The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of September. The Easton Hockey NA3EHL Forward of the Month is Jimmy Warrick from the New York Aviators. The Easton Hockey NA3EHL Defenseman of the Month is Cole Skelly from the Skylands Kings. The Vaughn NA3EHL Goaltender of the Month is Anton Zemba from the Cape Cod Islanders. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3EHL monthly awards.
Easton Hockey NA3EHL Forward of the Month: Jimmy Warrick, New York Aviators
In the month of September, few players were better than Jimmy Warrick. The 19-year-old forward from Chicago, IL, tied for the NA3EHL scoring lead with 18 points in seven games played as the Aviators jumped out to a 6-1 start. Warrick (5’7/180) recorded at least a point in all seven games and he had mutli-point games in six of them. His totals included six goals, 12 assists and a +15 rating. His best outing came on September 26th when he had five points in a 7-2 win at Roc City. He also scored the game-winning goal in the club’s season debut in a win over Syracuse. “I am very happy that Jimmy has been able to receive this honor from the league. He is certainly worthy of any recognition. Not only has he shown to be a tremendous hockey player but his academic success and dedication to community and to children is something that really sets him apart from others. He is the type of player every team and league would love to have,” said New York head coach Mike Stanaway.
Runner-Up: Dylan Jenkins, Lockport Express
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Aaron Deady, Cape Cod Islanders – Alex Sanchez, Skylands Kings – Mason Smith, East Coast Minutemen
Easton Hockey NA3EHL Defenseman of the Month: Cole Skelly, Skylands Kings
Skylands Kings defenseman Cole Skelly, 18, made his mark in the team’s first three games as the expansion Kings got off to a great start in the month of September with a 2-1 record. The native of Landing, NJ, recorded at least a point in all three games and was a +5 during the month. Skelly (6’2/190) totalled six points in the three games. In the team’s season debut, Skelly had a two assists in a close 5-4 loss against New York. The next weekend, he put up four points, including two goals in a weekend home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre Miners. "Cole has so far been everything we expected. We named Skelly our captain earlier this month and he has lived up to the expectations. He has had some success offensively but it is what he has done defensively that is most impressive. He is a guy that we rely on heavily to guide our young defensive corps,” said Patrick Choules, Director of Hockey Programming for the Kings.
Runner-Up: Eric Szeker, Cape Cod Islanders
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon MacDonald, East Coast Minutemen – Gibson Stuart, Lockport Express
Vaughn NA3EHL Goaltender of the Month: Anton Zemba, Cape Cod Islanders
Although he played in just two games during the month, Cape Cod goalie Anton Zemba, 18, made the most of it as the native of Warick, RI, posted two wins and some great numbers to help the Islanders to a 4-1 record. Zemba (5’11/165) won both his starts, which both came on the road against the New England Stars and Northeast Generals. In the win over Northeast, Zemba made 32 saves and allowed just two goals and in the win against New England, he posted a 37-save shutout. He led the league in goals against average and save percenatge during the month. “Anton is a technically sound goaltender with great positioning and rebound control. He displays a quiet confidence in net that gets our bench fired up. Our boys know we have a chance to win every night with the goalies we have,” said Cape Cod head coach Jay Punsky.Runner-Up: Aiden Critchlow, East Coast Minutemen
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sal Stalteri, Lockport Express – Mathias Yettering, Skylands Kings
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Vaughn is the official Goaltending Equipment Partner to the NAHL and serves as the Preferred Goaltending Equipment Supplier of the NA3HL, NA3EHL and NAPHL. Founded in 1982, Vaughn became one of the first major hockey production companies to use multiple foam layers in equipment. As strictly a goalie equipment company, the main focus for Vaughn is the innovation and quality of their product. Visit Vaughn online at: www.vaughnhockey.com