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Stars U18 Brophy Recognized by NAPHL

By DLG, 05/08/20, 12:30PM EDT


Named to '19-'20 All-NAPHL 18U Team - High Performance Division - First Team

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that Esmark Stars forward Ryder Brophy has been named to the 2019-2020 All-NAPHL 18U Team - High Performance Division - First Team.

The 17-year old western Pennsylvania native, who is a senior at Franklin Area High School in Franklin, PA, is in his first season with the U18 AAA Stars. Prior to joining the U18 squad, Brophy skated for a pair of seasons with the U16 Esmark Stars.

During the 2019-2020 season, Brophy (6'1", 190 lbs.) tallied 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists), including one power-play and one shorthanded goal, in 16 North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) regular season games and 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in five NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff Games. Brophy was also selected to participate in the 2019-202 NAPHL All-Star game and scored a goal for Team Warroad.

Overall during the 2019-2020  season, Brophy led the Stars in scoring and goals scored, as he recorded 106 points (51 goals, 55 assists), including 10 power-play goals and 2 shorthanded goals, in 63 games played.  He helped lead the AAA 18U Stars to the Mid-American District Championship and a spot as District Champions in the 2020 USA Hockey 18U Tier I National Championships.

During the 2018-19 NAPHL 16U season, he registered 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists), in 20 overall North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) games, including three power play goals. Overall, he recorded 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists), including six power-play goals and one shorthanded goal in 53 games.

During the 2017-18 NAPHL season, Brophy registered 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists), in 21 overall 16U AAA league games. He also helped guide Esmark to the Tier I Mid-American District Championship at 16U and a spot at the USA Hockey 16U Tier I National Championships. 

Brophy has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Lone Star (TX) Brahmas for the 2020-2021 season.

"Ryder certainly demonstrated that he was among the top midget-aged players in the nation this past season," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "And recognition by the NAPHL for his play is another feather in his cap."

Consideration and selection to the All-NAPHL 18U Team - High Performance Division Team was based on player performance in all NAPHL games throughout the 2019-20 season.