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      and Pittsburgh Viper Hockey

      March 17-19, 2017
      @ Pittsburgh Ice Arena

      2017-2018 Tryout Dates Announced

      Tryouts, The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club 2017-2018 Seasons

      The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club has announced tryout dates for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

      As the oldest Tier I AAA program in the Mid-American District (founded in 1984 and continuously providing opportunities for elite amateur hockey players for over 32 years), the Esmark AAA program offers:

      * One team at each age level;
      * Nationally recognized elite-level coach staff;
      * 2 - 3 practices per week;
      * Off-ice instruction, including use of a full service gym at the rink
      * Participants in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) - Midget 18U, 16U and 15U;
      * Participants in the North American Futures Prospects Showcases (NAFP) - Bantam 14U and 13U;
      * Participate in high-end national tournaments, selected to best showcase elite athletes;
      * Great schedule (mix of league, tournament and home and home series) with elite AAA opponents from across the US and Canada
      * Affiliated with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL;
      * Past players have gone on to play hockey at every level, including (NHL, OHL, AHL, IHL, USHL, NAHL, NCAA Div. I & III, ACHA, Div. I & III).

      If you are interested in being added to our mailing list for additional tryout information, please forward a request "to be added to our mailing list" to Ed Dalesandro (ed@endresultonline.com).

      We look forward to seeing all interested players at our tryout sessions and encourage all to "Shoot for the Stars!"

      For additional information, please contact Esmark Stars General Manager Dave Kosick (dwk@thekmagroup.com).

      Esmark Stars AAA Hockey
      2017 – 2018 Tryout Schedule

      Pee Wee AAA - 12U (2005 and 2006 Birth Year)

      April 11 – 6:00 – 7:20 p.m.
      April 13 – 6:00 – 7:20 p.m.
      April 15 – 1:10 – 2:30 p.m.

      Bantam Minor AAA - 13U (2004 Birth Year)

      April 12 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
      April 13 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
      April 15 – 2:40 – 4:10 p.m.

      Bantam Major AAA - 14U (2003 Birth Year)

      April 12 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
      April 13 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
      April 15 – 2:40 – 4:10 p.m.

      Midget 15U AAA - (2002 Birth Year)

      April 21 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 21 – 7:10 – 8:30 p.m. (Defenseman / Goalies Only)
      April 21 – 8:40 – 10:00 p.m. (Forwards / Goalies Only)

      April 22 – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 22 – 11:00 – 1:30 p.m. (Scrimmages (1) / Assigned Teams)
      April 22 – 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Scrimmages (2) / Assigned Teams)

      April 23 – 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 23 – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Scrimmages (3) / Assigned Teams)
      April 23 – 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Scrimmages (4) / Assigned Teams)

      Midget 16U AAA - (2001 and 2002 Birth Years)

      April 21 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 21 – 7:10 – 8:30 p.m. (Defenseman / Goalies Only)
      April 21 – 8:40 – 10:00 p.m. (Forwards / Goalies Only)

      April 22 – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 22 – 11:00 – 1:30 p.m. (Scrimmages (1) / Assigned Teams)
      April 22 – 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Scrimmages (2) / Assigned Teams)

      April 23 – 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 23 – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Scrimmages (3) / Assigned Teams)
      April 23 – 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Scrimmages (4) / Assigned Teams)

      Midget 18U AAA - (1999 – 2002 Birth Years)

      April 21 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 21 – 7:10 – 8:30 p.m. (Defenseman / Goalies Only)
      April 21 – 8:40 – 10:00 p.m. (Forwards / Goalies Only)

      April 22 – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 22 – 11:00 – 1:30 p.m. (Scrimmages (1) / Assigned Teams)
      April 22 – 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Scrimmages (2) / Assigned Teams)

      April 23 – 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. (Goaltenders Only)
      April 23 – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Scrimmages (3) / Assigned Teams)
      April 23 – 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Scrimmages (4) / Assigned Teams)

      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.

      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.


      Upcoming Free Skates

      As a prelude to tryouts, the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club will be offering several free skate sessions prior to tryouts

      Whether you're an existing AAA player or a high-end AA player ready to make the move to AAA Hockey, let the Esmark's nationally recognized elite-level coaching staff prepare you for the upcoming tryout season.

      These free sessions focus on the necessary skills of skaters (passing, shooting, skating and stick handling) and goaltenders (skating, fundamentals, positioning) to succeed during tryout season.

      All sessions will be held at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena, 700 Craigdell Road, New Kensington, PA 15068.

      Midget – 18U AAA (1999 – 2001 Birth Years), 16U AAA - (2001 and 2002 Birth Years) and Midget 15U (2002 Birth Years)

      Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – All Midgets
      Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – All Midgets
      Friday, April 14, 2017 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – All Midgets
      Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – All Midgets

      Bantam – (2003 and 2004 Birth Years)

      Saturday, March 25, 2:20 - 3:50 p.m.
      Sunday, March 26, 11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
      Thursday, April 6, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

      Pee Wee – (2005 and 2006 Birth Years)

      Saturday, March 25, 1:00 - 2:10 p.m.
      Sunday, March 26, 10:00 - 11:10 a.m.

      Esmark Stars Team Schedules and Stats

      Team schedules and game results can be found on each Esmark Stars team page.

      In addition, team and player statistics can also be located on each Esmark team page.

      Stats will be updated periodically, as provided.

      Lets go 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
      16U AAA - Yuri Krivokhija
      15U AAA - Derik Gaworski

      14U AAA - Eric Tisdale
      13U AAA - Mike Heltman

      12U AAA - To Be Announced

      Coaching Applications Now Being Accepted

      The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club is now accepting applications for coaching positions for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.

      Esmark Stars AAA Hockey consists of six (6) Tier I AAA teams. For the 2017-2018 season the program will offer teams at the ’05, ’04 and ’03 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 dwk@thekmagroup.com.

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