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15U Stars D-Man Recognized

By DAG, 11/01/17, 11:00PM EDT


Gray Selected Second Star by NAPHL

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that Trent Gray, a defenseman with the Esmark Stars U15 team, was selected as the Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performer U16 Number Two Star - Defenseman, for the month of October.

The award was based upon player performance at the second NAPHL event of the 2017-2018 season which took place in Blaine, MN, Oct. 20-23.

Gray, a native of Greensburg, PA,  (5’9"/195 lbs.), recorded five points in five games (3 goals, 2 assists), including one power play and one shorthanded goal, in helping lead the Stars to a 4-1-0-0 record at the final NAPHL regular season showcase for the U15 division.

"Trent was a steadying force for us on the blue line," said Esmark 15U head coach Derik Gaworski.  "He had a good weekend and made a lot of big lays for us."

Gray has recorded 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 27 games so far this season, including 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in NAPHL league-play.

The 15U Stars finished the 9-game NAPHL regular season with a 5-4-0-0 record and earned the sixth seed in the upcoming NAPHL 15U Playoffs, to be held Dec. 1-4, 2017, in Blaine, MN.

After each NAPHL league event, the league's central scouting staff selects top performers (three stars), for the 18U and 16U divisions, as well as the 15U division for events in which they participate, for offense, defense and goaltending.

The NAPHL is comprised of five regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament in which the top teams in each division compete for a league championship. The third NAPHL event of the 2017-18 season will take place from Nov. 10-13, 2017, at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, MI.

Now in its ninth season, the NAPHL is composed of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U & 15U) teams from across North America that compete at the Tier I level.

The NAPHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs and has established itself as the premiere training ground for development and exposure.

Not only have players in the NAPHL received recognition from NHL Central Scouting, dozens have received scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and hundreds more have been drafted and tendered by North American Hockey League (NAHL) and United States Hockey League (USHL) teams.

The NAPHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, is designed to maximize the exposure of all the participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events that attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts.

For more information on the NAPHL, visit

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