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George Mika & Matt Nehls Collect NAHL Divisional Awards

press-releaseAMARILLO, TX – It was another award winning day for two members of the Amarillo Bulls as the North American Hockey League handed out its divisional hardware.

Forward George Mika was chosen as a member of the All South Division team for his terrific season on the ice, and Captain Matt Nehls was selected as the Community Service Award Winner for the South Division for his contributions on the ice and to Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle.

The divisional teams and honors represent the four divisions in the NAHL: Central, East, Midwest and South Divisions, as voted upon and selected by the league’s 24 head coaches.  The awards are based on performance during the 2016-17 regular season.

Mika, who hails from Naples, Florida finished the season with 30 goals and 39 assists for 69 points in 60 games. He finished just one point back of the league scoring title, despite having a shootout win goal for his team that did not count in the final numbers.

Mika, who is committed to UMASS-Amherst (Hockey East), was chosen twice as the South Division Player Of The Week during the season, and the NAHL Player of the Month for September on another occasion. He had 17 multi-point games and three times where he picked up four or more points in a weekend.

It was also announced that Defenseman and Bulls Captain Matt Nehls has been chosen as the South Division Community Service Award Winner. It’s the second year in a row that the Bulls have won the Division Community Service Award as Joey DiBenedetto took it home during the 2015-16 campaign.

Nehls, a native of Boulder Colorado, attended every Bulls Community event ranging from March of Dimes, to School and Hospital Visits as well as helping out with the Amarillo Youth Hockey Program. Nehls also donated over 70 hours alone to the Snack Pack 4 Kids Program where he helped out by planting and maintaining the community garden, stocking the shelves and bringing his teammates along to team packing event nights.

The remainder of the NAHL 2016-17 season awards including the All-NAHL Teams, Most Valuable Player, Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Vaughn Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, General Manager of the Year, Executive of the Year and Organization of the Year, along with the Academic Achievement Award, Leadership Award and Community Service Award, will be all be announced on Wednesday, April 26th.

 

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its All-Division teams and honors for the 2016-17 season.

South Division

All-South Division Team

Forward: Frankie Melton, Shreveport Mudbugs

Forward: George Mika, Amarillo Bulls

Forward: Chase Thudium, Odessa Jackalopes

Defense: Croix Evingson, Shreveport Mudbugs

Defense: Simon Loof, Lone Star Brahmas

Goalie: Tomas Vomacka, Corpus Christi IceRays

South Division Most Valuable Player & Forward of the Year: Frankie Melton, Shreveport Mudbugs

South Division Defenseman of the Year: Croix Evingson, Shreveport Mudbugs

South Division Goaltender of the Year: Tomas Vomacka, Corpus Christi IceRays

South Division Coach of the Year: Dan Wildfong, Lone Star Brahmas

South Division General Manager of the Year: Scott Muscutt, Shreveport Mudbugs

South Division Organization of the Year: Shreveport Mudbugs

South Division Academic Achievement Award: Ben Churchfield, Topeka RoadRunners

South Division Leadership Award: John Zimmeran, Lone Star Brahmas

South Division Community Service Award: Matt Nehls, Amarillo Bulls

 

 

Central Division

All-Central Division Team

Forward: Matt Barry, Bismarck Bobcats

Forward: Paul Cotter, Brookings Blizzard

Forward: Reid Stefanson, Minot Minotauros

Defense: Andy Carroll, Aberdeen Wings

Defense: Tyler Vold, Minnesota Wilderness

Goalie: Forbes Ploszaj, Aberdeen Wings

Central Division Most Valuable Player & Forward of the Year: Paul Cotter, Brookings Blizzard

Central Division Defenseman of the Year: Tyler Vold, Minnesota Wilderness

Central Division Goaltender of the Year: Forbes Ploszaj, Aberdeen Wings

Central Division Coach of the Year: Scott Langer, Aberdeen Wings

Central Division General Manager of the Year: Marty Murray, Minot Minotauros

Central Division Organization of the Year: Minot Minotauros

Central Division Academic Achievement Award: Jared Resseguie, Bismarck Bobcats

Central Division Leadership Award: Gage Mackie, Aberdeen Wings

Central Division Community Service Award: Tyler Jeanson, Minot Minotauros

 

East Division

All-East Division Team

Forward: Andrew Bellant, Aston Rebels

Forward: Nick Bruce, Johnstown Tomahawks

Forward: Dalton Hunter, Johnstown Tomahawks

Defense: Gvido Jansons, Aston Rebels

Defense: Brennan Kapcheck, Aston Rebels

Goalie: Mareks Mitens, Aston Rebels

East Division Most Valuable Player & Goaltender of the Year: Mareks Mitens, Aston Rebels

East Division Forward of the Year: Dalton Hunter, Johnstown Tomahawks

East Division Defenseman of the Year: Brennan Kapcheck, Aston Rebels

East Division Coach of the Year: Joe Coombs, Aston Rebels

East Division General Manager of the Year: Joe Coombs, Aston Rebels

East Division Organization of the Year: Aston Rebels

East Division Academic Achievement Award: Austen Halpin, Northeast Generals

East Division Leadership Award: Dom Garcia, Aston Rebels

East Division Community Service Award: Ryan Wheeler, New Jersey Titans

Midwest Division

All-Midwest Division Team

Forward: Michael Maloney, Janesville Jets

Forward: Caleb Schroer, Coulee Region Chill

Forward: Mitch Slattery, Minnesota Magicians

Defense: Travis Brown, Minnesota Magicians

Defense: Steven Quagliata, Coulee Region Chill

Goalie: Erik Gordon, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Midwest Division Most Valuable Player & Forward of the Year: Caleb Schroer, Coulee Region Chill

Midwest Division Defenseman of the Year: Steven Quagliata, Coulee Region Chill

Midwest Division Goaltender of the Year: Erik Gordon, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Midwest Division Coach of the Year: Joe Dibble, Janesville Jets

Midwest Division General Manager of the Year: Rob Proffitt, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Midwest Division Organization of the Year: Janesville Jets

Midwest Division Academic Achievement Award: Ryan Leibold, Springfield Jr. Blues

Midwest Division Leadership Award: Cole Paskus, Janesville Jets

Midwest Division Community Service Award: Cole Paskus, Janesville Jets