Players of the Month
Defenseman of the Month
Defenseman of the Month: Cam Gaudette - Maryland Black Bears
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
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
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
Defenseman of the Month
Defenseman of the Month: James Philpott - Maine Nordiques
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
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
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