Johnstown forward Solensky makes NCAA DI commitment
November 7, 2018
The Johnstown Tomahawks, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Samuel Solensky has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bemidji State University, a member of the WCHA.
Back on November 1st, the 20-year-old was named the NAHL’s Forward of the Month for October as he helped the Tomahawks to a 6-2-0 record during the month as they maintained their East Division lead.
The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Michalovce, Slovakia, led all NAHL players in scoring with 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) during the month, which included six multi-point games. During the month, Solensky also became the all-time assists leader in Tomahawks history.
For the season, Solensky currently leads the NAHL in scoring with 30 points in 18 games played. For his NAHL career, he has appeared in 97 games and recorded 99 points.
Located in Bemidji, Minnesota, the Beavers compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Bemidji State has sent numerous alumni to the NHL including Matt Read, Joel Otto and Brad Hunt.
“Seeing Sammy receive the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 hockey is truly a proud moment,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia. “Ever since he came to Johnstown he has been an outstanding hockey player, and an exceptional person. His dedication to our team has been remarkable. I could not be happier for Sammy for this fantastic achievement. He has earned the opportunity to get a great deal of interest from the next level, and Bemidji State will be as lucky as we are in Johnstown to have Sammy join their program next year.”
“The way that last year went for us really was motivation to do something better this year, and a good start was something we were really focused on,” said Solensky. “Now that we have gotten off to a good start, we are focused on keeping that momentum going and that’s something we all did in October. I think everything is clicking for us right now and also for me personally. I am trying to play my best every game and not take any shifts off. I think we have the type of team that is capable on making a deep run in the playoffs.”