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      Stars Return to Blaine for second NAPHL Showcase

      The Esmark Stars AAA U18, U16 and U15 teams will return to Blaine, MN, Oct. 21 - 24, for NAPHL action at the league's second showcase of the 2017-18 season.

      Now in it's ninth season of action, each NAPHL 18U team will play 18 regular season games, each NAPHL 16U team will play in 17 regular season games, and each NAPHL 15U team will play nine regular season games.

      The U15 Stars (1-3-0 in NAPHL league play, 7-12-2-1 overall), will be participating in their second and final regular season showcase of the NAPHL season, and will face-off against the Washington Little Capitols, Madison Capitals, New Jersey Jr. Titans, Nashville Jr. Predators and Colorado Springs Tigers.

      At Blaine I, the U15s skated dropped decisions to Car Shield AAA (MO), Alaska AAA and Elite Hockey (CT) and grabbed an overtime win against Meijer AAA.

      The U16 Stars (0-0-0 in NAPHL league play, 9-7-1-0 overall), will be participating in their second NAPHL sponsored event of the season, but first that applies towards league standings. They will face off against the California Titans, Pursuit of Excellence (out of Vancouver, British Columbia), Colorado Springs Tigers, and Thunder Bay Kings (out of Thunder Bay, Ontario).

      At Blaine I, the U16s picked up wins over Compuware, 3-2, (HPHL), and Everett Silvertips, 1-0 (NAPHL) and dropped games to Team Illinois, 1-4, (HPHL) and the Madison Capitals, 1-2, (NAPHL), in non-league showcase games.

      The U18 Stars (1-0-0-1 in NAPHL league play, 9-7-0-3 overall), will be participating in their second NAPHL sponsored event of the season. They will face off against the Colorado Springs Tigers, California Titans, Car Shield AAA (MO), and Meijer AAA (MI).

      At Blaine I, in NAPHL action, the U18s picked up an overtime win over Shattuck St, Mary's, 2-1, and dropped an overtime / shootout game to the Sioux Falls Stampede, 2-3. They also dropped consecutive 2-3 overtime decisions to the Compuware and New Jersey Colonials, of the HPHL, in showcase action.

      "The NAPHL has proved over the years that the league is a great stepping-stone for development and training for young hockey players looking to gain experience and knowledge while working their way up to the National level," Zasowski added.

      In total, 46 NAPHL players signed tenders with NAHL teams throughout the course of the 2016-17 season.

      "What’s more impressive is that no other midget league had more players sign NAHL tenders than the NAPHL," Zasowski continued.

      "In addition, 10 players with NAPHL ties were selected in the NAHL Draft ... and in total, 56 former NAPHL players now have their rights protected by an NAHL for the 2017-18 season. In fact, during the past two years, 120 NAPHL players have signed an NAHL tender or been drafted into the NAHL, a remarkable total."

      Scouting Information / Player Advancement

      Scouts, Junior and Collegiate teams are invited to participate in the Esmark Stars Player Advancement Program.

      To receive scouting information on Esmark Stars AAA Hockey teams or players, please contact Paige Tatters, player advancement coordinator, at ( or (412) 726-9608.

      BILLET FAMILIES WANTED: 2017-2018 Season

      Know a family interested in opening their house to a travel hockey player billet for the upcoming 2017-2018 season?

      The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club is seeking families interested in serving as billet families. Families, both from within and outside of the Esmark Stars and Pittsburgh Viper Hockey Organization, are encouraged to participate.

      If your family would be interested in participating or if you have any questions, please contact Tara Gorscak @ (724) 689-9911.

      Scheduling Games with the Esmark Stars

      Tier I AAA teams interested in scheduling games with the Esmark Stars teams (Midget 18U, Midget 16U, Midget 15U, Bantam Major 2003, Bantam Minor 2004, and Pee Wee) should contact Dave Kosick, General Manager Esmark Stars AAA Hockey.

      Tryouts for the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club Tier I AAA teams for the 2017-18 season, have been concluded.

      Former Stars Enjoying Pro Life

      Checking in on a couple of former Esmark and Pittsburgh Viper Stars enjoying the 2016-17 season in the world of professional hockey.

      We take a quick look at where Matt White, Miles Liberati and Kaleb Schwab are this season.

      White is skating this season for the Dundee Stars in the EIHL in the United Kingdom.  The Stars are based out of Dundee, Scotland. White spent the prior two seasons, before crossing the pond, skating for the Indy Fuel of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). And prior to the ECHL, he spent four years at the University of Vermont, after completing his final amateur season with the Pittsburgh Viper Stars.

      Liberati is enjoying his first season in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Reading Royals. Drafted in the seventh round of the NHL draft in 2013 by the Vancouver Canucks, Liberati spent the past four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Canada's premier junior league, with the London Knights, Brampton Battalion and Kitchner Rangers. He advanced into the OHL Playoffs during each of his four seasons in the league. Liberati spent time with both the Pittsburgh Penguins (2015) and Florida Panthers (2016) at their rookie training camps, before signing on with Reading this season.

      Schwab is enjoying his second season in the Mountain West Hockey League (MWHL) with the Breckenridge Vipers located in Breckenridge, CO.  After graduating from the Stars program, Schwab would go on to play in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) for the Abitibi Eskimos and in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) for the Dryden Ice Dogs. After a full season of junior hockey, Schwab would move onto Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA for a four season run. After Mercyhurst, Schwab moved to Colorado where he landed with Breckenridge.

      Esmark Stars Coaching Applications

      The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club is now accepting applications for assistant coaching positions for the 2018-2019 season.

      The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club will consist of six (6) Tier I AAA teams for the 2018-2019 season offering teams at the ’06, ’05 and ’04 birth years along with a 15U, 16U, and 18U team. 

      The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club is a national and internationally recognized club that provides elite level training and development.  The club provides Tier I hockey players exposure on a regional, national and international level mixed with on- and off-ice training designed to allow each player to maximize their potential ... all while providing constructive lessons that allow them to excel in life.

      If you are interested in joining the coaching ranks of the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club, please click on link below and complete the form.

      If you have any questions please contact Dave Kosick at

      We appreciate your interest in joining the Esmark Stars AAA Club and helping our players ... Shoot for the Stars!

      Esmark Stars AAA 2017-2018 COACHES

      The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club is pleased to announce their head coaches for the 2017-2018 season.

      18U AAA - Dave Kosick / Yuri Krivokhija
      16U AAA - Yuri Krivokhija
      15U AAA - Derik Gaworski

      14U AAA - Eric Tisdale / Mike Heltman
      12U AAA - Luke Kopchak / Mike Heltman