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NAPHL announces 2021-22 T1ER All-18U Midget Major Teams

By DLG, 06/13/22, 6:00PM EDT


Kozlina and Varmecky Honored

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced its All-NAPHL T1ER 18U Teams for the Central, East, and West Divisions for the 2021-22 season.

Consideration and selection were based on player performance in all NAPHL regular season and playoff games throughout the 2021-22 season.

The 18U Esmark Stars AAA Hockey team had two players, forward Shane Kozlina and defenseman Liam Varmecky, named to the All-NAPHL Tier I 18U-Central Team for the 2021-22 season. 

In 28 regular season 2021-22 NAPHL appearances, Kozlina, a first-year member of the U18 Esmark Stars who is from Cranberry Township, PA, recorded 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) including three power-play goals, three shorthanded goals and four game-winning goals. He added one goal in four Dixon Cup NAPHL Playoff games. Additionally, he added a pair of assists in the NAPHL All-Star game.

Overall, Kozlina, a Senior at Seneca Valley High School who was tendered by the North Iowa Bulls of the NAHL, recorded 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists), including four power-play goals and four shorthanded goals, in 60 games played.

"Shane's high energy style of play made him a must-watch player," said Stars 18U Head Coach Dave Kosick. "He captured the attention of scouts and junior coaches and announced himself as one of the best players in the NAPHL."

Varmecky, a returning player to the Stars who is from Gibsonia, PA, recorded 24 points (21 goals, 18 assists) including two power-play goals and one game-winning goals in 28 regular season NAPHL games played. He added two assists in four Dixon Cup NAPHL Playoff games. Additionally, he was selected to and played in the NAPHL All-Star game. Varmeck was tendered by the Danbury Jr Hat Tricks of the NAHL and appeared in 13 NAHL games after completing the 2021-22 season.  He also appeared in one regular season game for the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Overall, Varmecky, a graduate of Pine Richland High School, recorded 51 points (11 goals, 40 assists) including four power-play goals and a +/- rating of a team leading +49, in 61 games played

"Liam certainly puts up points and is a gifted player" Kosick said. "But his cerebral style of playing defense ... matched with his size, skill, reach, vision and grit ... make him an elite level player."