The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced All-NAPHL First, Second and Third Teams in the 18U division for the 2017-18 season.
The Esmark Stars U18 AAA had two players, Ethan Webb, defenseman, and Parker Brown, forward, selected as second-team All-Stars to the All-NAPHL 18U team.
In 18 regular season NAPHL games and five NAPHL playoff games, Brown tallied 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points, including one power-play goal. He was also selected to play in the NAPHL U18 game where he scored a goal for Team South who dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Team North.
Overall, in 61 games, Brown tallied 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points, including 4 power-play goals and a short-handed goal.
In 18 regular season NAPHL games and five NAPHL playoff games, Webb tallied 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points, including 1 power-play goal. He was also selected to play in the NAPHL U18 game where he recorded an assist for Team South.
Overall, he tallied 45 points (7 goals and 38 assists), including one power play goal, in 61 games played by the U18.
Brown and Webb helped lead the U18 Stars to their first ever Dixon Cup Championship as 2017-18 playoff champions of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL, a 36-17-2-6 overall record and and to the Mid-American District Championship game where they finished as runner-up to the nation's number one ranked 18U team.
Both players have received tenders for the 2018-19 season, with Brown tendering with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Webb with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Webb appeared in 3 games for the Tomahawks this season and recorded an assist.
"Brownie and Webby both had outstanding seasons and deserve all the accolades they have received," said Stars U18 head coach Dave Kosick. "They both understood that rewards come from hard work and they certainly brought their A-game all season long."
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced its All-Academic Teams in the 15U, 16U and 18U divisions for the 2017-18 season.
Consideration and selection was based on classroom performance during the 2017-18 school year. To qualify for the All-NAPHL Academic Team, student-athletes, nominated by a coach, must have achieved high academic standards during the current school year.
(All-Academic Selection was limited to four maximum per team.)
Esmark Stars AAA players recognized as NAPHL Academic All-Stars for the 2017-18 school year, include:
U15 - Daniel Baranowski, Jensen Kubina, Joshua Martino, Mitchell Nanny
U16 - Ryder Brophy, Aden Bruich, Milan Cermak, Lane Ruffner
U18 - Antonio Binotto, Andrew Jacobs, Gavin Morrison and Oldrich Virag
The Esmark program submitted lists of names for consideration at all three levels that far exceeded the maximum of four allowed per member program at each level.
"I am very proud of the players selected as Academic All-Stars," said Stars 18U Head Coach and program General Manager Dave Kosick. "The time and dedication to be a high-end Tier I AAA player while maintaining superior excellence in the classroom is to be applauded."
"Whether you made the All-Academic Team or not, we salute and congratulate all of our student athletes who maintain academic excellence ... without seeking special exemption from the day-to-day requirements ... all while managing the rigors of playing elite travel hockey," Kosick added.
The Esmark Stars of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Jared (J.T.) Schimizzi has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
Schimizzi, 18, who completed his first year at 18U recorded 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists), including one power-play goal, in 18 regular season NAPHL games this season, helping lead the Stars into the NAPHL Playoffs and their first 18U Dixon Cup as NAPHL league playoff champions. In five playoff games, Schimizzi added 2 points (2 assists).
Overall, the 6’0" / 168 lbs. native of Greensburg, PA, recorded 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists) in 61 games, including six power-play goals and one shorthanded goal, for the Stars U18 AAA team.
Last season, Schimizzi helped lead the 16U Esmark Stars team to their first ever Dixon Cup Championship, where he recorded 21points (6 goals, 15 assists) in 27 games (22 regular season and 5 playoff games). He was also selected to participate in the NAPHL 16U Top Prospect’s game.
"I am so very happy for JT," said Stars 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "He shows up every day, prepares hard, and has stayed focused on creating an opportunity for himself at the next level. His hockey acumen and IQ truly are off the charts."
Schimizzi is the fifth player from this year’s Esmark Stars 18U team who has signed an NAHL tender agreement, joining teammate Parker Brown in Fairbanks, as well as Ethan Webb and Andrew Murphy (Johnstown Tomahawks) and Blake Rossi (Amarillo Bulls).
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