Players of the Month
Goalie of the Month: Gavin Moffatt - Wisconsin Windigo
Wisconsin Windigo goalie Gavin Moffatt, 18, was lights out and nearly perfect in the month of November as his team climbed the standings in the Midwest Division. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Darien, CT, started a won all four games during the month, allowing just a single goal during the month, stopping 147 of 148 shots in the process, and posted three shutouts. Moffatt was named the Midwest Division Star of the Week in back-to-back weeks and is currently riding a shutout streak of 238+ minutes. For the season, Moffatt has a 5-3-0 record with a 1.73 goals against average and a .948 save percentage. “Gavin was awesome for us this November and was a big part of our good month as a team. He is incredibly calm for a younger goalie, and nothing seems to faze him. He has a great attitude every day, and I look forward to watching him continue to develop and grow,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.
“Our team success this month has come from our trust in each other. The coaches and older players stress this and as the season has gone on, we’ve become closer and closer as a group. Everybody has confidence in their teammates and knows that they can rely on them. This has allowed us to take a big leap as a team this month and find success,” said Moffatt. “My short-term goal is to help the team make playoffs and potentially win the Robertson Cup. My longer-term goals are to play NCAA hockey and hopefully play at a professional level.”
Runner-Up: Ethan Robertson, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patriks Berzins, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Carter Clafton, Amarillo Wranglers - Will Craig, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Mitchell Day, North Iowa Bulls – Daniel Duris, Oklahoma Warriors – William Gramme, Lone Star Brahmas – Toby Hopp, Northeast Generals – Jakub Krbecek, Philadelphia Rebels – Linards Lipskis, Bismarck Bobcats – Bryant Marks, Kenai River Brown Bears – Cole Moore, Aberdeen Wings – Gergely Orosz, Odessa Jackalopes – Alec Rajalin-Scharp, Johnstown Tomahawks
Defenseman of the Month: Jack Malinski - Austin Bruins
Austin Bruins defenseman Jack Malinski, 20, capped off a strong month of November by helping the Bruins widen their lead atop the Central Division. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN, led all NAHL defensemen during the month with 10 points (all assists) in eight games played, along with a +10 rating. Malinski recorded at least a point in seven of the eight contests during the month and had three multi-point games. His 16 points is currently tied for 8th among all NAHL defensemen so far this season. “Jack has been great for us in all aspects of the game. He’s a true leader on and off the ice. We are looking forward to Jack continuing to play well and earning that NCAA Division I commitment that he has been working for,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.
“We have a great group of guys and we’re all pulling in the same direction. I have a lot of good teammates around me who are playing good hockey which makes it easier for me. Our team does a good job of focusing on the game ahead and not looking at past victories or accomplishments,” said Malinski. “We would like to make a big run at the Robertson Cup. A long term goal would be to play college hockey and hopefully have the opportunity to continue playing after that.”
Runner-Up: Joey Potter, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jackson Anderson, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Christen, Odessa Jackalopes – Tommy Delfarno, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Tyler DesRochers, Johnstown Tomahawks – Matt DeSpirit, Northeast Generals – Isaac Deveau, North Iowa Bulls – Dominic Foglia, Philadelphia Rebels – Garrett Horsager, Oklahoma Warriors – Caleb Huffman, Kenai River Brown Bears – Dillon Kuntz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Cole Mickel, Wisconsin Windigo – Ray Murakami, Lone Star Brahmas – Michael Neumeier, Bismarck Bobcats
Forward of the Month: Brendan Williams - Oklahoma Warriors
Oklahoma Warriors forward Brendan Williams, 20, had a big month of November to help his team move into 1st place in the South Division. The 5’9/161 lbs. native of San Juan Capistrano, CA, appeared in nine games during November and recorded 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) along with a +8 rating. Williams had three game-winning goals during the month and recorded at least a point in eight of the nine contests and had five multi-point games. For the season, Williams is currently 2nd in team scoring with 23 points in just 17 games played. “As a team we had a nice month of November and Brendan led the way offensively for us. His biggest impact offensively is the way he can create time and space for himself with puck protection and his willingness to fight off checks. A lot of his production comes around the net which has been a huge part of our group having success consistently. His positioning and awareness away from the puck in the defensive zone is a big contributing factor to our transition game. We couldn't be happier for Brendan with how hard he has worked and his commitment to our team’s success,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.
