Coach and Player of the Month
Coach of the Month-
Mike Langen – U15AAA Sabres
It has been evident Mike strives to connect with his players and make sure every player leaves the rink or a virtual session feeling good about themselves and puts a smile on their face. Mike has shown the ability to build a sense of resiliency and never quit attitude in his team, key characteristics our association values. “Mike has been a great addition to our coaching team. He has remained positive and has done a great job showing his players he cares about them as people and their development. He has been very creative in engaging his team during this pause, it has been fun to watch” said CNHA GM of Hockey Operations, Jesse Hale.
Players of the Month-
U15 – Austin Bruce – U15AA Canucks
Austin has made a point to take ownership of development during the pause to ensure he is able to continue to help his team compete upon the return. Austin is a first year Northstar and has the ability to bring energy to his team every day. “He is a driven player, shooting 100 pucks a day now that we are away from the rink. He shares skill videos and skill challenges to his teammates. He is a great teammate and finds ways to make his peers better even though we aren’t together, that is leadership”. Raved Austin’s coach, Colm McCabe, when asked about his nomination.
U16 – David Omene– U16AAA Blazers
David is a true talent with standout speed and skill. He showcased that skill early in November putting up 3 goals to complete the hat trick against Royals Gold on Nov 3. He continued having the hot hand adding another goal in his next game Nov 7. His 4 goals in 3 games puts him in a tie for 1st in the AEHL heading into the pause. “There is no denying his skill and I believe he can be a top tier player in the AEHL this season and be a contributing for the Northstars association for years to come. What is truly impressive though is his leadership and the soft skills in great person that make his a true talent” explained Blazers Head Coach Kyle Finch when asked about Omene.
U18 – Matthew Suderman – U18AA Blazers
Matthew has been a 5 year Northstar and continues to grow physically and emotionally to contribute as a presence on the ice and in the dressing room. He emerged as a leader from day one and has had success on the ice with 2 points in 3 games from the 6’4 defenseman. Head Coach of the Blazers, Sean Gilbert has seen Matthew really step up as a veteran with development moving virtually. He has been active in all CNHA development sessions and holds others accountable to ensure everyone is commitment to using the time off to continue to get better physically and mentally.
All players of the month will receive a gift package from Under Armour and Players Bench Team Apparel to show appreciation for their efforts and accomplishments.
Congrats to all of our October Players/Coach of the Month!
Coach of the Month-
Jeff Krichew – U16AAA Canucks
Jeff has shown a knack for building positive relationships with his players and focusing on development early this season. He has been a great example of what CNHA is looking for in all coaches within the association showcasing player development, team building, innovation, and being a great person. “I have been very impressed with how Coach Krichew carries himself with this team, his organization skills and his development process that is a marathon not a sprint” said CNHA GM of Hockey Operations, Jesse Hale.
Players of the Month-
U15 – Hudson Roach – U15AAA Sabres
Hudson symbolizes the excellence of all athletes in the game. He is constantly looking to improve and find ways to help him his development path. He is tenacious on the ice and embodies the spirit of the great players that have come before him. “He comes every ice time ready to perform at his best and leads on the ice by example. He is a constant learner and is not afraid to ask questions and applies the lifelong learner principal to his everyday life” said Head Coach Mike Langen. Hudson had two goals in three games in October.
U16 – Devin Butz – U16AA Kings
Devin is a player that come to the rink everyday ready to put in the work in order to help himself and his teammates develop and has been a leader from very early in the Kings season. “I love his work ethic in practice and it has proved to help put him in great spots during out first few games this season. He has been one of our top forwards on a consistent basis and I can only see him getting better as the season goes on” raved Kings Head Coach Grant Gauthier when asked about Butz. Devin has shown leadership and has been an example for his peers while playing through adversity and hardships.
U18 – Reece Van Staden – U18AA Blazers
Reece has been a great Northstar throughout his career and has continued to develop and have a great start to the 2020/21 season. One area the Blazer netminder has really shown from day one this season is leadership on and off the ice. Head Coach of the Blazers, Sean Gilbert has seen Reece really step up as a veteran in the dressing room and his compete level on the ice makes sets the tone and makes everyone better. During his first start this season, Van Staden posted a 32 save Shutout to help his team secure the win.