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Former Stars Standout Defenseman makes NCAA commitment

By Alex Kyrias, 05/20/21, 8:30PM EDT


Johnstown defenseman Webb commits to Stevenson University

Pittsburgh, PA - The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey organization of the North American Prospect Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that  former Stars AAA Hockey player, Ethan Webb has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Stevenson University beginning in the 2021-22 season.

Webb is currently a standout veteran defenseman for the Johnstown Tomahawks, of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), whom he joined during the 2017-18 season

Since joining the Tomahawks, Webb, 21, has played a crucial role on and off the ice with the team. The 6’0/160 lbs. native of Lexington, South Carolina, was a part of the Tomahawks 2018-19 Robertson Cup run, where their season ended in the Robertson Cup semifinals This season he helped lead the Tomahawks to another regular season title in the NAHL's East Division and a spot in the upcoming NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs as the number one seed in the East Division.

“Ethan has been such a quality member of our team since arriving to Johnstown,” said Tomahawks Head Coach Mike Letizia. “His consistent play is something that as a coach you find so valuable.”

“He is a throwback type player who defends well and does whatever it takes for the team to win,” added Letizia. “He has grown and matured as a player over his time here and I think he will be a great asset to the Stevenson hockey program.”

Webb has appeared in 123 career NAHL regular season games during the past three years and recorded 30 points. During the 2020-21 season, he posted nine points in 40 games played and was named the assistant captain.

Prior to playing in the NAHL, Webb skated for the Esmark program for three seasons, following the "NAPHL to NAHL ladder of development."

He appeared in the 2017 NAPHL 16U All-Star Game and the 2018 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, in addition to playing in the 2018 NAHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament for the NAPHL East Team.

In 45 career NAPHL games with the Esmark 18U and 16U teams, Webb recorded 29 points.

"Ethan is an old-school style player who truly prides himself on his defensive play," said Dave Kosick, Esmark Stars U18 AAA Head Coach. 

"I am happy to hear about his NCAA commitment and would expect him to thrive in that environment as well," Kosick added.