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 22, 2023. 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: Calvin Hanson, Forward, Bismarck Bobcats
Bismarck forward Calvin Hanson, 20, helped his team pick up eight of the possible nine points this past weekend in a three-game series against Aberdeen. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Hallock, MN, had six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and was a +6 in the three games. On Thursday, had the game-winning goal in a 6-0 road win in Aberdeen. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss at home. On Saturday, he posted a pair of goals and an assist in a 10-4 home win over the Wings. For the season, Hanson is tied for 3rd in team scoring with 29 points in 36 games played. “Calvin has been a huge part of this team's success lately. He's playing the game the right way and his speed and willingness to go to the hard areas is the reason he’s getting rewarded for it,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Andrew Clarke, F, St. Cloud Norsemen
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Gravink, F, Aberdeen Wings – Vertti Jantunen, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Nikolai Tishkevich, F, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Michael Young, Forward, New Jersey Titans
New Jersey forward Michael Young, 20, had another big weekend to help his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 5’11/184 lbs. native of Kings Park, NY, had four points in the two wins. On Friday, he had a goal in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he scored another goal and added two assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Young continues to lead the Titans in scoring with 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 30 games played to date. “Michael continues to perform at an extremely high, consistent level. His game has taken off to another level and we couldn’t be happier for him or our team. Michael’s ability to dominate offensively while continuing his strong defensive play has been a huge part of our team finding ourselves. We look forward to him continuing to help our team pursue the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Filip Wiberg, F, Maine Nordiques
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew DellaDonna, F, Northeast Generals – Kael DePape, G, Maine Nordiques – David Deputy, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Max Hamstad, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Toby Hopp, G, Northeast Generals – Adam Schankula, F, Maryland Black Bears – Trey Scott, D, Maryland Black Bears – Ben Yurchuk, F, New Jersey Titans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Luke Levandowski, Forward, Wisconsin Windigo
Wisconsin forward Luke Levandowski, 20, led the Windigo to a three-game weekend road sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, which improve his team’s winning streak to seven straight games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Rosemount, MN, put up five goals and was +5 in the three wins. On Thursday, Levandowski scored two goals in a 5-3 win. On Friday, he scored again in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he added two more goals in a 5-3 win. For the season, Levandowski leads the Windigo in scoring despite playing in just 24 games, he leads the team with 29 points (18 goals, 11 assists). “Luke shows up in big games and moments and continues to prove he is one of the most dynamic players in this league. Getting a sweep in Fairbanks is a hard thing to do but he was great all weekend and helped lead us to three big wins,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.
2nd Star: Kevin Marx Noren, F, Minnesota Wilderness
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Axel Begley, D, Wisconsin Windigo – Adyn Merrick, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Fedya Nikolayenya, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Isak Posch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Jackson Reineke, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Andrew Schultz, D, Springfield Jr. Blues
South Division Star of the Week: Gergely Orosz, Goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes
Odessa Jackalopes goalie Gergely Orosz, 20, had a busy week as he played in three games for the Jackalopes and went 2-1, stopping 105 of 109 shots during the week. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of Gyor, Hungary, began the week with 26 saves in a 2-1 road loss against 1st place Lone Star on Monday. On Friday, Orosz made 44 saves and stopped all three Mudbugs shooters in the shootout in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he made 35 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, the Alaska-Anchorage recruit has a 14-10-0 record in 25 appearances with a 2.57 goals against average and .931 save percentage. “Greg has been fantastic for us all season and he give us a chance to win every night. He competes at a high level that makes him have success. He’s dedicated to his craft and is a leader on this team,” said Jackalopes head coach Scott Deur.
2nd Star: Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Gotinsky, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jeff Hutchinson, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jakob Karpa, D, Lone Star Brahmas – William Lawson-Body, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Mason Mara, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Alex Park, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Adam Smith, D, Oklahoma Warriors