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 January 16, 2022. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2021-22 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: Jake McLean, Forward, Bismarck Bobcats
McLean, 19, had a big weekend for the Bobcats as they picked up a sweep of a home-and-home series against the Aberdeen Wings. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of North Vancouver, BC, had four points in the two wins, which included 3 goals and an assist and a +4 rating. On Friday, McLean had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 road win, and then on Saturday, he had a goal in a 4-1 win. For the season, McLean currently leads the Bobcats in scoring with 30 points in 34 games played. “Jake has been our most consistent player all year for us. He is an all-around 200-foot player and gets rewarded almost every night for it, and it's going to make him a very effective college player as well,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Oskar Spinnars Nordin, G, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nick Catalano, F, Austin Bruins – Owen DuBois, F, Aberdeen Wings – Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls – Colby Joseph, F, Minot Minotauros – Blake Mesenburg, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Michael Mesic, F, North Iowa Bulls – Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins – Austin Zavoda, G, Minot Minotauros
East Division Star of the Week: Chris Carroll, Forward, New Jersey Titans
Titans forward Chris Carroll, 20, helped his club widen their lead in the East Division with a weekend home sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Islip, NY had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Carroll had two assists in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win. For the season, Carroll is 3rd in team scoring with 39 points in 33 NAHL games played this season. “Chris has been a consistent force for our club since being acquired shortly before Thanksgiving. He is a talented 200-foot hockey player, who had added veteran leadership to the dressing room as well. This past weekend he was able to contribute some big time points for us in two big home wins vs Maine. We look forward to Chris continuing his strong play as we continue to chase the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Salvatore Evola, G, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Gaulin, F, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals – Kyle Schroeder, F, Northeast Generals – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques – Andrew Takacz, G, New Jersey Titans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: William Persson, Forward, Minnesota Wilderness
The Wilderness got back to the winning side of things this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. 20-year-old forward William Persson was an offense force in both wins, racking up five points (3 goals, 2 assists). On Friday, the 6’2/192 lbs. native of Bjorklinge, Sweden had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, he had another goal and an assist in a 5-4 road win. For the season, Persson is 2nd in team scoring with 33 points in 30 games played to date. “William is one of the most talented players in the league. His size strength and skill level are as good as we have ever had in our program. We are excited to see William get recognized for the outstanding play last weekend,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.
2nd Star: Ethan Benz, F, Chippewa Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mason Campbell, D, Minnesota Magicians – Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jake Hale, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cy LeClerc, F, Janesville Jets – Braden Lindstrom, F, Chippewa Steel – Connor Mahony, F, Minnesota – Cal Mell, D, Janesville Jets – Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jack Ring, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
South Division Star of the Week: Beni Halasz, Goaltender, New Mexico Ice Wolves
New Mexico goalie Beni Halasz, 20, kept his MVP-caliber season going this past weekend, leading the 1st place Ice Wolves to a pair of wins in Amarillo against the Wranglers. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Budapest, Hungary, faced 65 shots on the weekend and allowed just one goal in each game, making 63 total saves. On Friday, Halasz made 34 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 29 saves in a 3-1 win. Halasz currently leads the NAHL in goals against average with a 1.98 mark and he is tied for 2nd in save percentage (.929) and wins (17). “Beni was huge for us last weekend. He made some big time saves at some big-time moments of the games. He’s been our rock all year and we’re happy to see him get recognized for his contributions,” said Ice Wolves head coach Phil Fox.
2nd Star: Devon Bobak, G, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Riley Brueck, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Brandon Holt, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jonathan Horn, F, El Paso Rhinos – Alex Krause, F, El Paso Rhinos – Ray Murakami, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas