichita Falls Warriors – Andy Beran, Minnesota Magicians - Guy Blessing, Lone Star Brahmas – Sam Evola, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luke Pavicich, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ian Shane, Bismarck Bobcats - Jacob Zacharewicz, Minnesota Wilderness

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Jay Ahearn - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jay Ahearn

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Jay Ahearn, 19, helped his club move into 1st place in the East Division during the month of January. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Staten Island, NY, put up 15 points (11 goals, 4 assists) in just eight games played during the month of January, which also included a +11 rating. Ahearn not only leads the Tomahawks in scoring with 34 points, but he is first in the NAHL with 17 goals and 2nd overall in league scoring. “Jay had an incredible month of January for us, leading to much needed team success. He had an impact on every game it seemed and delivered in many ways. His ability to show up at big times was great for us. Jay delivered at even strength, power play, and short-handed this month. I couldn’t be prouder of his growth as a player this year and he is truly deserving of this honor as Forward of the Month,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

“The team has really bonded and gotten a lot closer as the season has gone on and we have stuck to playing the way we want to play. This is a very unique season, and we have a new appreciation for being around the rink and to be playing hockey. Everyone is doing their part to ensure we have team success first,” said Ahearn. “I just want to help our team win a division title and hopefully win a Robertson Cup. After that, I would love the opportunity to continue my career by playing NCAA Division I hockey.”

Runner-Up: Payton Matsui, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew DeCarlo, Lone Star Brahmas – Jake Hale, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Helgeson, Kenai River Brown Bears – Devlin McCabe, Minnesota Magicians – Harrison Scott, Amarillo Bulls – Ryan Taylor, Bismarck Bobcats - Thomas Weis, Wichita Falls Warriors – Evan Werner, New Jersey Titans – Hunter Young, Minnesota Wilderness

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Vincent Corcoran - Wichita Falls Warriors

Vincent Corcoran

Wichita Falls Warriors defenseman Vincent Corcoran, 19, played a big role in helping his club have success during the month of January. The 5’8/160 lbs. native of Plainfield, IL, was solid at both ends of the ice putting up nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) and a +9 rating in 11 games during the month. Corcoran is currently 3rd in scoring this season among all NAHL defensemen with 16 points in 23 games played. “Vinnie has been steady and reliable for us all season. He brings poise and confidence with the puck that allows him to minimize pressure and reduce those long stretches in the defensive zone. Vinnie’s shutdown defensive ability and his offensive production this past month has helped lead the way for our group. He deserves to be recognized as one of the league’s best defenseman with the effort, compete and professional demeanor he brings on a daily basis,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

“I think most of our success has come when we buy into and play by the system that Coach Roth has established. When everyone is working hard and doing what they are supposed to do, we are a successful team, and that’s what has happened recently in order for us to win hockey games. We have great support here in Wichita Falls and it’s been fun to play here this year,” said Corcoran. “I want to keep working hard and develop to the point where I could earn an NCAA commitment and then help this team make the playoffs and hopefully advance far to the point where we can play for a Robertson Cup title.”

Runner-Up: Mitchell Digby, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Thomas Bergsland, Bismarck Bobcats - Grant Docter, Minnesota Wilderness – Andrew Garby, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Greg Japchen, Amarillo Bulls – Ryan Poorman, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jakob Stender, Aberdeen Wings – Adam Szubert, Kenai River Brown Bears – Hunter Weiss, Minnesota Magicians

 
December

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Jake Sibell - Aberdeen Wings

Jake Sibell

Aberdeen Wings goalie Jake Sibell, 21, is having a season for the ages and that continued in the month of December. The 6’2/206 lbs. native of Isanti, MN, posted a perfect 3-0 record in three starts and allowed just two goals during the month. Sibell faced a total of 103 shots in 233 minutes of action and made 101 saves, while also posting two shutouts during the month of December. So far during the 2020-21 season, Sibell is currently the top goalie in the NAHL with a 1.28 goals against average and a .950 save percentage to go along with a perfect 14-0-0 record for the first place Wings. “Jake has given us the ability to win in each of his starts to date. He is an extremely competitive player, both in practice and in games. This mentality helps drive him to be on top. Jake’s turned himself into a special player through perseverance and hard work,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

“I think my success along with the team’s success so far this season comes from having an older team with a lot of veterans who understand how to play and navigate junior hockey. We have a great team defense that can shut opponents down and also a lot of guys that know how to score and create offense, so it really makes my job easier. I want to keep improving and help my team keep winning, but the next goal of mine is to get a degree and play in the NCAA. I love the game and want to keep playing as long as I can,” said Sibell. “As for my time in the NAPHL prior to the NAHL, it was fantastic for exposure. I played on a really good team with a lot of prospects. All the events the NAPHL put on are great fun and you can see the scouts in the stands, so there is some pressure there for the first time, but it is good because it prepares you for the next level.”

Runner-Up: Cameron Korpi, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, Wichita Falls Warriors – Graham Burke, Lone Star Brahmas – Sam Evola, Johnstown Tomahawks – Connor Hasley, Odessa Jackalopes – Tyriq Outen, Maine Nordiques

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: John Gelatt - Johnstown Tomahawks

John Gelatt

Despite playing in four games during the month of December, Johnstown Tomhawks forward John Gelatt, 19, made an impact in each one of them to help the Tomahawks to the top of the East Division. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Middletown, NJ, had nine points in four gamed during the month, which included seven goals and two assists. He also added two game-winning goals during the month and had two multi-point games. His 24 points current leads the Tomahawks in scoring this season and is 4th in the NAHL. “We had a short month of games in December, but it didn't stop John from continuing what he has done since Day 1 being a huge part of our team. He just always finds a way to impact the game in so many ways. He knows how to score, knows how to make plays around him, and is very responsible without the puck. For a first-year junior player he has been outstanding for us and I can't wait to see how much more he can do,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

“It’s been really helpful to play with guys that I am familiar with. Me and my linemates, Brendan Clark and Jay Ahearn, have been instrumental in our success and there a lot of chemistry there from having played together the year before. In addition, both my brothers played in the NAHL, so they gave me some good advice and gave me an idea of what it would be like. The big thing for me was to play with confidence,” said Gelatt. “I want to play NCAA Division I hockey and get to the next level and I also want to bring the Robertson Cup to Johnstown. We have great and passionate fans and I think it would be great for the community.”

Runner-Up: Andrew DeCarlo, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): William Lawson-Body, Wichita Falls Warriors – Cade Neilson, Aberdeen Wings – Stephen Owens, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Taylor, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Mitchell Digby - Lone Star Brahmas

Mitchell Digby

Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Mitchell Digby, 20, helped his club maintain their lead atop the South Division in December. The Air Force recruit and 5’10/185 lbs. native of Ottawa Lake, MI, had six points in eight games during the month of December, which included a goal, five assists and a +2 rating. Digby’s 11 points so far during the 2020-21 season ranks tied for 3rd among all NAHL defensemen. “Mitchell has taken his game to a totally new level this season. He is a very responsible player at both ends of the ice. I think he understands that his unique offensive ability only works if he is responsible defensively, and that has definitely been the case this season thus far,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

“There is definitely is a feeling of unfinished business from last year. I think all of us who were a part of the team last year feel like we could have won a Robertson Cup, so that is a big motivator this season. I think when we buy into the system and play the right way, we have a lot of success. It is a little different this season, because we have some younger guys, but hopefully we can continue to improve,” said Digby. “I think it is important for me to continue to work with and listen to Dan Wildfong and the rest of our coaching staff on how to become a better player so when I get to Air Force next season, I am prepared and can make an immediate impact at the next level. I want to fine tune all the details the rest of the season so I can be at my best when I begin my NCAA career.”

Runner-Up: Caden Lewandowski, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, Wichita Falls Warriors – Evan Orr, Odessa Jackalopes – Trevor Russell, Aberdeen Wings – Cooper Swift, Maine Nordiques

 
November

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Cam Gaudette - Maryland Black Bears

Cam Gaudette

Maryland Black Bears defenseman and Northeastern University commit Cam Gaudette, 20, helped his club to 1st place in the East Division standings with a solid month of November. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Braintree, MA, played in six games during the month of November and recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and had a +3 rating. That included recording a point in five of his six games during the month. He enters the month of December riding a four-game point streak. “Cam has been a very nice addition to our program. He has an enthusiasm for the game of hockey and is extremely popular amongst his teammates. He is a highly talented defenseman, who continues to work on, and improve upon, the things we have asked of him. He is a pleasure to coach and it's nice to see him rewarded for his stellar play as of late,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

“I think November was success for me because the bottom line I just have great teammates and we continued to get better each day. I think having skilled and hardworking teammates around you make things a lot easier,” said Gaudette. “I’m using this season to further develop my game on both sides of the puck so hopefully I can make an impact in the NCAA with Northeastern next season.”

