Dalton Hunter Johnstown Tomahawks
Johnstown Tomahawks forward Dalton Hunter, 19, made the most of his month of December despite the team playing in just six games. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, recorded 10 points in six games during the month as the Tomahawks went undefeated with a 6-0 record. That included 6 goals, 4 assists and a +10 rating for Hunter. He currently leads the Tomahawks in scoring this season with 37 points in 30 games, which ranks 2nd in NAHL scoring overall. His 19 goals are currently tied for the league lead. “Dalton has been outstanding for us since the first game of the season. His offensive contributions have been at a high level and he really has grown into an elite player. Most of all, I am proud of his commitment to his overall game and the character he has provided for our club. We were fortunate to have an undefeated month of December and Dalton was a huge catalyst for our success. His NCAA recognition has been growing daily and I know wherever he is fortunate enough to go, that program will be getting not only a strong hockey player, but an exceptional young man as well,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.
Hunter said that his personal success in the month also coincided with team success. “I think we had to go through losing some games to really learn what was going to make us successful in the long run. I think once I got comfortable with the linemates, things really started to click. I think we played smarter hockey in December,” said Hunter. “We just want to keep putting together more wins and try and win a Robertson Cup. NCAA Division I hockey is also a goal. I want to play as long as I can because playing this sport is something I have been doing since I was little and I love to go to the rink every day.”
Runner-Up: George Mika, Amarillo Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Carballo, Wichita Falls Wildcats – John DeRouche, Topeka RoadRunners – Kevin Fitzgerald, Aberdeen Wings – Fabio Hollenstein, Springfield Jr. Blues – Tyler Jeanson, Minot Minotauros – Larry Jungwirth, Coulee Region Chill – Travis Kothenbeutel, Austin Bruins – Paul Maust, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Dylan Mills, Minnesota Wilderness – Jared Resseguie, Bismarck Bobcats – Sam Ruffin, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Mitchel Slattery, Minnesota Magicians – Hunter Stanley, Lone Star Brahmas – Josh Tripp, Corpus Christi IceRays – Zach Zech, Odessa Jackalopes