The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending September 20, 2015. The Easton Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2015-16 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.
Central Division Star of the Week: Willie Brown, forward, Bismarck Bobcats
It was a big opening weekend for the Bismarck Bobcats and forward Willie Brown. The native of South St. Paul, MN went off for seven points in the Bobcats sweep of the Austin Bruins. On Friday, Brown, 19, had five assists in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, Brown assisted on Bismarck’s second goal and scored the third goal in a 3-0 shutout win. Brown (5’11/205) was also a +5 on the weekend and recorded three shots. Brown spent last season playing in the NAHL with both Bismarck and Topeka. "Willie is definitely a talented player, but what sets him apart is his hockey IQ. He sees plays develop better than most guys at the junior level and uses that vision to create great opportunities for his linemates and himself. This weekend Willie, Aaron [Herdt] and Travis [Wood] were executing in midseason form and were a major reason we were able to take four points on the weekend,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Kane Durment, F, Brookings Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Larson, F, Minot Minotauors – Christian Mohs, F, Minot Minotauros – TJ Samec, D, Brookings Blizzard – Hunter Shepard, G, Bismarck Bobcats
East Division Star of the Week: Anthony Parrucci, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks
The Johnstown Tomahawks opened up their season with two road games in the new East Division. 20-year-old forward Anthony Parrucci helped the Tomahawks one of two games and played well in both. On Friday, the native of Gibsonia, PA had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 7-3 win in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against the Knights. On Saturday, Parrucci (6’1/200) had one of the team’s two goals in a 5-2 loss in New Jersey against the Titans. Parrucci was also a +3 on the weekend. Last year he played for the Michigan Warriors in the NAHL. “Anthony is a very good power forward. He has great size, great speed, but his compete level is what stands out to me. This weekend he showed he could play at this level and be a big time player,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.
2nd Star: Keegan Miller, F, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garrett Hallford, F, New Jersey Titans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Brian Baker, goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears
The Kenai River Brown Bears picked up their first win of the season in a very tough place to win, Janesville, Wisconsin. Goalie Brian Baker, 20, was outstanding in both games as he faced a total of 77 shots and stopped 73 of them. On Friday night, the naitve of McMurray, PA, made 37 saves in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, Baker (5’10/152) made 36 saves and allowed just a single goal in a 2-0 loss (empty-net). For the season, Baker has a save percentage of 92.5%. He is both an NAPHL (Esmark Stars) alum and an NA3HL (Pittsburgh Vengeance) alum. “Brian has done an outstanding job throughout our training camp process and into the start of the regular season. He is playing with confidence and it showed this past weekend in Janesville as he gave us an opportunity to win each game. That is what we expect from our #1 goalie,” said Kenai River head coach Geoff Beauparlant.
2nd Star: Logan Coomes, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Gessert, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jake Hamacher, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Adam Kleven, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Jack LaFontaine, G, Janesville Jets – Nils Rygaard, F, Janesville Jets
South Division Star of the Week: Andy McGlynn, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays
The Corpus Christi IceRays opened their season with a series in Topeka and ended up with a weekend road split. Forward Andy McGlynn, 18, scored in each of the games and had four shots on goal. On Friday, the native of St. Louis, MO, had the IceRays first goal in a 3-1 win. On Sunday, McGlynn (5’10/188) had the lone goal in a 2-1 loss. Last season, McGlynn spent time with both Corpus Christi and Springfield in the NAHL and the St. Louis Jr. Blues in the NA3HL. He has played in the last two NA3HL Top Prospects Tournaments. “I am really happy for Andy. He's started this season off the same way he finished at our main camp this summer. He is very determined to be an impact player this year and had a great opening weekend,” said IceRays head coach John Becanic.
2nd Star: Quinn Preston, F, Topeka RoadRunners
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Graham Hunt, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan O’Connor, D, Topeka RoadRunners