Runner-Up: Chris Hedden, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nico DeVita, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Murray, Lone Star Brahmas – Sam Olson, Minnesota Wilderness – Evan Orr, Odessa Jackalopes – Adam Szubert, Kenai River Brown Bears – Alexander Tertyshny, Northeast Generals – Mac Wiseman, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Cole Hudson - Shreveport Mudbugs

Cole Hudson

Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Cole Hudson, 20, had quite the NAHL debut in November. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Tonawanda, NY, appeared in five games during the month of November and posted a 4-0-1 record. In those five games, Hudson faced a total of 126 shots and allowed just seven goals, making 119 saves, which was good for a .944 save percentage and a 1.40 goals against average. He also posted his first NAHL shutout, which was a 26-save performance in a 6-0 win over New Mexico on November 20th. “Cole has been a welcomed addition since meeting us on the road early in the season. Cole brings a calmness to every game he plays.  His competitive nature in practice and among our other goalies and players make him very well prepared for every game,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

“We have a really solid group of guys that all work really hard, so it helps me know they are in front of me batting and doing whatever they can to help the team succeed. There is a great sense of togetherness with our team and we are all brothers in that lockerroom, so hopefully we can keep our good start going and not slow down anytime soon,” said Hudson. “First and foremost, I want to bring a Robertson Cup back to Shreveport. I also want to play a high level of NCAA hockey and I believe I am starting to prove I can do that. I also want to make sure I get a good education because that is very important for my future as well.”

Runner-Up: Luke Pavicich, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Graham Burke, Lone Star Brahmas – Hugo Haas, Northeast Generals – Connor Hasley, Odessa Jackalopes – Kaleb Johnson, Minnesota Wilderness – Owen Millward, Janesville Jets – Michael Morelli, Maryland Black Bears – Jake Sibell, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Ullan, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Cade Destefani - Janesville Jets

Cade Destefani

Janesville Jets forward Cade Destefani, 19, had a torrid month of November, helping the Jets get off to a 4-1-1 start. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Bedford, NH, posted 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in just six games during the month. Destefani was twice named the Midwest Division Star of the Week during the month, which included four multi-point games. Destefani was also a +7 during the month without a minus rating in any of his six games. “Cade has been terrific for us during our first half. He has been a reliable offensive catalyst who can change any game with his shot and offensive instincts. We have dealt with some pretty significant injuries to our forward group, so it has been pretty remarkable to see Cade be as consistent as he has been, all while playing with multiple different line combinations. Cade is earning a lot of well-deserved collegiate attention and will be a great addition to a NCAA Division 1 program. Cade would also be the first to mention that his teammates are huge reason for his success this season. We are proud of Cades accomplishment this month,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

“The coaching staff did a really good job from the start of the season getting us prepared to play and making sure that we were focused on taking things one game at a time. We wanted to have a good start to the season. I think the fact that my linemates and I gelled right from the start of the season, really was a big contributor to the success we had,” said Destefani. “I would like to just keep working hard, listen to my coaches, and developing my game to improve every day. I think like everyone, I am hopeful that leads to a NCAA Division 1 opportunity and hopefully make a good run at the Robertson Cup.”

Runner-Up: Clayton Cosentino, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fletcher Anderson, Odessa Jackalopes – Austin Brimmer, Shreveport Mudbugs – Andrew DeCarlo, Lone Star Brahmas – Jake Herter, Minnesota Wilderness – Levente Keresztes, New Jersey Titans – Liam McCanney, Northeast Generals – Brandon McNamara, Kenai River Brown Bears – Hunter McCoy, Maryland Black Bears – Drew Vieten, Wichita Falls Warriors

 
October

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: James Philpott - Maine Nordiques

