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Pilewicz commits to Penn State

The Johnstown Tomahawks, members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are proud to announce that defenseman and assistant captain Adam Pilewicz announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Penn State University beginning in 2017-18.

Pilewicz, 20, a native of Sewickley, PA, has played 107 games for the Tomahawks, earning 43 points (9 goals, 34 assists) and was named assistant captain in September 2016. He also represented the Tomahawks and the East Division at the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.

"I grew up a Penn State fan and I can remember going to football games every Saturday," Pilewicz said. "I have spent a lot of time on the campus and I feel fortunate to be able to play hockey there and join my brother and sister at Penn State."

"This is an absolutely great day for the Tomahawks organization seeing Adam commit to Penn State," head coach Mike Letizia said. "He has been a vital part of our D group and our entire team over his two seasons in Johnstown. He has worked extremely hard to grow and mature his game since his rookie year and deserves the credit for the work he has willingly put in."

Pilewicz, 6’1" / 200 lbs., is an alumni of the Esmark Stars, member of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL).

During the 2012-13 season, he played for the Esmark Stars 16U team, appearing in 22 games and recording 20 points.

Located in State College, Pa., the Nittany Lions moved to Division I hockey for the 2012-13 season and recently played in the NCAA Division I Men's Hockey tournament, reaching the quarterfinals.

"Penn State was one of the top teams in all of college hockey this year and they should continue to only get better," Letizia said. "The fact that Adam will now be a part of that continued evolution and tradition is very exciting. I am proud of him for earning a fantastic opportunity and I couldn't be happier for him and his family."

Esmark 16U Forward Gorscak Signs NAHL Tender

By AK 04/01/2017, 5:01pm EDT

Signs with Johnstown Tomahawks

The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club, of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 16U forward Christian Gorscak has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Tomahawks compete in the NAHL's East Division.

Gorscak, 16, completed his second 16U season with the Esmark program during the 2016-17 season.

The 5’11”/165 lbs. native of Jeanette, PA, led Esmark in team NAPHL scoring this season with 42 points (18 goals, 17 assists in 23 regular season games; and 3 goals, 4 assists in five playoff games), leading the Stars to the NAPHL Playoff Championship … and their first ever Dixon Cup.  He was also named to the 2016-17 All-NAPHL 16U first-team.

Gorscak was also selected to and participated in the NAPHL’s annual All-Star game during both of his seasons with Esmark’s U16 team.  At the 2016-17 16U All-Star game he notched two goals for the victorious Team Suter team, in their 6-2 win over Team Dixon.  At the 2015-16 16U All-Star game, he earned an assist for winning Team OT Sports in their 4-2 win over Team Easton.

He led the Stars in scoring during the overall 2016-17 season, registering 100 points (48 goals and 52 assists), including 13 power play goals and 2 shorthanded goals, in 77 games played.

He also led the Stars in scoring during the 2015-16 season, as he recorded 59 points (29 goals and 30 assists) in 64 games for Esmark.

"Christian is such a smart player,” said Esmark 16U head coach Yuri Krivokhija.  “He sees the ice and game at a level that isvery uncommon at this age group.  On top of which he has a true scorers touch.”

A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL - plus or minus any trades - which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 6, 2017.

The Pittsburgh-based Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club, and its predecessor programs Pittsburgh Stars and Pittsburgh Viper Stars, are the oldest Tier I (AAA) program in the Mid-Am District (Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania) of USA Hockey and one of the oldest Tier I (AAA) programs in the nation.

For 33 years the Stars program has provided elite amateur ice hockey players the opportunity to be showcased on a local, national and international level.

Esmark 16U Defenseman Rapone Signs NAHL Tender

By AK 04/01/2017, 5:00pm EDT

Inks Tender with Johnstown Tomahawks

The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club, of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 16U defenseman William Rapone has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Tomahawks compete in the NAHL's East Division.

Rapone, 16, completed his second 16U season with the Esmark program during the 2016-17 season.

The 5’10”/160 lbs. native of Greensburg, PA, led Esmark’s defenseman in team NAPHL scoring this season with 23 points (6 goals, 9 assists in 23 regular season games; and 2 goals, 6 assists in five playoff games), helping the Stars to the NAPHL Playoff Championship … and their first ever Dixon Cup.  He was also named to the 2016-17 All-NAPHL 16U second-team.

Rapone was also selected to and participated in the NAPHL’s 2016-17 16U All-Star game recording an assist for the victorious Team Suter team, in their 6-2 win over Team Dixon.

He led the Stars defenseman in scoring during the overall 2016-17 season, registering 57 points (19 goals and 38 assists), including 10 power play goals and 2 shorthanded goals, in 77 games played.

During the 2015-16 season he recorded 26 points (11 goals and 15 assists) including 2 power play goals and 1 shorthanded goal, in 64 games played.

"Billy is a powerhouse,” said Esmark 16U head coach Yuri Krivokhija.  “His compete level is always on maximum and he has matured into one of the nation’s top 16U defenseman”

A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL - plus or minus any trades - which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 6, 2017.

The Pittsburgh-based Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club, and its predecessor programs Pittsburgh Stars and Pittsburgh Viper Stars, are the oldest Tier I (AAA) program in the Mid-Am District (Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania) of USA Hockey and one of the oldest Tier I (AAA) programs in the nation.

For 33 years the Stars program has provided elite amateur ice hockey players the opportunity to be showcased on a local, national and international level.