Former NAPHL players prominent in NAHL, NA3HL awards
May 2, 2019
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce that several former players have continued the Ladder of Development by earning year-end honors and recognition in both the NAHL and NA3HL.
In the NAHL, eight former NAPHL players earned league recognition.
In the overall NAHL awards, former NAPHL’er and Bismarck Bobcats goalie John Roberts (Valley Forge Minutemen 18U, 2015-16) was recognized as the NAHL’s Leadership Award Winner. Roberts, who just finished his third and final season playing in the NAHL, was the heart and soul of the Bobcats this season. While rules prohibit his wearing a captain’s letter as a goalie, he served as a co-captain of this year’s team. His three-year dedication and hard work in the NAHL paid off in an NCAA Division I commitment to Northern Michigan University.
Minnesota Magicians forward Konner Lundeen (Omaha AAA 15U, 2016-17) was honored as the NAHL’s Academic Achievement Award Winner. Lundeen, 18, attends Lakeville North High School and has done incredible work there this season. As a junior in high school playing away from his home in Bremerton, Washington, Lundeen, a defenseman, has maintained 3.8 GPA and also had a good first season of junior hockey on the ice, playing in 35 games and recording five points.
A pair of NAPHL alumni were named to the NAHL All-Rookie 2nd team as Aberdeen Wings forward Stepan Pokorny (Tampa Scorpions 16U/18U, 2016-18) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defenseman Jordan Strand (Sioux Falls Power 18U, 2017-18) were both honored. Pokorny had 54 points during his rookie season, while Strand had 28.
Odessa Jackalopes forward Joseph Winkelmann (CarShield AAA 16U/18U, 2016-18), who recently committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bentley University, was named to the South Division All-Rookie Team after putting up 53 points in 58 games during his rook season in the NAHL.
Austin Bruins goaltender Kyle McClellan (CarShield AAA 16U/18U, 2014-18), who committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Mercyhurst University earlier this year, was named to the Central Division All-Rookie Team.
Former NAPHL’er and current Maryland Black Bears forward Luke Mountain (Shattuck-St. Mary’s 18U, 2016-17) was named to the East Division All-Rookie Team after recording 28 points his rookie season in the NAHL.
Finally, Amarillo Bulls defenseman and captain Louis Helsen (HC Dallas 16U/18U, 2014-16) was named as the South Division’s Leadership Award Winner. Helsen had 20 points in 60 games played this season and is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for RPI.
In the NA3HL, current St. Louis Jr. Blues goaltender Mikael Foucher (Cal Titans 18U, 2017-18) was named as the NA3HL’s Goaltender and Rookie of the Year. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of St-Hubert, Quebec, tied for the NA3HL lead this season with 24 wins. Overall, Foucher posted a 24-5-2 record during the 2018-19 regulae season. His four shutouts and 2.24 goals against average both ranked in the Top 10 of NA3HL goaltending statistics. He was also selected to and played in the 2019 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.
Louisiana Drillers defenseman Alex Holt (Colorado Springs Tigers 16U, 2016-17) was named as the NA3HL’s Community Service Award Winner. Holt donated his time away from the rink to visit kids at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette and talk about the game of hockey with them. In addition, on a second occasion he helped deliver toys to terminally sick kids during the Holidays. Also during the Holidays, Holt donated his time to help raise money at Acadian Village, an open-air museum that features one of the oldest authentic versions of Acadian life in southwest Louisiana in the 19th century.
Other former NAPHL players honored included Binghamton Junior Senators forward Markus Cook (Philadelphia Little Flyers 16U/18U, 2015-16) was named to the NA3HL All-Rookie 1st team and Texas Brahmas goalie Bryce Runyan (Colorado Springs Tigers 18U, 2017-18) was named to the NA3HL All-Rookie 2nd Team.