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NAHL announces Bauer Hockey Stars of the Week

December 19, 2022

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending December 18, 2022.  The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2022-23 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: Alexander Gullichsen, Forward, Aberdeen Wings

Aberdeen Wings forward Alexander Gullichsen, 20, helped the Wings earn a weekend road split against the 1st place Austin Bruins. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Turku, Finland, had three points in the two games. On Friday, Gullichsen had an assist in a 5-3 loss. On Saturday, he had two goals in the 3rd period including the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. For the season, Gullichsen is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 19 points in 27 games played.  “Alexander has been one of our most consistent players when it comes to showing up each night ready to compete. He is a big minute player that brings a well-rounded game,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Dubois, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eli Miller, F, North Iowa Bulls – Gavin Morrissey, F, Austin Bruins – Alexander Palchik, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Adam Pietila, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Blake Ulve, F, North Iowa Bulls


East Division Star of the Week: Paul Minnehan, Forward, Northeast Generals

Northeast Generals forward and Arizona State recruit Paul Minnehan, 19, had a big weekend to help the Generals pick up a weekend road sweep of Danbury. The 6’2/166 lbs. native of Cypress, CA, had four points in the two wins. On Friday, Minnehan scored both goals, including the overtime-winner, in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, Minnehan again scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 2-1 win. For the season, Minnehan is second in team scoring with 36 points in 27 games played. “Paul had a monster weekend for us. We needed our captains to step up to get us in a good spot at the halfway mark and Paul did just that. He factored in all four goals this weekend. The power play had grown a bit stale, so we moved Paul around and he was able to help rejuvenate it. Paul is a big-time player that loves the big moments,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Levente Keresztes, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Achille, F, Maine Nordiques - David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals – Nicholas Bernardo, D, Maine Nordiques – Matt O’Donnell, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Marcus Sang, F, New Jersey Titans


Midwest Division Star of the Week: Nils Wallstrom, Goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears

Kenai River goalie Nils Wallstrom, 19, had a big weekend to help his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the Chippewa Steel. The 6’3/185 lbs. native of Skelleftea, Sweden, was in goal for both wins over the weekend, stopping 81 of 85 shots in the process. On Friday, Wallstrom made a season-high 44 saves in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he mad 37 saves in a 5-1 win. For the season, Wallstrom has an 11-6-1 record in 20 appearances to go along with a 2.71 goals against average and .922 save percentage. “Nils showed his big game ability all weekend backstopping our group to a road sweep heading into the holiday break. We are excited to watch Nils have continued success as we head into the back half of the season,” said Brown Bears head coach Taylor Shaw.

2nd Star: Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Conrad, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kevin Marx Noren, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Andy Ramsey, D, Anchorage Wolverines – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs


South Division Star of the Week: Rylan Brady, Forward, Oklahoma Warriors

Oklahoma Warriors forward Rylan Brady, 18, had a big weekend as he helped his team pick up a weekend road sweep f the Odessa Jackaopes. The 6’1/181 lbs. native of Jackson, MI, had four points and was +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Brady had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in a 3-2 win. For the season, the Lake Superior State recruit has 22 points in 26 games played. “Rylan had a big weekend for our group and this recognition is well deserved.  He has done such a great job for us all season scoring big goals and bringing a physicality that has been contagious amongst our guys. He has dealt with adversity through hard work and determination and that has translated into him being a consistent difference maker each night,” said Oklahoma head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Luca Ganz, G, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Burke, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Craig, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Colin Doherty, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Graham Harris, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Hayden Nichol, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

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