“I’d say what made our team able to have such a great month, is how close our team has become on and off the ice. Every game we know we’re battling for the guy sitting right next to us in the locker room, so I think that has kept everyone motivated to leave it all out there every game,” said Williams. “My goals for the remainder of the season are to commit to an NCAA Division 1 hockey program, but more importantly to win the Robertson Cup.”
Runner-Up: Cameron Ricotta, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Yusako Ando, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Chase Davis, Amarillo Wranglers – Logan Dombrowsky, North Iowa Bulls – Anthony Galante, Johnstown Tomahawks – Emerson Goode, Odessa Jackalopes - Nash Jacobsma, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jake LaRusso, Northeast Generals – Will Laychur, Lone Star Brahmas – Luke Levandowski, Wisconsin Windigo – Gavin Morrissey, Austin Bruins – Patrick O’Connell, Aberdeen Wings – Adam Pietila, Bismarck Bobcats – Connor Sedlak, Philadelphia Rebels – Martin Ulvebne, Corpus Christi IceRays
Goalie of the Month: Arthur Smith - Lone Star Brahmas
Lone Star Brahmas goalie Arthur Smith, 18, has picked up right where he left off last year. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Farmington, CT, who was both the NAHL Goaltender and Rookie of the Year during the 2021-22 season, has taken his game to the next level this season, which includes some incredible numbers in October. Smith, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Princeton University, played in five games during the month and posted a 4-0-1 record, allowing just three goals in the five games. Smith faced 97 shots and made 94 saves, which included two shutouts during the month. “Anytime you get the reigning Goalie of the Year back on your roster, it is going to be a huge boost to the team. This season, Arthur has really accepted and taken on a leadership role with the team. He is an exceptional player and person. We are fortunate to have two world-class goalies this season who are both committed to NCAA Division I schools. I think the key for Arthur in October was slowing the game down and seeing everything well. We are looking for him to continue to grow his game and prepare for the NCAA next season,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.
“Our team’s experienced core of defensemen and dedication to pushing each other every day has created a strong culture within our locker room and that translates into deep trust on the ice. We also have a list of team identities and qualities that allow us to be confident in each other. As a team, we are working to get better every day and still have fun playing the game we all love,” said Smith. “My goals for this season are to win the Robertson Cup Championship, while also contributing to an already strong Brahmas culture. I want to be an example for players and teams in the future. My personal goals are to win an NCAA Championship and to play in the NHL.”
Runner-Up: Lawton Zacher, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patriks Berzins, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Will Craig, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Mitch Day, North Iowa Bulls – Daniel Duris, Oklahoma Warriors – William Hakansson, Maryland Black Bears – Kayden Hargraves, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Toby Hopp, Northeast Generals – Jakub Krbecek, Philadelphia Rebels – Cole Moore, Aberdeen Wings – Isak Posch, Minnesota Wilderness – Carter Wishart, Chippewa Steel
Defenseman of the Month: Nick O'Hanisain - Minot Minotauros
Minot Minotauros defenseman Nick O’Hanisain, 20, had a big month of October to help the MInotauros to a 7-1 record during the month as they moved into a tie for 1st place in the Central Division. The 5’11/181 lbs. native of Troy, MI, led all NAHL defensemen in scoring during the month with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assist) in eight games played. That included five multi-point games and +5 rating in October. O’Hanisain, who is currently uncommitted, is currently 2nd in scoring among NAHL defensemen with 17 points in 15 games played. “Nick has arguably been our best player all season long and has also been a fantastic leader for our group. He has been our most reliable defenseman when it comes to keeping pucks out of our net and he’s been consistently producing offensively. We are thrilled that he is being recognized for his outstanding play and look forward to continuing to help Nick accomplish his goal of playing NCAA Division I college hockey,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.
“I think just the chemistry and confidence in the locker room and throughout the organization enabled me and the rest of the team to have a great start. We really care for each other and want to win for everyone in our room,” said O’Hanisain. “My short-term goal for the season is to earn an NCAA Division I college scholarship as long as I help put my team in a position to win every night. A long-term goal I have is to play hockey professionally.”
Runner-Up: Sean Kilcullen, Maryland Black Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joe Calvarino, Philadelphia Rebels – Tyler DesRochers, Johnstown Tomahawks – Paavo Hiltunen, North Iowa Bulls – Garrett Horsager, Oklahoma Warriors – Caleb Huffman, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jeff Hutchinson, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Cole Mickel, Wisconsin Windigo – Cooper Morris, Anchorage Wolverines – Ryan Prewitt, Lone Star Brahmas – Rihards Simanovics, Amarillo Wranglers – Broderick Williams, Aberdeen Wings
Forward of the Month: Christian Catalano - Maryland Black Bears
Maryland Black Bears forward Christian Catalano, 19, was on fire during the month of October as the 1st place Black Bears put together an 8-2-0 record. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Mississauga, ON, put up 13 points, including nine goals and 4 assists during the 10 games in October. That included five multi-point games, two game-winning goals, and a +8 rating during the month. Catalano, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Rochester Institute of Technology, is currently the NAHL’s leading scorer with 26 points in 19 games played. “What a great month by Christian. As much as he is skilled and fast, it’s his competitive drive and will to succeed that allows him to showcase these skills. He is well deserving of this honor,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.
“Our team has been off to a great start. Ever since training camp, we have treated every practice like a game. Our team brings intensity and attention to detail on and off the ice. Our coaches keep us all accountable, which has really created a positive environment that helped the team and me have a great start,” said Catalano. “This season I want to keep developing as a player and I want to get ready for the NCAA Division I level next year so that I can have a big impact.”
Runner-Up: Aiden Westin, Anchorage Wolverines
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Andreychuk, Northeast Generals – Dominic Bartecko, Amarillo Wranglers – David Deputy, Philadelphia Rebels – Logan Dombrowsky, North Iowa Bulls – Brendan Dumas, New Jersey Titans – Anthony Galante, Johnstown Tomahawks – Malte Hasselgren, Oklahoma Warriors – William Howard, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ryan Johnson, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Hunter Longhi, Minot Minotauros – Bryce Monrean, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kade Nielsen, Chippewa Steel – Johan Rosenquist, Lone Star Brahmas – Will Schumacher, Wisconsin Windigo – Nikolai Tishkevich, Aberdeen Wings
Goalie of the Month: Carter Clafton - Amarillo Wranglers
The Amarillo Wranglers remain the NAHL’s only undefeated team thanks is large part to goaltender Carter Clafton. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was solid in the month of September as he posted a 3-0-0 record, allowing just three goals in three games. Clafton, 20, stopped 71 of 74 shots during the month, which was good for a 1.00 goals against average and .959 save percentage. That included wins over Anchorage and Kenai River at the NAHL Showcase and a 4-1 road win in Shreveport on September 23rd. “Carter’s early success this season is a result of him building his game this summer and working very closely with our Goalie Consultant Erik Schardt. Carter is an excellent student and has been receiving interest from several NCAA schools. We look forward to his continued growth and working with him to find the best fit for school and hockey,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.
“We have been successful thus far because of the collective buy-in from every member of our team. Our group competes every day in practice and holds each player accountable to our standards,” said Clafton. “My short-term goal for the season is to compete for a Robertson Cup Championship. My longer-term goals are to play the highest-level hockey possible and attend a four-year university to further my education.”
