NAHL announces Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 7, 2018. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2018-19 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: Joey Strada, forward, Aberdeen Wings
Aberdeen Wings forward and Arizona State recruit Joey Strada, 19, made the most of his lone game of the weekend as he led the Wings to a 6-2 win over the Brookings Blizzard on Friday night. The 5’6/145 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona, had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists in the win. For the season, Strada is 2nd in team scoring to date with nine points in seven games played. “Joey has established some pretty high standards for himself. He has a big role within our team and he always seems to show up when needed,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Keenan Lund, F, Minot Minotauros – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins – CJ Regula, D, Minnesota Wilderness – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Louis Boudon, forward, Northeast Generals
Northeast Generals forward and Lake Superior State commit Louis Boudon, 20, played a big role in his team’s weekend home split with the Maryland Black Bears. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France totaled five points in the two games, which included three goals and two assists. On Saturday, Boudon had both Generals goals in a 4-2 loss and on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. For the season, Boudon leads the Generals in scoring with 10 points in six games played. “Louis, already one of the top players in the league last year, has elevated his game even higher this year. His quickness and strength have improved and he is a threat every time he is on the ice in any situation. He already has goals on the power play and penalty kill, and he is a special player that is still getting better,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell.
2nd Star: Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Rutigliano, F, Northeast Generals
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Gavin Enright, goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears
Sitting atop of the Midwest Division is the Kenai River Brown Bears, who opened up their home schedule this past weekend with a sweep of the Chippewa Steel. In between the pipes in both games was veteran netminder Gavin Enright. The 19-year-old native of Farmington, Minnesota, stopped 48 of 50 shots in the series to help his team pick up four more points. On Friday night, Enright (6’2/160) stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he made 20 saves in a 3-2 win. “Gavin was calm and confident all weekend, especially in the 1st period on Friday Night, making 15 of 15 saves. We are very excited about the progress Gavin has made coming into his second year in the NAHL and what is to come in the future for him. Although this is an individual award, Gavin would be the first to tell you this was a team effort and we are going to continue to focus on that moving forward,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.
2nd Star: Nick Techel, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Logan Jenuwine, forward, Amarillo Bulls
Despite playing in just one game this past weekend, the Amarillo Bulls showed no signs of slowing down as they posted a convincing 6-0 shutout win at home over the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday. Veteran forward Logan Jenuwine, 20, had two goals in the win, which included the game-winning goal early in the 1st period. For the season, the 6’2/195 lbs. native of Romeo, Michigan, who is committed to play NCAA hockey at Western Michigan, is 5th on the team in scoring with 11 points in seven games played. “Logan has been a tremendous addition to our club since joining us prior to the NAHL Showcase. His veteran leadership, maturity and attention to detail have been a big part of why we are having early season success. He also has an extremely high compete level that raises our desire to succeed as a group,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Kyler Yeo, F, Topeka Pilots
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Ryan Winter, G, Amarillo Bulls