FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending December 15, 2013. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2013-14 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.
Central Division Star of the Week: Connor Girard, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard
It looks as if the Central Division is going to be a five-horse race the remainder of the season thanks to the recent play of the Brookings Blizzard and newly acquired goaltender Connor Girard. The 20-year-old NAHL veteran and native of Edina, Minnesota was outstanding this past weekend as the Blizzard swept the 1st place Austin Bruins in a home-and-home series. Girard (6’2/201) stopped 75 of a possible 77 shots during the weekend series. On Friday in Austin, Girard made 35 saves in a 3-1 win over the Bruins. The next night in Brookings, Girard was even better as he made 40 saves and allowed just a single power play goal in a 4-1 win. Since joining the Blizzard earlier this month, Girard has played in four games and posted a 94% save percentage. “Connor has been professional, hard-working and everything we expected him to be,” said Brookings head coach Cory Laylin. “I think the team is playing with more confidence and there us a sense of urgency now and a feeling we are in this race for the rest of the season. We know it is not too late and that we can compete with anyone. Connor believes he can succeed here and take the next steps in his hockey career.”
2nd Star: Ryan Sete, forward, Brookings Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Brettingen, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings – Kyle Haak, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Jake Johnson, forward, Minot Minotauros – Merrick Madsen, goaltender, Minot Minotauros – Aaron Nelson, goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats – Nate Repensky, defenseman, Bismarck Bobcats