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 April 18, 2021. 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: Brett Chorske, Forward, St. Cloud Norsemen
St. Cloud Norsemen forward Brett Chorske, 19, had a big week to help his club pick up two wins in three games. The 6’6/195 lbs. native of Edina, MN, had eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in the three games. On Thursday, the Colorado College commit had two goals and two assists in a 5-1 home win over the Minnesota Magicians. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 road win against the Minnesota Wilderness. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 5-3 home loss against the Wilderness. For the season, Chorske leads the Norsemen in scoring with 37 points in 39 games played so far this season. “Brett has been a big part of our offense all season long and continues to get better every day,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.
2nd Star: Jack Suchy, F, St. Cloud Norsemen
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitchell Allard, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Josh Bohlin, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Reggie Millette, F, Austin Bruins – Michael Reed, F, Aberdeen Wings – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Michael Morelli, Goaltender, Maryland Black Bears
Maryland Black Bears goalie Michael Morelli, 19, helped his team stay in playoff position with a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Arvada, CO, started and won both games, stopping 67 of 69 shots during the weekend. On Friday, Morelli stopped all 36 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 3-2 shootout win, also stopping three of four shooters in the shootout. For the season, Morelli has a 13-11-5 record with a 2.59 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. “What can you say about Michael? He has been an ultimate competitor every time he steps into the net for us, and always gives a chance to win. He is not only a talented goaltender, but is also a very strong leader for us, and ultimate "team-first" player. There is no one mentally tougher, and we can't say enough good things about Michael and his work ethic. One of the most committed athletes I have ever been around,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.
2nd Star: Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Clark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques – Patrick Schmeidlin, F, Maine Nordiques
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Charlie Schoen, Forward, Janesville Jets
Janesville Jets forward and Arizona State recruit Charlie Schoen, 19, continued his hot play as he helped his team to a three-game weekend sweep of the Chippewa Steek. The 5’7/155 lbs. native of Andover, MN, had five points (all goals) in the three wins and a +5 rating. On Thursday, Schoen scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 7-0 win. The next night, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 road win in Chippewa. On Saturday, he had two more goals in a 3-2 win. For the season, Schoen leads the Jets in scoring with 36 points in 30 games played so far this season. “Charlie has been a catalyst for us all season and had another tremendous weekend. Charlie has worked extremely hard this season developing all aspects of his game, with a major focus on his habits and details. He has also taken on a leadership role, helping mentor some of our younger players, while leading by example every day at the rink. Our players gravitate toward Charlie, and he is embracing that role and flourishing in it. Charlie is so dynamic offensively and instinctual that sometimes as coaches we just get to sit back and enjoy what he does as fans. He's a special player and a special young man,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.
2nd Star: Owen Millward G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
South Division Star of the Week: Owen Parker, Goaltender, New Mexico Ice Wolves
New Mexico Ice Wolves goalie Owen Parker, 19, helped his club to a huge three-game home sweep of the division-leading Shreveport Mudbugs. The 6’6/225 lbs. native of Buffalo, NY, was in goal for two of the three wins and stopped a total of 67 of 71 shots. On Friday, Parker made 26 saves and then stopped five of six Mudbugs shooters in the shootout to pick up a 4-3 shootout win. On Sunday, Parker made 41 saves in the 4-1 win. For the season, Parker has an 8-7-0 record with a 2.91 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. “I’m very happy for Owen to get this honor. He’s worked hard since day one and it’s showing. It’s nice to see him have success in his first year of junior hockey,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.
2nd Star: Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – Marcus Frantz, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Mason McCormick, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dawson Tritt, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jordan Venegoni, F, Amarillo Bulls – Thomas Weis, F, Wichita Falls Warriors