FRISCO, Texas – The North American Prospects Hockey League announced Friday that players from both the Thunder Bay major and minor midget Kings have earned Elite Division All-Star team laurels as well as multiple NAPHL Academic Honour Roll spots for the 2018-19 season.
The NAPHL-champion under-18 Kings, who are also hosting the TELUS Cup Canadian National Midget Hockey Championship, April 22-28, at the Fort William Gardens, saw three of its players selected to the U-18 Elite all-star squad, in forwards Nikolas Campbell, Nicholas DeGrazia and goaltender Jordan Smith.
Campbell and DeGrazia finished second and third respectively in NAPHL scoring averaging over a point-per-game for the squad.
As for Smith, he finished second in the league in goals-against average with a stingy 1.31 mark and also boasted a .926 save percentage.
He was even better in the NAPHL Dixon Cup playoffs, sporting a 1.00 GAA and .957 save % in helping backstop the Kings to their first-ever league title.
Earning NAPHL U-18 academic recognition for Thunder Bay’s U-18s were Campbell, Christian Veneruzzo, Anthony Biniaris, Gareth Aegard and Jordan Baranesky.
As for the under-16 Kings, Alex Pineau was named to the U-16 Elite all-star quad on defence.
He helped bolster the club’s defensive corps and chipped in with 10 points in finish in a tie for sixth in offensive production among U-16 rearguards.
Also, Pineau, along with, Jack Cook, Alex Atwell, Drew Caddo, Gage Stewart, Hunter Matyasovzsky, Jack Michaelis, Jacob Sargent, Jeremy Dunmore, Julien Lefebvre, Noah Broughton, Nolan Desjardins and Shaymus Stevenson all earned places on the NAPHL U-16 Honour Roll for their scholastic endeavours.