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 December 20, 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: Cameron Korpi, Goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats
It was a perfect 2-0 week for Bismarck rookie goalie Cameron Korpi. The 16-year-old native of South Lyon, MI, made his first two NAHL starts during the week and won both of them. On Friday, Korpi (6’2/16) made 18 saves in a 6-3 home win over Minot. On Saturday, the Western Michigan recruit stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his first career NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win over Minot. For the weekend, Korpi stopped 38 of 41 shots and picked up two wins. “Cameron was great for us in his first games of juniors, for a young man he showed poise and was sound all weekend. He fundamentals with his work ethic are the reason he's going to be a big-time goalie and was huge for us against our biggest rival,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Paxton Geisel, G, St. Cloud Norsemen
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Chorske, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jack Conroy, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Trevor Russell, D, Aberdeen Wings – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Cannon Green, Forward, Maine Nordiques
Maine Nordiques forward Cannon Green, 20, had a big week to help Maine split a series with the Northeast Generals. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Atlanta, GA, had three points in the two games. Green had two assists in a 3-2 win on Tuesday and the lone Maine goal in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday. “Cannon is a player with an unwavering competitive spirit. His leadership on and off the ice is a tremendous asset to our entire organization. Cannon does all the little things in a hockey game that helps others around him succeed, and as a coach you love to see. He drives the net to create time and space, back checks with maximum effort, wins his battles, scores big goals and blocks big shots. Whatever competition we find ourselves in, we know #44 will be leading the charge. We look forward to him finalizing his Division 1 commitment in the coming weeks,” said Nordiques head coach Nolan Howe.
2nd Star: Hugo Haas, G, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques
Midwest Division Star of the Week: No Games
South Division Star of the Week: Connor Hasley, Goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes
Odessa Jackalopes goalie Connor Hasley, 19, picked up two wins in two stars this past weekend as the Jackalopes picked up two wins in three games against the division-leading Lone Star Brahmas. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of North Tonawanda, NY, stopped 39 of 40 shots in the two wins. On Thursday, the Bentley recruit made 23 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Lone Star. They next night, he made16 saves for his second shutout of the year in a 2-0 win. “It is important for your goalie to be the best player on the ice when you face top teams and Connor was that guys this past weekend. He has been the backbone of our team this year and he is continuing to get better as the season goes along,” said Jackalopes head coach Jason Fortier.
2nd Star: Chris Hedden, D, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Ty Black, F, Amarillo Bills - Hunter Carrick, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – Luke Johnson, F, Lone Star Brahmas – William Lawson-Body, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas