Empire Players/Coach of the Month Selectees, February 2009
Coach: Tim Pelletier
Team: New England Jr. Huskies
Coach Pelletier guided the Huskies to a 9-1-1 February record and the 3rd best record in the National Conference (6th overall).
This is Tim's first year with the Huskies' Empire team and he's done an admirable job of filling the shoes of long time Empire Coach Jon Gardner who moved up to the EJ staff. Although new to the Huskies, Tim is not new to the League...he coached the Valley Jr Warriors for their first two seasons in the Empire.
Tim played high school hockey for Bishop Guertin and is a graduate of Plattsburg State University were he played hockey all 4 years and served as captain his senior year. After playing in Europe, he spent three years coaching in the Warriors organization. Last year he was an assistant at Div. II St. Anslems College. He will be back at the helm of the 2009-2010 Huskies to the benefit of his players, the Huskies organization and the League.
Team: New England Jr. Falcons
Cam put up 13 points over his last 9 games to emerge as the 2nd leading scorer among league defensemen. This rangy defenseman from East Longmeadow, Mass. put up 12 goals and 41 points in his second season with the Falcons and was a key to their success this past campaign.
Cam was a force in 5 on 5 situations...only 1/3 of his points (14), came on special teams. With 29 assists and only 28 PIMS on the season, Cam was a consummate team player who was the right man on the blue line in any situation. His work ethic on and off the ice have gained him
interest from ECAC Northeast programs as well an EJHL offer.
Player: Stu Wilson
Team: Maksymum Jr. Hockey
A strong February performance propelled Stu from 8th place to the 4th leading scorer for the season. This 17 year old forward is a 2nd year veteran from Pittsford, NY who has come into his own this season as one of the League's premier players.
On a tear in February, Stu had 7 goals and 22 points in his last 13 games. A key man on special teams with 4 PP goalies and 1 shortie, Stu totaled 13 points in odd man situations. Add to this the fact that 2 of his goals were game winners and his importance to the Maksymum squad can't be overstated.
Over the season, Stu played in all 44 games and garnered 71 points. 28 of these points were on special teams. His PIMS are remarkable. In 44 trysts, he picked up 8 penalty minutes. That's not a misprint...4 minors in 44 games. If the League had a Lady Byng, it would be hard to argue against Stu as the leading candidate.
Players: Tyler Holske
Team: Junior Bruins
Holske, from Attleboro, MA had a strong February for the Junior Bruins. He went 6-1-1 in an "up and down"month in which the Bruins had an month. His two wins against cross conference Tri-State and Jersey helped solidify a spot at Nationals as the Bruins had the top cross conference record at 9-0-1. His best game of the month was a brilliant 43 save performance on the road at the Valley Warriors.
In addition to his 6-1-1 record he had a 2.03 GAA and a .91 save percentage in February. His strong finish in the past month improved his season long totals to a 16-2-3 record, a 2.08 GAA (3rd best in the league), a .903 save percentage and 5 shut outs (best in the league).