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Recent U18 AAA Esmark Stars News

Esmark 18U defenseman gets call to the NAHL

By AK 01/19/2018, 2:00pm EST

Webb to be in uniform for Tomahawks Jan. 19 & 20

The Esmark Stars of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U defenseman Ethan Webb has been called up to the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).  He is scheduled to be in uniform for games this weekend (Jan. 19 & 20, 2018) against the division leading Philadelphia Rebels.

Webb, a 6’0"/160 lbs. native of Lexington, SC, is a longtime member of the Stars organization. He has played the past three seasons in the NAPHL with either the 16U or the 18U team.

So far this season, Webb has collected 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in 17 NAPHL games.  Overall, he has tallied 35 points (5 goals, 30 assists) in 44 games for the 18U squad.

Webb,  who is 17, signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Tomahawks back in November and was named to the 2017-18 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game to play for Team South on Jan. 27, 2018.

Last season, Webb helped lead the Esmark Stars 16U team to their first ever NAPHL Dixon Cup Championship. He recorded 12 points in 22 regular season NAPHL games and added another two points in five playoff games on the way to the Dixon Cup Championship.

Webb was also named to the NAPHL 16U All-Star Game in 2016-17 where he played for Team Suter.

NAPHL Names Three U18 Stars to All-Star Game

By AK 01/10/2018, 11:30pm EST

Webb, Rossi and Brown Earn All-Star Honors

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced rosters for the fifth annual NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:00 p.m., at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN.

The U18 Esmark Stars AAA team had three members of their team named to the game, as defensemen Ethan Webb and Blake Rossi and forward Parker Brown were announced as members of the NAPHL South Squad.

The NAPHL All-Star Games will feature players who are leading the way in the NAPHL and many of whom are considered top prospects in North America in their respective birth-years.

At the 2017-18 All-Star Game, both the South and North teams will consist of 23 players (12 forwards, 8 defensemen and 3 goaltenders).

Team South

Video: Meet the South All-Stars

“The NAPHL All-Star Game is a great event each season and highlight's the league’s best players up to this point in the season," said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski.

This year's All-Star Game was pushed back a month in order to give scouts plenty of time for evaluation.

"The NAHL Central Scouting team of scouts has done a tremendous job tracking the league throughout the season and providing feedback on the top players in the NAPHL,” Zasowski added. 

The NAPHL All-Star Games are a part of the NAPHL’s fifth regular season event of the season, which will feature all NAPHL 18U and 16U teams competing in the final regular season event of the 2017-18 season.

Last season, a record number of players were tendered or drafted into the NAHL and USHL in large part because of showcase events like the NAPHL All-Star Games, along with the 18U Top Prospects tournament at the end of the season.  With a strong handful of NCAA commitments, USHL call-ups and NAHL tenders already signed, the NAPHL is expecting another banner year in terms of player advancement, including those players appearing in this year’s All-Star Game.

The All-Star teams were selected based on nominations from coaches and player evaluations from NAHL Central Scouting throughout the first four months of the season.  Additionally, consideration was given to the overall standings when determining the number of players selected from each team in addition to those players who have already signed NAHL tenders or made NCAA Division I commitments

The NAPHL All-Star Games will be broadcast live and in HD through HockeyTV.

Parker Brown Tenders with Fairbanks Ice Dogs

By DLG 12/18/2017, 9:45pm EST


The Esmark Stars of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Parker Brown has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL’s Midwest Division.

Brown, 18, a native of Hanahan, South Carolina, has enjoyed a productive first half of the 2017-18 season, as he currently leads the U18 Stars in scoring with 37 points (13 goals and 24 assists) in 40 games played, including 3 power play goals.

Brown has registered 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) in 14 NAPHL games so far this season, pacing the Stars to a 7-3-1-3 NAPHL record to date.

"Parker has demonstrated to all this season that he is on a mission to play Junior A hockey," said Stars 18U head coach Dave Kosick.   "He shows up to each practice and game determined to be a better player and never asks why." 

"He reminds me of a former Stars player, Jake Hetz, who also went on to play for Fairbanks," Kosick added.  "Hetz utilized that opportunity to secure a scholarship to Division I Ferris State."

Brown is the second Esmark player to sign an NAHL tender this season.  Teammate and defenseman Ethan Brown inked a tender with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL's East Division earlier in the season.

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 5, 2018.