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Tkac Selected in NAHL Supplemental Draft

By DLG 05/13/2020, 12:15pm EDT

Jamestown Selects Former Stars Forward

Former Esmark Stars forward Daniel Tkac was selected by the Jamestown Rebels as the eighth overall pick in the first round of the of the 2020 Junior A North American Hockey League (NAHL) Supplemental Draft on Tuesday, May 12.

Back on April 10th, the NAHL Board of Governors approved changes to the NAHL Player Procurement System, due to unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic which prematurely ended the 2019-20 season and subsequent postponement of NAHL team Pre-Draft Evaluation Camps and NAHL Combines.

"The Supplemental Draft is necessary to serve as an additional outlet for teams to make decisions on how players performed in the 2019-20 season. A lot of time and effort has gone into scouting and recruiting. This way teams can make some decisions early,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.

“Equally as important, the rescheduling of the NAHL Entry Draft was necessary to allow teams time to make decisions on how players perform at team tryout camps.  Players develop over the summer and some of the best players in the NAHL are discovered through the tryout process."

The NAHL will hold their annual Entry Draft on July 21.

Tkac, a 19-year-old Pittsburgh native, spent the last two seasons with the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

In 2019-20, Tkac, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound left-winger, scored 11 goals and recorded 21 assists for 32 points in 45 games with Merritt.

Tkac, who skated for Esmark's U16 team in 2015-16 and 2016-17, skated for Team Slovakia at the 2020 World Junior Championships in Ostrava and Třinec in the Czech Republic.

Tkac previously was selected by the Lincoln Stars as the 115th overall pick in the eight round of the second phase of the 2020 USHL Draft.  The second phase of the USHL Draft was for players over the age of 17.

Tkac Selected in USHL Draft

By DLG 05/08/2020, 12:15pm EDT

Former Star Forward Selected by Lincoln Stars

Former Esmark Stars forward Daniel Tkac was selected by the Lincoln Stars as the 115th overall pick in the eight round of the second phase of the 2020 USHL Draft.

Tkac, a 19-year-old Pittsburgh native, spent the last two seasons with the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

In 2019-20, Tkac, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound left-winger, scored 11 goals and recorded 21 assists for 32 points in 45 games with Merritt.

Tkac, who skated for Esmark's U16 team in 2015-16 and 2016-17, skated for Team Slovakia at the 2020 World Junior Championships in Ostrava and Třinec in the Czech Republic.

The USHL, which has 16 teams spread across the midwest, including a team in Youngstown, OH, is the top Junior A Hockey league under the USA Hockey umbrella.

The first phase of the USHL draft was for players under the age of 17. The second phase was for players over the age of 17.

Stars U16 Ultanbekov Recognized by NAPHL

By DLG 05/03/2020, 9:15am EDT

Named to '19-'20 All-NAPHL 16U Team - High Performance Division - Second Team

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that Esmark Stars forward Adis Ultanbekov has been named to the 2019-2020 All-NAPHL 16U Team - High Performance Division - Second Team.

In 16 regular season 2019-20 NAPHL games, Ultanbekov, who is from Magnitogorsk, Russia, recorded 25 points (18 goals, 7 assists), including 2 power-play goals and 2 shorthanded goals.

In four 2019-20 NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoff appearances, Ultanbekov (6', 180 lbs.) recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists).  He also scored a goal and an assist in the 2019-20 NAPHL U16 All-Star game for Team Warroad.

Consideration and selection to the All-NAPHL 16U Team - High Performance Division Team was based on player performance in all NAPHL games throughout the 2019-20 season.

"Adis is clearly a very gifted player," said Stars U16 head coach Yuri Krivokhija. "He played all season like a man among boys ... and was successful in getting the puck to the back of the net."