Matt Demelis Northeast Generals
Northeast Generals forward Matt Demelis, 18, had a very good month of February, earning him Forward of the Month honors. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Hingham, Massachusetts, totaled 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in just 8 games during the month. Demelis, who has made his NCAA Division I commitment to Northeastern University, recorded a points in six of the eight games during the month and had four multi-point games. In 43 regular season games played so far this season, Demelis has 34 points. He capped off February by playing on the NAHL Selects White team at the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. “Matt has been tremendous for us this year and has gotten better each month. He was outstanding in February and is peaking at the right time. His hands and vision are incredible and they have been on full display,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell.
“I think the entire team has really bought in and believed we can beat anybody. We have a very positive attitude in the lockerroom. When something negative happens, we put it behind us and keep moving forward. That has been the different vs. last year,” said Demelis. “There was a lot of respect in the lockerroom at Top Prospects. There were a lot of talented players there and everyone is there for a reason. You learn to put any animosity aside real quick because you want to play well and show scouts what you have. I think for me, it is just about improving my development, both on and off the ice. I just want to get better every day.”
Runner-Up: Robert Blueger, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Roberts Baranovskis, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nick Bowman, Coulee Region Chill – Kip Hoffman, Janesville Jets – Steven Ipri, Lone Star Brahmas – Filip Karlsson, Kenai River Brown Bears – Gino Lucia, Minnesota Wilderness – Aaron Maguyon, Philadelphia Rebels – Ondrej Pavel, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, Austin Bruins – Samuel Solensky, Johnstown Tomahawks – Joe Strada, Aberdeen Wings – Mitch Walinski, Bismarck Bobcats