NAHL announces Bauer Hockey 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 November 1, 2020. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2020-21 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: Owen Michaels, Forward, Bismarck Bobcats
In the lone NAHL Central Division game this weekend, Bismarck Bobcats forward Owen Michaels, 18, had his best game of the 2020-21 season, as the 6’0/181 lbs. native of Novi, Michigan, had two goals and two assists in an 8-1 road win in St. Cloud against the Norsemen on Friday night. It was the first career goals and points for Michaels in his NAHL career. “Owen had a great weekend for us. We have had trouble finding the back of the net and he did a great job finding himself around the net in good areas to have success and with his skill set he is going to produce,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: George Grannis, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
East Division Star of the Week: Hugo Haas, Goaltender, Northeast Generals
Northeast Generals goalie Hugo Haas, 19, was outstanding in a weekend road series in Maine against the Nordiques. On Friday, the 6’0/176 lbs. native of the Czech Republic made 46 saves in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, Haas again played well, allowing just two goals on 33 shots in a 3-1 loss. For the weekend, Haas stopped 77 of 80 shots. “Hugo has been a huge addition for us. He is so calm in net and has consistently come up with big saves. He plays the puck like a defenseman and that has led us to being able to break the puck out quicker. He, along with Joey Stanizzi, have given us a great tandem in net to go with night in and night out. We are excited to continue to see Hugo progress this season,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.
2nd Star: James Philpott, D, Maine Nordiques
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boycen, F, Northeast Generals – Stephen Owens, F, Maine Nordiques
Midwest Division Star of the Week: No Games
South Division Star of the Week: Graham Burke, Goaltender, Lone Star Brahmas
The Lone Star Brahmas picked up a big weekend road sweep of the Amarillo Bulls and leading the way was 19-year-old netminder Graham Burke. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Wilmington, Delaware, allowed just four goals in the two wins, stopping 68 of 72 shots in the process. On Saturday, Burke made 31 saves in a 5-2 win. On Sunday, he made 37 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped all five Bulls shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 shootout win. “Graham played phenomenal this weekend and stood on his head. He was our backbone in both games and without his play we don’t pick up four points. Hopefully, we can build on the momentum he has created for us,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.
2nd Star: Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – John Lundy, F, Amarillo Bulls