Runner-Up: Kayden Hargraves, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mitch Day, North Iowa Bulls – Daniel Duris, Oklahoma Warriors – Jack Fialkoff, Philadelphia Rebels – Adam Gajan, Chippewa Steel - William Gramme, Lone Star Brahmas – Thomas Heaney, Maine Nordiques – Toby Hopp, Northeast Generals - Linards Lipskis, Bismarck Bobcats – Cole Moore, Aberdeen Wings – Aksel Reid, Springfield Jr. Blues – Ethan Robertson, Austin Bruins – Peter Sterling, Janesville Jets – Carsen Stokes, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Lawton Zacher, Minot Minotauros
Defenseman of the Month: Michael Neumeier - Bismarck Bobcats
Bismarck Bobcats defenseman Michael Neumeier, 19, got off to a great start for the 2022-23 season as he put up 10 points in seven games during the month of September. The 6’3/193 lbs. native of Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, scored two goals and added eight assists during the month. He recorded at least a point in five of the seven games and had three multi-point games. His 10 points is currently tied for the most amongst all NAHL defensemen. “Mike was a huge part of our run last year in the second half and what he has done at the start of this season is no surprise. He’s a leader for his team on and off the ice. On the ice I think he's one of the best defensemen in the league. His puck skills and creativity with the puck are next level along with his ability to skate for a big man makes him an elite defenseman,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
“I really have tried to place an emphasis on moving the puck quickly around and giving it to the open man right away. It gives me more time to make a play and has helped me and along with the team to generate great scoring opportunities,” said Neumeier. “I think for the remainder of this season I would like to earn a NCAA Division I commitment and hopefully finish at a point per game or somewhere close. My long term goal would be to be play hockey professionally.”
Runner-Up: James Goffredo, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, Oklahoma Warriors – Connor Brown, Janesville Jets – Joe Calvarino, Philadelphia Rebels – Jacob Conrad, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jack Dalton, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Dominic Foglia, Corpus Christi IceRays – Logan Heroux, Shreveport Mudbugs – Luke Lindsay, Aberdeen Wings – Gabe Lunn, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jackson McCarthy, Northeast Generals - Jack Mesic, North Iowa Bulls – Nick O’Hanisain, Minot Minotauros – Jake Peterson, Springfield Jr. Blues – Shawn Ramsey, Chippewa Steel – Rihards Simanovics, Amarillo Wranglers – John Paul Steele, Maine Nordiques
Forward of the Month: Hunter Jones - Oklahoma Warriors
Oklahoma Warriors forward Hunter Jones, 20, got off to a great start for the 2022-23 season, helping the Warriors to a 5-1-0 record during the month of September. The 5’10/188 lbs. native of Andover, Minnesota, put up 11 points in those six contests, which included four goals and seven assists and a +9 rating. Jones had three multi-point games, which included a five-point effort during his first game of the NAHL Showcase. “Hunter has been a huge part of our team since our inaugural season. His compete and work ethic is what we pride ourselves on as a group. This month he has put it all together and has been an integral part of our offense this season. His ability to make plays and willingness to go to the hard areas has helped him continue his development towards playing college hockey. Hunter continues to prove himself every day and we are fortunate to have him help lead our group,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.
“We bought in as a team and that’s what is giving us success as a whole and also individual success, but we still have a lot of work to do and we have to continue to get better every day,” said Jones. “I want to win a championship with this team and get a chance to play at the next level.”
Runner-Up: Kade Nielsen, Chippewa Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Barbour, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tyler Borgula, Springfield Jr. Blues – Michael Casey, Corpus Christi IceRays – Byron Hartley, North Iowa Bulls – Tyler Herzberg, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Will Howard, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ben Ivey, Amarillo Wranglers – Vertti Jantunen, Bismarck Bobcats – Colby Joseph, Minot Minotauros – Dimitry Kebreau, Maryland Black Bears – Jake Mack, Shreveport Mudbugs – Paul Minnehan, Northeast Generals - Chris Pelosi, Janesville Jets – Kade Peterson, St. Cloud Norsemen – Austin Salani, Austin Bruins – Greg Spitznagel, Philadelphia Rebels – Nikolai Tishkevich, Aberdeen Wings - Laurent Trepanier, Maine Nordiques