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Recent U18 AAA Esmark Stars News

Becker Selected Top Goaltender in 16U

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of December.

The players were selected based upon their performance during all NAPHL games played in November, including events in Dallas, TX, as well as head-to-head games at team sites.

Esmark U16's Blaise Becker was selected 16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) for December.  The 16 year-old native of Phoenix, AZ, allowed just a single goal in two wins, which included 10 saves in an 11-1 win over the East Coast Spartans and a 20-save shutout of Meijer AAA.

This is the second consecutive month that Becker (6’1"/165 lbs.) has captured the top performer award for 16U goaltenders.

In eight overall NAPHL performances this season, Becker has accumulated an overall record of 8-0-0-0 in nine appearances, allowing only 9 goals in those eight appearances, recording two shutouts, and compiling a goals against average of 1.13 and a save percentage of .942.

Overall, Becker has a record of 11-4-0-1 in 16 appearances, allowing 24 goals against in those appearances, recording three shutouts, and compiling a goals against average of 1.48 and a save percentage of .931.

Pazo Drafted by Northern Cyclones (NCDC)

By DLG 06/13/2020, 7:00pm EDT

18U Forward Selected by USPHL NCDC Club

Pittsburgh, PA - The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Edward Pazo was drafted by the Northern Cyclones in the 2020 USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) Entry Draft.

A native of Jefferson Hills, PA, the 17-year old junior at Thomas Jefferson High School has skated for the Stars for a pair of seasons.

During the 2019-20 season, Pazo (6'3", 200 lbs.) registered 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 16 regular season NAPHL games and 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in five NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff games for the U18 AAA Stars. Overall, Pazo registered 92 points (33 goals, 59 assists), including 13 power play goals and a +57 plus/minus rating on the season in 62 games played, helping lead Esmark’s Midget Major squad 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 season, Pazo registered 16 points (6 goals, 6 assists), including 3 power play goals, in 15 NAPHL regular season games and 7 points (1 goal, 6 assist) in four NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff games for the Stars U16 AAA squad. Overall, Pazo registered 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists), including 3 power play goals, in 53 games played for Esmark.

"During the past season, Eddie clearly demonstrated that he knows how to finish," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "And lots of teams have expressed interest in him because he brings physical size to that finishing touch."

The NCDC Conference of the USPHL is a 13-team tuition-free junior hockey league entirely located in the Northeastern United States.

The Northern Cyclones, skate out of the Cyclones Arena in Hudson, New Hampshire.

Mitchell Signs with Worcester Jr. Railers

By DLG 05/13/2020, 3:15pm EDT

18U GOALTENDER COMMITS TO EHL CLUB

Pittsburgh, PA - The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U goaltender Danny Mitchell has signed a Eastern Hockey League (EHL) contract agreement with the Worcester Railers Junior A Hockey Club.

The 18-year old Mars, PA native, who is a senior at Mars Area High School, completed his second stint with the U18 AAA Stars this past season.

During the 2019-2020 season, Mitchell (6'3", 165 lbs.) had an overall record of 20-5-2-2 in 30 overall appearances, with a .912 save percentage and a goals against average (GAA) of 2.20, including one shutout. In nine regular season North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) appearances , Mitchell has a 4-1-0-2 record, with a .911 save percentage, a goals against average (GAA) of 2.21.  In NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff action, Mitchell was 1-0-0-0 in two appearances. He was also selected to and played in the NAPHL U18 All-Star game.

During the 2018-19 season, Mitchell was undefeated in NAPHL 18U regular season play accumulating a 8-0-0-0 record, including three shutouts in eight games played, with a .909 save percentage and a goals against average (GAA) of 1.88.  In NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff action, Mitchell went 1-1-0-0 in two appearances. During the 2018-2019 season, Mitchell had an overall record of 22-4-1-0 in 30 overall appearances, with a .920 save percentage and a goals against average (GAA) of 1.97, including five shutouts. 

"Danny played a large role in our squad winning the Mid-American District Championships and earning the district spot in the USA Hockey National Championships the past two season," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "He brings a very professional approach to his play and is determined to succeed."

"Danny was part of an elite goaltending tandem our squad had," Kosick added. "He and his playing partner give us a chance to win every night."

Mitchell is the seventh member of the 2019-2020 Esmark Stars to secure a deal with a Junior A club for next season. Fellow goaltender Connor Strobel and defenseman Dustin Gergerach, tendered with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL; defenseman Lane Ruffner and forward Alex Walker tendered with the Wichita Falls Warriors of the NAHL; forward Ryder Brophy tendered with the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL; and forward Tyler Stewart tendered with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL.

Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Railers Junior Hockey Club is in the EHL's New England Conference.