The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers are pleased to announce the organization’s Players of the Week for week ending December 8, 2019. The Players of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2019-20 regular season that recognizes top performing players for the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels. Only players that are recommended by their respective teams are considered for the Players of the Week award.
Midget 15U National - Grant Hineman, Defenseman
The 15U National team went undefeated this past weekend sweeping a three-game series against the Long Island Royals by a combined score of 15 – 6, and defenseman Grant Hineman had five points (4 goals and 1 assist) in those games.
The 15U team is 13-2-01 in sixteen AYHL games this season, only two points out of first place, and they have three games in hand. The West Chester, PA native leads the team with seventeen total points (8 goals and 9 assists) and goals (eight).
“We had a good weekend against the Royals” stated head coach Roman Bussetti. “I was really pleased with the way we played and are playing. We have a good group of boys and they work hard but this past weekend Grant stood out” concluded Bussetti.
Pee Wee Major Players of the Week – Michael Kealey, Goaltender
This past weekend, the 2007 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers traveled to Cleveland, OH to take part in a Tier 1 Elite Hockey League Showcase. Coach Joe Moran was prepared for a weekend that would be a big challenge for the team, "I talked to the team going into the weekend that we are going to have to bring our best effort to this showcase if we were going to compete for wins. We needed to be prepared for a battle in every phase of the game, as we were going to be facing several highly ranked teams."
"The competition did not disappoint, and every team showed up to play exactly the way I thought they would" said Coach Joe Moran. "All too often throughout the weekend, we were not successfully containing the pressure that was being applied on us defensively. That offensive pressure from our opponents put a big burden on our goaltenders, which is where my Player of the Week, Michael Kealey, was one of our silver linings through a tough weekend. In the 3 games Michael started he faced a total of 143 shots. The shots were just coming at him in waves, and he stood in there battling through every play and every game. He positioned himself well and gave us every ounce of energy he had, no matter how difficult the situation." Coach Moran went on to explain what most impressed him about Michael's performance, "All too often we just look at the stat sheet or the wins/losses when evaluating a young player, but that misses an important component which is the character of that player. This weekend was not an easy one for our team, or our goalies, but Michael kept such a positive attitude throughout. He accepted the challenge put in front of him and was 'all business' in dealing with it. Michael has shown me an ability to remain even keeled through the high's and low's, and I believe that is such an important part of being a successful goaltender. I am very impressed with the way Michael carried himself throughout this weekend, and I believe the spirit he brings to our locker room sets up the whole team for success as we move along in our season."
The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers are pleased to announce the organization’s Player of the Month for November 2019. The Player of the Month is a monthly feature during the 2019-20 regular season that recognizes top performing players for the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels. Only players that are recommended by their respective teams are considered for the Player of the Month award.
Pee Wee Major Player of the Month – Hunter Haas (LW)
Coach Joe Moran reflected on his team's success in November, "These past few weeks have been great for our team, and it started with our crisp, energetic practices and that work ethic carried over into really well played games. We have committed to team defense, and our goaltending has been very strong, which helped us to a 4-1-2 record over the month. Every player on this team is focused and contributing to our success, without a doubt, but the player that really stood out to me in all of this success has been Hunter Haas, my choice for Jr. Flyers Player of the Month."
"Hunter has really matured this season, and each game I am watching a player that is seeing the ice and anticipating plays before they happen." Coach Moran continued, "Hunter is really playing a selfless, team-oriented game. He is blocking shots in the defensive zone. He is making the right pass at the right time on all parts of the ice. Most of all he's not giving up on plays, but rather he's bringing intensity and determination to each shift. These are all key ingredients to his production as an offensive player, and that production showed up in a big way with Hunter recording 11 points (5G, 6A) over our seven games this month. Three of his assists resulted in game winning goals, and he also notched a hat-trick versus a strong Team Maryland. Simply put, he was a consistent presence in our games." Coach Moran concluded, "Hunter had a month of individual highlights, for sure, but most encouraging to me is that, ultimately, Hunter's individual accomplishments are rooted in his commitment to his team, and to his teammates, to give them his full effort every time he hits the ice."
The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers are pleased to announce the organization’s Players of the Week for week ending November 24, 2019. The Players of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2019-20 regular season that recognizes top performing players for the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels. Only players that are recommended by their respective teams are considered for the Players of the Week award.
Pee Wee Major Players of the Week – Matt La Buono (RW), Braeden Graham (C) and Cooper Rodgers (LW)
The 2007 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers played two division games this weekend against the New Jersey Avalanche and New Jersey Devils, and won both games. "I challenged Mattie, Braeden and Cooper with some of the most challenging minutes in our games" recalls Coach Joe Moran. "and each time they came up big for the team."
The Jr. Flyers won Saturday's tilt with the Avalanche 2-1 and came back on Sunday with a 5-3 win over the first place Devils. "These were tightly contested games and we needed to bring our best effort to each shift. This line did that time and again for us. In the Devils game, it was 2-2 in the 3rd period and this line led an offensive rush that saw 5 or 6 passes to gain the offensive zone. The play was finished off with a goal by Cooper to give us a lead we wouldn't relinquish, and it happened because everyone on the ice moved the puck and played as a team. It was textbook." Coach Moran went on to say, "Later on in that period, in the last minute or so, Matt, Braeden and Cooper were out there to finish the game for us. We were only up 4-3 and the Devils had pulled their goalie. Again, everyone on the ice worked exceptionally hard to keep possession from the Devils, which then culminated in Braeden's pass sending Mattie on a breakaway to put away the game with an empty net goal. All 3 of them stepped up big in an intense situation." Coach Moran concluded, "These are two victories the whole team can be proud of, and a lot of confidence was built within my Players of the Week. We are going to continue to get better as a team by building upon these quality moments together."
Pee Wee Minor Player of the Week – Lia Cericola
Despite playing well against the Avalanche at home on Saturday, the ‘08’s lost 4 – 2. But Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Titans was a different story. Lia got the team going with two back to back goals in the first period that ended in an 8-1 win for the Pee Wee minor team.