Omaha AAA 15U defenseman Dominic Chirico helped his club to a 4-1 record in Blaine and secure the top spot in the 15U standings for the regular season. The native of Overland Park, Kansas, had seven points in five games played in Blaine, which included a goal and six assists. Chirico (5’10/155) had three multi-point games, which also included three-assist game in a 7-1 win over Arizona. In nine NAPHL games played this season, Chirico has eight points from his spot on the blueline.
#2 Star: Everest Schneider, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Garett Silverman, New Jersey Jr. Titans
Washington Little Capitals goalie Connor Leslie, 15, played in three of the five team games in Blaine, winning all three of his starts. The 5’11/155 lbs. native of Leesburg, Virginia, allowed just two goals in his three starts, stopping 37 of a possible 39 shots. That included one shutout as Leslie stopped all 13 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win over Colorado Springs. He improved his NAPHL record to 3-2 and his goals against average to 2.22.
#2 Star: Avery Sturtz, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Max Schwarz, New Jersey Jr. Titans
Washington Little Capitals 15U forward Alton Machen, 15, helped his team to a 2nd place finish in the 15U regular season with a perfect 5-0 record in Blaine. The native of Baltimore, Maryland, recorded at least a point in all five wins and finished with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the five games. That included two multi-point games and one two-goal game. In 10 NAPHL games played this season, Machen (6’3/160) has recorded 10 points.
#2 Star: Adam Varga, Washington Little Capitals
#3 Star: Derek Hamp, Meijer AAA
For the third time this season, Omaha AAA defenseman Coltan Wilkie, 16, is the 16U Defensive Peak Performer. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Omaha, Nebraska, had 16 points in four games in Blaine, which included 8 goals and 8 assists. Wilkie had two four-point games and a six-point game in the event. He was selected to and played in the 2016 NAPHL 16U All-Star Game. In addition, Wilkie earned a commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Colorado College during the month. His 48 points in NAPHL play not only leads all defensemen, but also ranks 2nd in the entire NAPHL 16U Division.
#2 Star: Matthieu Wuth, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Nikolai Jenson, Omaha AAA
Esmark Stars 16U goalie Nico Pidro, 16, was literally perfect in the month of December for the Stars, who put together a 4-0 record at the event and moved into 2nd place in the 16U Division. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, played in two games in Blaine and posted two shutouts. On Saturday, he had 13 saves in a 4-0 win over Colorado Springs and on Sunday he had 14 saves in a 3-0 win over the Valley Forge Minutemen. Pidro has only give up one goal in his last three NAPHL starts and has three shutouts this season.
#2 Star: Kohl Reddy, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: ZJ Talamonti, Meijer AAA
For the third straight month, Omaha AAA forward Sam Redlund, 16, is the 16U Offensive Peak Performer. Omaha stayed perfect on the season and in 1st place in the 16U Division with a 4-0 record in Blaine. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Verona, Wisconsin, put up 17 more points in the four games, which included 7 goals and 10 assists. Renlund had two five-point games and a six point game in which he had four goals. Renlund leads all NAPHL players in scoring so far this season with 50 points in just 17 games played. Not only did he appear in the NAPHL 16U All-Star Game in December, but he also committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Colorado College.
#2 Star: Jordan Randall, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Brayden Uttech, Madison Capitols
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 18U defenseman Adam Millar, 17, was solid at the December event in Blaine as the native of Westminster, Colorado, chimed in with five points (all assists) from the blueline. Millar (6’4/195) posted at least a point in all four games as the RoughRiders posted a perfect 4-0 record at the event and moved into 1st place in the 18U Division. Millar was also selected to and played in the 2016 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, where he had two assists on Team Suter. His 18 points in NAPHL play are tops for all 18U defensemen so far this season.
#2 Star: Ethan Prout, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Mikey Butcher, Madison Capitols
RoughRiders 18U goalie Cisco Clark-Silva, 17, made his appearances in Blaine count for the 1st place RoughRiders as the native of Boulder, Colorado, appeared in two of the four games for the team and posted wins in both. On Saturday, Clark-Silva (6’3/200) made 14 saves in a 4-1 win over HC Dallas. On Sunday morning, he stopped all 21 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout of the Thunder Bay Kings. Clark-Silva, who is tendered by the NAHL’s Topeka RoadRunners, also played in the 2016 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, where he did not give up a goal and made 16 saves in one half of action.
