The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 16, 2016. The Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2016-17 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: Tim Nicksic, forward, Minnesota Wilderness
Minnesota Wilderness captain and forward Tim Nicksic, 20, had his best weekend of the year as the 5’10/188 lbs. native of Tomah, Wisconsin, recorded five points in two home games this past weekend against the Aberdeen Wings. He had two goals and an assist in an 8-1 win on Friday and had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 loss on Saturday. He also was a +4 on the weekend. In 11 games this season, Nicksic has 8 points. “Timmy had a great weekend. He proved why he is our captain with his tremendous leadership on and off the ice. With this past weekend being his 'breakout' weekend, we fully expect the same production and leadership moving forward,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.
2nd Star: Will Ulrich, G, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros – Jiei Halliday, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Trystan Isenhour, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tyler Jeanson, F, Minot Minotauros – Gage Mackie, F, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Carter Woolley, forward, Aston Rebels
The NAHL and East Division-leading Aston Rebels won their 4th and 5th games in a row this weekend with a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. 19-year-old forward Carter Woolley was able to contribute as the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, recorded a goal and an assist in the two wins. That included the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win. In 11 games played to date this season, Woolley has four points. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving or who has worked harder for what Carter has done. He is on a great path of development right now and he is a phenomenal teammate who is getting better daily,” said Aston head coach Joe Coombs.
2nd Star: Mareks Mitens, G, Aston Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Caleb Schroer, forward, Coulee Region Chill
The Coulee Region Chill are unbeaten in regulation in their last five games, which included road games this past weekend against the Minnesota Magicians and Janesville Jets. Chill forward Caleb Schroer, 20, had a big weekend, totaling five points and a +4 rating in the two games. On Friday, the native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, had two assists in a 4-3 win over the Magicians. On Saturday, Schroer (5’9/168) had two goals and an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss in Janesville. For the season, he is tied for the team scoring lead with 11 points. “Caleb is off to a great start for us this year. It was great to see his work ethic and compete level be rewarded this past weekend. We are excited to see what lies ahead for Caleb and this team,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
2nd Star: Devin Cooley, G, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brennan Blaszczak, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Adrian Holesinsky, F, Janesville Jets – Adam Roeder, D, Janesville Jets – Isaac Theisen, F, Coulee Region Chill
South Division Star of the Week: Jonny Hogue, goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes
The Odessa Jackalopes moved into 2nd place in the South Division thanks to a weekend road sweep in Corpus Christi against the IceRays. 20-year-old goaltender Jonny Hogue (5’9/180) was in goal for both wins. The native of Lethbridge, Alberta, faced a total of 48 shots in the two wins and made 46 saves, allowing just a single goal each night in back-to-back 2-1 wins for Odessa. For the season, Hogue has a 5-2-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average and a 93.4% save percentage. “Jonny gives us a chance to win each game he is in there, so the guys play with a lot of confidence in front of him,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.
2nd Star: Cameron Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alec Calvaruso, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Brendan Doyle, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Peter Kessel, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Nick Klishko, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Kosta Likourezos, F, Amarillo Bulls – Brad Power, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – John Roberts, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mike Rockwell, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Tomas Vomacka, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brendan Walkom, F, Amarillo Bulls