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NAHL announces Bauer Hockey Stars of the Week

February 27, 2023

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending February 26, 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: Hunter Longhi, Forward, Minot Minotauros

Minot forward Hunter Longhi, 20, had a productive and record-breaking weekend as the Minotauros split a home-and-home series with the Bismarck Bobcats. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Collinsville, IL, had five point in the two games. On Frdiay, Longhi scored a goal in a 6-2 road loss at Bismarck. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal and three assists in a 6-4 win. For the season, the American International recruit leads the Minotauros in scoring with 56 points in 45 games played. During the weekend, he set new franchise records for assists (39) and points (56) in a season. “Hunter had a fantastic weekend and produced offense when we needed it the most on Saturday night. He also broke two singles-season franchise records in the process of having a great weekend. We have relied on him all year and he has consistently shown up for our team and his teammates. We look forward to Hunter continuing his success the rest of this season,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Benoit, D, Aberdeen Wings – Nico Chmelevski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Andrew Clarke, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Mitch Day, G, North Iowa Bulls – Logan Gravink, F, Aberdeen Wings – Calvin Hanson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Gavin Morrissey, F, Austin Bruins – Kade Peterson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins


East Division Star of the Week: Zakari Brice, Goaltender, New Jersey Titans

New Jersey goalie Zakari Brice, 20, posted a shutout in both starts this weekend as the Titans swept the Johnstown Tomahawks. The 5’11/174 lbs. native of Fairbanks, AK, stopped all 55 shots that came his way for his first two shutouts of the season. On Friday, he made 35 saves in a 4-0 shutout. On Saturday, he made 20 saves in a 6-0 shutout. For the season, the Arizona State commit has a 17-5-3 record with a 2.41 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. “It was an impressive weekend by Zak. We were flat on Friday night through the first two periods and he was the only reason we stayed within striking distance of Johnstown. He came up huge for us while we got our game in order and we were able to come away from the weekend with four big points.  Zak has been rock solid for us throughout the year and we look forward to him continuing to lead us as we pursue the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: William Hakansson, G, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nicholas Bernardo, D, Maine Nordiques – Kareem El-Bashir, F, Maryland Black Bears – Oliver Genest, F, Maine Nordiques – Jakub Krbecek, G, Philadelphia Rebels – Ben Muthersbaugh, F, New Jersey Titans


Midwest Division Star of the Week: Julian Recine, Forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Fairbanks forward Julian Recine had a big week to help the Ice Dogs pick up two wins in three games this past week. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Stittsville, ON, had five points and was a +3 in the three games. On Tuesday, Recine assisted on the lone Ice Dogs goal in a 5-1 loss against Janesville. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over division rival Anchorage. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 2-0 win. For the season, Recine is currently 3rd in team scoring with 36 points in 47 regular season games played to date. “Julian continues to impress and showcase his abilities on both sides of the puck and become a force within our team. We are hopeful that his continue great play leads to an opportunity to play in the NCAA,” said Ice Dogs head coach Dave Allison.

2nd Star: Nils Wallstrom, G, Kenai River Brown Bears  

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zachary Burfoot, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Reid Daavettila, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Alex Fendler, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Revelin Mack, F, Anchorage Wolverines - Nikita Nikora, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Joey Potter, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sawyer Scholl, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Will Schumacher, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Shane Soderwall, G, Anchorage Wolverines


South Division Star of the Week: Camden Bajzer, Forward, El Paso Rhinos

El Paso Rhinos forward Camden Bajzer, 18, had his best weekend in a Rhinos uniform as he helped his team pick up three of a possible four points in a weekend home series against Odessa. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Cleveland, OH, had five points and was a +6 in the two games. On Friday, Bajzer had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss. On Saturday, he scored two more goals in a 3-2 shootout win. Since joining El Paso in early January, Bazjer has nine points in 18 regular season games played so far during the 2022-23 season. “Camden has been a very nice addition for our team and each week is progressively getting better. We are excited for his future and seeing what he can do the remainder of the season,” said Rhinos head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Chase Davis, F, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Yusaku Ando, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Simon Bucheler, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nikola Goich, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – William Gramme, G, Lone Star Brahmas – William Lawson-Body, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Sully Scholle, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Arthur Smith, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Drew Sutton, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Roman Zap, F, Amarillo Wranglers

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