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NAHL Alumni Update

January 11, 2024

Former NAHL and Minot Minotauros goalie Tyler Parks was named the ECHL Goalie of the Week.

NHL #3 Star of the Week: Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (Odessa Jackalopes) - The Winnipeg Jets announced that goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the week ending Jan. 7. Hellebuyck, 30, began the week with a 34-save performance in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. On Thursday, the 2020 Vezina Trophy winner stopped 28 of 29 shots in Winnipeg’s 2-1 victory in San Jose. Finally, Hellebuyck recorded 15 saves in Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Commerce, Mich. native finished the week a perfect 3-0-0 with a 1.68 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.  

ECHL Goalie of the Week: Tyler Parks, Ft. Wayne Komets (Minot Minotauros) - Tyler Parks of the Fort Wayne is the  ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 1-7. It is the third time in his career that he has received the weekly honor. Parks went 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .983 in two appearances last week. The 31-year-old stopped all 26 shots in a 1-0 win at Kalamazoo on Wednesday and made 32 saves in a 4-1 victory over Iowa on Saturday. Under contract to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League, Parks is 11-5-2 in 21 appearances with the Komets this season with one shutout, a 2.85 goals-against average and a save percentage of .916. 

Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Will Gavin, Air Force (Springfield Jr. Blues) - Air Force senior Will Gavin became the fourth player in Atlantic Hockey history to record three power-play goals in a game in the Falcons’ 7-3 win at Bentley on Saturday. The Durham, Conn., native’s hat trick was the second of his career, which tops all active Atlantic Hockey skaters. In addition to the three tallies, Gavin also assisted on the game-winning goal for his first career four-point game. This is his fourth career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor. 

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Walter Zacher, Robert Morris (Austin Bruins) - Robert Morris forward Walter Zacher led all Colonial skaters over the weekend in goals with three in RMU’s sweep of Stonehill. The Buffalo, N.Y., native recorded his first career three-point effort with two goals and an assist in Friday’s 8-1 victory for his third career multi-point game. On Saturday, he contributed an assist in the Colonials’ 7-3 win to extend his points streak to four games (3g-4a). This is his first career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor. 

CCHA Forward of the Week: Lleyton Roed, Bemidji State (Minnesota Magicians) - Roed led all conference skaters with four points on two goals and two assists, while also posting a league-best +3 rating in the Beavers’ road split at Ferris State last weekend. On Friday, he dished out a pair of helpers in a 4-1 Bemidji State victory. He then netted two goals in a 5-3 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday. For the week, he had four shots on goal and three blocks at the defensive end of the ice. 

CCHA Defenseman of the Week: Evan Murr, Minnesota State (St. Cloud Norsemen) - Murr paced CCHA blueliners with three points last week, collecting three assists in a tie and a win at Augustana. He was +2 for the weekend, with six shots on goal and one block defensively. On Friday, he set up the Mavericks’ second goal of the night in a 3-3 draw. He then dished out assists on both Minnesota State tallies in a 2-1 victory on Saturday. 

CCHA Goaltender of the Week: Keenan Rancier, Minnesota State (Minot Mintauros) - Rancier went 1-0-0 with league-bests in goals-against average (1.00) and save percentage (.963), helping Minnesota State to a 2-1 victory at Augustana on Saturday. He stopped a total of 26 shots on the night, including 12-of-13 while the Mavericks were shorthanded, helping the team to a 4-for-5 penalty kill. Half of his saves came in the second period as he went 13-for-13 in the frame. 

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