#2 Star: Colin Cain, New Jersey Jr. Titans
#3 Star: Liam Murray, Meijer AAA
Omaha 18U forward Kendrick Frost, 17, helped his club to a perfect 4-0 record at the NAPHL event in Blaine in December. 6’5/190 lbs native of Lee’s Summitt, Missouri had 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists in four games played at the event. That included multi-point games in all four and two goals in three of the four games. Frost, who has signed an NAHL tender with the Aston Rebels, also was selected to and played in the 2016 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, where he had a goal and an assist for Team Suter. In 15 NAPHL games this season, he has 22 points.
#2 Star: Andrew Walker, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Anthony Callin, Madison Capitols
Omaha 16U defenseman Aaron Bohlinger, 16, had a breakout event in Colorado, recording nine points in four games as Omaha posted a perfect 4-0 record at the event. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Walden, New York, chimed in with 9 points (all assists) in the four wins. That included four assists in a 9-3 win over Madison and two assists each in wins over Pursuit of Excellence and Rocky Mountain. Bohlinger, who has 14 points to date in 13 games played, scored nine of his 14 points to date at the Colorado event.
#2 Star: Coltan Wilkie, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: William Rapone, Esmark Stars
Everett Jr. Silvertips goalie Devin Chapman, 15, led his squad to a perfect 4-0 record in Colorado, playing in three of the four games at the event. The 5’10/150 lbs native of Williams Lake, British Columbia, allowed just three goals in 157 minutes of action, while facing 55 shots. Chapman made 29 saves and stopped both shootout attempts in a 2-1 shootout win over St. Louis. He also made 11 saves in a 6-0 shutout of HC Dallas. In his final game, Champman made 12 saves in a 4-2 win over Madison. To date, Chapman has a 7-3 record with a 2.42 goals against average.
#2 Star: Adam Ulan, Esmark Stars
#3 Star: Christian Cicigoi, Thunder Bay Kings
For the second straight month, Omaha AAA forward Sam Redlund, 16, is the 16U Offensive Peak Performer. Omaha stayed perfect on the season and in 1st place in the 16U Division with a 4-0 record in Colorado. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Verona, WI, put up 10 more points in the four games, which included 3 goals and 7 assists. Renlund recorded a four-point game in a 7-1 win over the Northern Cyclones and had multi-point games in three of the four outings. Renlund leads all NAPHL players in scoring so far this season with 33 points in just 13 games played.
#2 Star: Logan Will, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Alex Konovalov, New Jersey Jr. Titans
St. Louis defenseman Brendan Blair, 17, helped his team stay in 1st place in the NAPHL’s 18U Division with a 3-1 record in the Colorado event. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, contributed five points at the event, which included points in three of the four games. Blair (6’1/195) had a goal and four assists, which included assisting on all three goals in a 3-1 win over Rocky Mountain. For the 2016-17 season, Blair leads all Selects defensemen in scoring with eight points in 13 games played.
#2 Star: Cade Roberts, St. Louis Selects
#3 Star: Adam Millar, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Fresh off their win at the Bauer World Invite the week before, the Madison Capitols and goalie Nathan Severtson picked up three more wins in Colorado, with Severtson, 17, posted a 2-0 record at the event. The native of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, made 19 saves in a 6-0 shutout of high-powered Meijer AAA and then he allowed just one goal and made 19 more saves in a 4-1 win over the Esmark Stars. For the season, Severtson (6’4/170) has a 5-1 record with a 1.49 goals against average and a 92.4% save percentage.
#2 Star: Tripp Hutchinson, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: George McBey, HC Dallas
Meijer AAA forward Tyrone Bronte, 17, continued his great season by putting up some more great numbers at the third NAPHL event of the season in Colorado. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Heathmont, Australia, had eight points during the four games in Colorado. Bronte, who is tendered by the NAHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, recorded a point in three of the four games, which included a five-point effort in a win against Shattuck St. Mary’s and a two-point game in a loss to Rocky Mountain. For the season, Bronte leads the NAPHL 18U Division in scoring with 25 points in 13 games played.
#2 Star: Brandon Wilky, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Gavin Gulash, New Jersey Jr. Titans
Adams, 15, helped Meijer AAA to a 1-1-3 record in their NAPHL debut event. The 6’0/165 lbs. native of East Grand Rapids, Michigan, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the first five games of the season in league play. That included a goal and an assist in his NAPHL debut, which was a 5-4 overtime loss against Colorado Springs.
