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Recent U18 AAA Esmark Stars News

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.

Stars U18 Brophy Recognized by NAPHL

By DLG 05/08/2020, 12:30pm EDT

Named to '19-'20 All-NAPHL 18U Team - High Performance Division - First Team

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that Esmark Stars forward Ryder Brophy has been named to the 2019-2020 All-NAPHL 18U Team - High Performance Division - First Team.

The 17-year old western Pennsylvania native, who is a senior at Franklin Area High School in Franklin, PA, is in his first season with the U18 AAA Stars. Prior to joining the U18 squad, Brophy skated for a pair of seasons with the U16 Esmark Stars.

During the 2019-2020 season, Brophy (6'1", 190 lbs.) tallied 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists), including one power-play and one shorthanded goal, in 16 North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) regular season games and 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in five NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff Games. Brophy was also selected to participate in the 2019-202 NAPHL All-Star game and scored a goal for Team Warroad.

Overall during the 2019-2020  season, Brophy led the Stars in scoring and goals scored, as he recorded 106 points (51 goals, 55 assists), including 10 power-play goals and 2 shorthanded goals, in 63 games played.  He helped lead the AAA 18U Stars 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 NAPHL 16U season, he registered 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists), in 20 overall North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) games, including three power play goals. Overall, he recorded 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists), including six power-play goals and one shorthanded goal in 53 games.

During the 2017-18 NAPHL season, Brophy registered 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists), in 21 overall 16U AAA league games. He also helped guide Esmark to the Tier I Mid-American District Championship at 16U and a spot at the USA Hockey 16U Tier I National Championships. 

Brophy has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Lone Star (TX) Brahmas for the 2020-2021 season.

"Ryder certainly demonstrated that he was among the top midget-aged players in the nation this past season," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "And recognition by the NAPHL for his play is another feather in his cap."

Consideration and selection to the All-NAPHL 18U Team - High Performance Division Team was based on player performance in all NAPHL games throughout the 2019-20 season.