50 Players, 50 Days: Michael Lempiainen
April 20, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NA3HL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NA3HL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players, 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 34 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, who are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NA3HL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NA3HL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Michael Lempiainen, Forward, New England Stars
With three NA3HL seasons under his belt already, New England Stars forward Michael Lempiainen, 21, made the 2019-20 campaign his best yet. He posted career highs in points and assists to once again be a top-five scorer on his team, and, for the first time, lead the Stars in points, finishing his career averaging just shy of a point-per-game.
A 5-foot-9, 165-pound native of Corona, CA, Lempiainen started his NA3HL journey in 2016-17, putting up 18 points in 42 games. He followed that up by doubling his production in year two, with 36 points in 44 games, earning a spot on the 18U Selects White team at the 2018 Top Prospects event. And after again raising the bar in 2018-19 with 54 points in 40 games and a career-high 22 goals during the regular season, Lempiainen continued his positive trajectory with 18 goals, 46 assists and 64 points in 47 games this season, earning another nod to the Top Prospects event, where he posted a goal and two helpers in three games this February. Lempiainen concludes his NA3HL career with 62 goals and 110 assists for 172 points in 173 games.
Lempiainen cut his teeth in the NAPHL before joining the Stars, playing for both the San Diego Gulls 16U and 18U teams during the 2015-16 showcase season, potting five goals and two assists in 16 games for the 16U's.