#2 Star: Bobby Staring, Washington Little Capitals
#3 Star: Lucas French, Omaha AAA
Omaha 15U goalie Avery Sturtz posted a perfect 5-0-0 record during the first event of the season as Omaha took an early lead for 1st place in the 15U Division. The 6’0/155 lbs. native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa allowed just six goals in the five wins, posting a 1.22 goals against average and a 92.2% save percentage in the process. That includes two shutouts in wins over New Jersey and the Northern Cyclones.
#2 Star: Michael Morelli Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Andrew Owens, Washington Little Capitals
Robertson, 15, recorded at least a point in each of the five games in his NAPHL debut event. The 6’4/160 lbs. native of Bowie, Maryland had nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in the five games as the Little Capitals posted a 3-2-0 record. Robertson had three multi-point games, which included two goals and an assist in his NAPHL debut in a 7-3 win over Esmark.
#2 Star: Connor Lundeen, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Adam Varga, Washington Little Capitals
Omaha 16U defenseman Coltan Wilkie, 16, was at it again for his club at the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Omaha, NE, led the way with 11 points in four more Omaha wins and earned his second consecutive Apex Peak Performer awards for NAPHL 16U defensemen. Wilkie had a goal and 10 assists in the four wins, which included five assists in a 10-0 win over Pursuit of Excellence, three assists in a 5-1 win over Meijer and a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Esmark. Wilkie’s 24 points leads all NAPHL players in scoring, despite being a defenseman.
#2 Star: Jack Millar, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Nikolai Jenson, Omaha AAA
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders goaltender Andrew Miller, 16, was busy at the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Boulder, CO, appeared in three games for his team and put together 2-1-0 record. Miller faced a total of 72 shots in three games and made 69 saves, giving up just three goals. He made 32 saves in a close 2-1 loss to division-leading Omaha. He stopped all 21 shots that came his way in a 2-0 shutout of California. In his final game, he made 16 saves in a 5-1 win over Valley Forge. For the season, Miller has a 4-2-0 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a 92.4% save percentage.
#2 Star: Henry Graham, Colorado Springs Tigers
#3 Star: David Reduzzi, St. Louis Selects
Omaha is off to another strong start in the 16U Division of the NAPHL as they lead the way with a 9-0-0 record, which included a perfect 4-0-0 record at the second event in Blaine. Forward Sam Redlund, 16, led the way for Omaha at the event with 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in the four wins. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Verona, WI, recorded three points in three of the four wins and two points in the other win. That included three game-winning goals in wins over Meijer AAA, Rocky Mountain and Esmarck. To date, Renlund ranks 2nd in scoring among all NAPHL 16U players with 23 points in nine games played.
#2 Star: Alex Konovalov, New Jersey Jr. Titans
#3 Star: Christian Gorscak, Esmark Stars
As the Meijer AAA 18U team was climbing the standings with a 3-0-1 record at the second event of the season in Blaine, they leaned heavily on defenseman Jared Kucharek. The 18-year-old defenseman from Parma, OH, had a very productive four games, as he posted six points (3 goals, 3 assists). Kucharek (6’3/195 lbs.) had two multi-point games at the event, which included a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Arizona Bobcats and a goal and two assists in a 5-0 win over California. Kucharek ranks 2nd among all NAPHL 18U defenseman with 11 points to date.
#2 Star: Hunter Canestra, Valley Forge Minutemen
#3 Star: Jovan Zimmerman, New Jersey Jr. Titans
Shattuck-St. Mary’s 18U goalie Thomas Lalonde, 16, improved his season record to 4-0-0 in the NAPHL with two more wins during the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’8/145 lbs. native of Montreal, PQ, was perfect in his two games played as he posted two shutouts with wins over Wenatchee and Thunder Bay. Shattuck-St. Mary’s finished the event with a 3-1-0 record. Lalonde made 13 saves in a 4-0 win over Wenatchee and then made 30 saves in a 1-0 shootout win over Thunder Bay, which including stopping all three shooters in the shootout. He leads the NAPHL 18U Division with a 0.74 goals against average and a 96.4% save percentage.
#2 Star: Bryce Hanson, Madison Capitols
#3 Star: Alec Coakley, Washington Little Capitals
Northern Cyclones forward Kyler Head, 17, had quite the four games at the second NAPHL event in Blaine. The native of Malone, NY, put up nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in the four games and recorded multi-point outings in all four games as the Cyclones posted a 2-2-0 at the event. That included a three-point outing in a 5-4 loss to division-leading St. Louis and two games where Head (6’4/200) had a goal and an assist. Head ranks tied for 6th in NAPHL 18U scoring to date with 14 points in nine games played so far this season.
