Empire Players of The Week - November 04, 2011
Player: Michael Addison
Team: Hampton - 95 (Chesapeake, VA)
Addison is a rock on the blue line for the Whalers. A young defenseman, in his sophomore season Michael puts up big minutes every night and is a staple on the top pair. Also seeing considerable time on the PP and PK. Addison Had another good showing against the East Coast Eagles Scoring the game winner on Saturday Night in a 4-3 win.
Player: Brian Ruff
Team: - Buffalo Stars - 1994 (Clarence, NY)
Rookie forward Brian Ruff erupted with a 6 goal explosion on Sunday over the Potomac Patriots. After falling behind 3-0 Ruff scored 4 straight 2nd period Buffalo goals en route to a 7-4 victory. Ruff added 2 in the 3rd period. Ruff also scored a goal and an assist the day before as Buffalo defeated Potomac 3-2 in a shootout. Ruff finished the weekend with 8 points.
Players: Joe Keyser
Team: Florida Jr Blades – 1992 (Albany, NY)
Joe Keyser is continuing his sophomore season in style. This past weekend Joe backstopped the Florida Jr Blades to their 12th win and his second shutout of the season against the cross town rival Florida Eels. Joe currently sits 2nd amongst all Empire Goaltenders with a 6-0-1 record and an impressive Goals Against Average of .96. Keyser a native of Albany, NY decided to bring his talents south last season and helped lead the Jr Blades to nationals. He enjoyed the experience and player development so much so he decided to return for his sophomore season. "It's an incredible family here, we train hard and we have created a winning culture that we all feed off of, this past weekend was an extension of that." stated Joe Keyser. "Joe is a workhorse he logs long minutes between the pipes and works extremely hard on and off the ice, he definitely doesn't ever miss a rep." stated Associate coach Jake Laime. Joe Keyser has continued to stack up impressive numbers for the Blades he currently is 6-0-1, has two shutouts and only six goals against his save percentage is .945%.
Coach: Justin Stanlick
Team: Jersey Wildcats
It says a lot about the head coach when his team has 4 more points at the end of October than they did at the end of the prior season. Whether it is off season recruiting, the “X’s & O’s” or force of personality, Justin Stanlick has found a recipe that sees the Wildcats at the top of the Western Conference on All Soul’s Day. With the exception of a long week in early October where they dropped one to a much improved Pics team and then two to perennial powerhouse Apple Core, Justin has had his team on the right side of the score sheet since day one.
Justin is a home grown product, having been a player for the Wildcats in their inaugural years. When his playing years ended, Justin moved into the coaching ranks. In late 2006, Justin founded the Wildcats Elite Organization which assembles high level tournament teams to travel to top east coast events, such as the Chowder Cup, International Pre Draft Showcase, Toronto College Prospects and Hub City tournaments. The teams have been a great success, seeing many NCAA Division 1, Division 3 and Junior A players filter through the program.
Coach Stanlick, a Level 5, is in his 5th year of coaching and his 2nd year as Empire HC.