The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending October 25, 2015. The divisional stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in each of the two divisions of the NA3EHL as nominated by their head coaches.
East Division Star of the Week: Eric Szeker, defenseman, Cape Cod Islanders
Cape Cod defenseman Eric Szeker, 20, was a big part of another successful weekend for the Islanders. The native of Allentown, NJ, totaled six points and a +6 rating in three games as the Islanders went 2-1 on the weekend. After going without a point in a close 1-0 loss against the L/A Fighting Spirit on Friday, Szeker (6’1/195) had five assists as was +5 in a 10-2 home win against the Maine Wild on Saturday. On Sunday, Szeker added another assist and was +2 in a 7-2 win over the East Coast Minutemen. In 16 games played so far this year, Szeker has 13 points. “Eric has been our best all around defenseman for over the past three seasons. This year he was named our team captain. He has been a great leader both on and off the ice. He plays in every situation and is a huge reason why we have had success so far this season. His 13 points pale in comparison to his +16 rating,” said Islanders head coach Jay Punsky.
2nd Star: None
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
West Division Star of the Week: Eric Hewitt, defenseman, New York Aviators
The New York Aviators kept pace in the West Division with two more home wins over Roc City this past weekend. Defenseman Eric Hewitt, 20, was a big contributor as the native of Saginaw, MI, had five points and was a +7 in the two wins. On Saturday, Hewitt (5’9/161) had an assist and was +4 in an 8-1 win over the Royals. On Sunday, he scored two goals, including the overtime-winner, and added two assists in a 5-4 win. In 16 games played this season, Hewitt has 15 points, which ranks 4th among NA3EHL defensemen. “Eric is one of those players that makes us a different team when he is in the lineup. He obviously has tremendous skill to go along with his physical play, but his competitiveness is on a completely different level. That competitiveness helped get our team a little better every day,” said New York head coach Mike Stanaway.
2nd Star: Bogdan Khvatov, F, Jersey Shore Wildcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Raymond Falso, F, Syracuse Stampede – Chris Gasiewicz, F, Lockport Express – Jared Karas, F, Jersey Shore Wildcats – Raymond Rowe, D, Syracuse Stampede – Frank Vecchio II, F, Lockport Express – Jimmy Warrick, F, New York Aviators