50 Players, 50 Days: Willy Stauber
April 30, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NAHL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NAHL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players in 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 26 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NAHL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NAHL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Willy Stauber, Defenseman, Bismarck Bobcats
Bismarck Bobcats and Top Prospects defenseman Willy Stauber, 20, concluded a very successful and consistent two-year NAHL career this season. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of Duluth, Minnesota, who served as an assistant captain for the Bobcats in 2019-20, put together another productive season on the ice with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 44 games played.
Stauber was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the undefeated Central Division team, where he had one assist in two games.
“Willy was a great leader on and off the ice for our team. He also played a big part when he was healthy again in February and was able to help us go on our run at the right time. He plays physical and is a great defender,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.
Stauber’s successful came on the heels of a breakout rookie season in 2018-19 when he posted 22 points in 53 games played, which ranked him 2nd among Bismarck defensemen in scoring that season. For his NAHL career, Stauber appeared in 105 career games and posted 34 points.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Stauber was a standout defenseman for Duluth Marshall High School in Minnesota for four years.