#2 Star: Tyronne Bronte, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Jacob Marti, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
16U veteran Coltan Wilkie picked up right where he left off in NAPHL play, continuing his offensive contributions for Omaha AAA from the blue line. The 16-year-old defenseman collected 13 total points (1 goal, 12 assists) in his first four games of the 2016-17 season. The 5’9/175 lbs from Omaha, Nebraska helps his team go undefeated (5 wins) while in Blaine. Head Coach David Wilkie noted the defenseman’s efforts by saying, “Coltan Wilkie is an outstanding member of our U16 team. He plays a ton of minutes, and give his all through every situation during the game. He is a great defender and skater who has tremendous puck skills and smarts on the ice. He is a captain and very important piece of the Omaha U16 team this year.”
#2 Star: Nikolai Jenson, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Jonathon Lambos, Omaha AAA
HC Dallas returner Hunter Adams secured a perfect slate during the NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, grabbing 3 wins that included 2 shutouts. The 6’3/ 165lbs goaltender collected 57 saves in 153 minutes of action, posting a .936 SV%. A native of Arlington, Texas, Adams held his ground for a 1.00 GAA through 3 games. Head Coach Jon Klemm noted his performance by saying, “I'm very pleased with the way Hunter played this past weekend in Blaine. His preparation was outstanding, when your goalie plays with the confidence and poise that Hunter did, it rubs off on the rest of the team. Our team played extremely well in front of him, but when there was a break down, Hunter made the big save. That's what you ask of your goalie...give us a chance to win. Hunter definitely did that this past weekend.”
#2 Star: Adam Ulan, Esmark Stars
#3 Star: Dmitri Kochan, Madison Capitols
St. Louis’ rookie Joe Winkelmann opened up his 2016-17 NAPHL season with a 12-point performance, netting 5 goals and 7 assists in 5 games. “I was very excited by Joe's performance in Blaine,” said Head Coach Jack Behan. “It was a great reward for his hard work this off season. Joe was terrific all weekend - which is a continuation of what he's accomplished in our early season so far.”The 16-year-old grabbed one game-winning goal and two power play tallies for the Selects in his debut. Winkelmann, a 5’10/162 lbs forward, hails from St. Louis, Missouri.
#2 Star: Joey McIntyre, HC Dallas
#3 Star: Sam Renlund, Omaha AAA
Omaha’s 17-year-old Garrett Anderson found himself on the score sheet with 2 goals and 6 assists in 5 games played at the first NAPHL Showcase of the season. The 6’2/205 lbs defenseman hails from Elkhorn, Nebraska. “Garrett Anderson is a veteran in our hockey club,” said Head Coach David Wilkie. “He is a great player who can log a lot of minutes and play in every situation while also being a complete 2 way defenseman. He is a captain and one of our very best leaders on and of the ice.”
#2 Star: Calvon Boots, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Dawson Plott, HC Dallas
Zach Kinard collected all W’s at his first NAPHL Showcase event for 2016-17, walking away with 3 wins that included one shutout performance. The 5’10/ 170lbs rookie goaltender posted a .944 SV% in 153 minutes of play, making 68 total saves. The York, PA native saw his best game against Shattuck-St. Mary’s on Saturday, were he stopped all 33 shots to collect his shutout. Head Coach Sean Cannon noted Kinard’s performance by saying, “Zach is a highly skilled goalie who does not lack confidence. Zach thrives to be the best at his craft, and aspires to be the best every time he hits the ice.”
#2 Star: George McBey, HC Dallas
#3 Star: Liam Murray, Meijer AAA
Rookie forward Brendan Sheehan made his presence known in his NAPHL debut, scoring 4 goals and 5 assists through 4 games. The 6’2/200 lbs 18-year-old collected a 4-game point streak in his first games in 18U, including the game-winning goal in Omaha’s final contest of the event. In addition to his offensive efforts, the St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin native added up 29 PIMs. Head Coach David Wilkie commented on the performance by saying, “Brendan Sheehan is an outstanding addition to our team. He is a big , strong power forward who can also shoot the puck a ton. He had a great weekend in Blaine and we certainly hope he continues that quality of play for our team this season.”
#2 Star: Andy Willis, St. Louis Selects
#3 Star: Tyronne Bronte, Meijer AAA