James Philpott

Maine Nordiques defenseman James Philpott, 20, shined in October as he valted himself to the top of the NAHL in scoring for defensemen. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Calgary, Alberta, recorded eight points in nine games during the month as the Nordiques put together a 7-2-0 record, which is current good for 1st place in the East Division. That included two goals, six assists and recording at least a point in seven of the nine games. “James is young man we couldn’t be happier is a Nordique. As a 1st round draft pick we had high aspirations for him headed into the season and he has done more than deliver, both as a player and person. We believe he is a defenseman who transcends what is expected of his position at the junior level. His contributions on the offensive side of the ice as well as defensively, his ability to shut down a rush or jump into dangerous attacking position, and ultimately his hockey IQ, leadership and compete level make him a very attractive prospect not only for NCAA Division 1 college hockey, but also at professional level as well. The Maine Nordiques are thrilled with his selection as defensemen of the month and look forward to him selecting his Division 1 school in the coming weeks as well,” said Maine head coach Nolan Howe.

“We had a really good couple of weeks of practice leading up to the start of the season and I think that played a big part in our good start as a team. I got adjusted right away to the league and new team and the style of play our coaches have created fits my game well,” said Philpott. “I would love to keep working hard and improving to earn a NCAA Division 1 scholarship and help our team to the top spot in the East Division and try and win a Championship.”

Runner-Up: Nico DeVita, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Caden Lewandowski, Johnstown Tomahawks – Bobby Metz, Northeast Generals – Malcolm Palmer, Lone Star Brahmas – Dane Stoyanoff, Minnesota Wilderness

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Keenan Rancier - Minot Minotauros

Keenan Rancier

Minot Minotauros goalie Keenan Rancier, 20, had an impressive NAHL debut during the month of October. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Victoria, British Columbia, posted a 4-0-1 in five games during the month, which included a 1.57 goals against average and a .960 save percentage as he stopped 192 of a possible 200 shots during the month. That included Star of the Week honors in the Central Division on October 12th, which included his first NAHL shutout. “Keenan has been a consummate professional since his arrival in Minot. From day one, he has come to the rink prepared and ready to get better every single day. He is incredibly technical in his approach, he competes as hard as any goaltender I have worked with in my time, and above all else - he is a fantastic teammate, that pushes those around him- every time he is on the ice. He sets the standard day in and day out for our hockey club. Above all else, he is a great young man, and we are fortunate to have someone with Keenan’s character here within our organization,” said Minotauros assistant coach Wyatt Waselenchuk.

“I think after we worked some things out after the exhibition games, we really got off to a good start and part of that was making sure I was doing everything I could to stop the puck and help the team win. I think it took us a few weeks to click, but once we did, we did a good job of continuing that momentum during the month,” said Rancier. “My goal is to play NCAA Division 1 hockey next year. I know the NAHL is the League of Opportunity and that’s why I am here. I think I also want to help our team bring a Robertson Cup to Minot for our fans.”

Runner-Up: Jake Sibell, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Graham Burke, Lone Star Brahmas – Sam Evola, Johnstown Tomahawks – Hugo Haas, Northeast Generals – Atticus Kelly, Minnesota Wilderness – Edvard Nordlund, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Tyriq Outen, Maine Nordiques – Owen Parker, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Joseph Harguindeguy - Minot Minotauros

Joseph Harguindeguy

Minot Minotauros veteran forward Joseph Harguindeguy, 19, had a solid and consistent month of October. The 5’8/173 lbs. native of La Habra, California, helped his team to a 4-0-2 record during the month with nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in six games played. That included recording at least a point in all six games, two multi-point games and one game-winning goal. This is Harguindeguy’s third season in the NAHL. In 95 career regular season games, he has recorded 41 career points. “I couldn’t be any happier for Joseph. The kid has put in his time and is being rewarded on the score sheet. Coming to the season we lost a lot of scoring up front and he took the opportunity and ran with it. He plays in every situation and I’m sure some school will land one hell of player,” said Minot head coach Shane Wagner.

“I felt like after the first weekend, I felt pretty good about myself and my game. I think everyone came together really well and we felt like we had a very good team with good chemistry to start the season,” said Harguindeguy. “I think this year I want to lead by example and be the guy that my teammates can look to for production and leadership. I think the ultimate goal remains to win a Robertson Cup.”

Runner-Up: Isaiah Fox, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitch Allard, Minnesota Wilderness – Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings – John Gelatt, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cody Hoban, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Liam McCanney, Northeast Generals – Nicholas Niemo, Lone Star Brahmas – Spencer Rudrud, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 
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