Nick Cardelli Brookings Blizzard
Brookings Blizzard forward Nick Cardelli, 19, had a memorable month of February as the Blizzard stayed in the thick of the Central Division playoff race. The native of Wood Dale, Illinois, played in nine games during the month and totaled 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) to go along with a +6 rating. Cardelli (5’10/175) had five multi-point games during the month of February. He was also named to the Central Division team for the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, where he recorded an assist in two games. For the season, Cardelli is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 43 points in 46 games played. “Nick has played well all year, but last month he took his game to a new level with compete and scoring. I think that his play with his line mates Brandon Kruse and Brenden Stanko had been he difference,” said Blizzard head coach Dan Daikawa.
“Being in the battle we are involved in the Central Division for one of the top four playoff spots has really made our team focus each and every game. I really have to credit my linemates, who have all been very good,” said Cardelli. “I think we have the talent on this team to make a run for the Robertson Cup. If we make the playoffs, I think we can be a dangerous team. After that, I would love to get an NCAA Division I scholarship and play college hockey,” said Cardelli.
Runner-Up: Nick Bruce, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Adams, Minot Minotauros - Carson Dimoff, Aberdeen Wings - Hampus Eriksson, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Steven Ipri, Amarillo Bulls - Matt Long, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brad Power, Corpus Christi IceRays - Nick Rosa, Wichita Falls Wildcats - Caleb Schroer, Coulee Region Chill - Jensen Zerban, Aston Rebels