Cullen Munson Janesville Jets
Janesville Jets forward Cullen Munson, 20, helped his team widen their lead atop of the Midwest Division standings with a 7-2 record in the month of January. The native of Edina, Minnesota, registered 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) during the month and was also a +3. His 13 points tied for the league lead during the month. Munson (5’11/180) had four multi-point games in January, which included two games where he had two goals in a 6-2 win over Coulee Region on January 12th and two goals in a 7-3 win over Brookings on January 14th. During the month, he was also named the Midwest Division Star of the Week on January 16th. This is Munson’s third year with the Jets in the NAHL and in 37 games played this season, he has recorded 41 points. “Cullen has been a key part of our team from day one. Obviously his offensive numbers have contributed to our success, but it's everything else about him that makes him such a special player. He is a warrior with a motor that never stops. His compete pushes everyone around him to be better everyday,” said Janesville head coach Joe Dibble.
Munson said that the entire team stepped up in January. “I think we have two very good goalies and it starts for us on the back end and with good team defense. We also have some guys who can put the puck in the net. Personally, I am having more fun out there. I am learning to not take things so series, take a deep breath and smile more. Playing for the Jets in the NAHL is fun,” said Munson. “The transition from Minnesota high school hockey was one that I adapted well to, but you have to get used to playing junior hockey. I had great billets and teammates that helped me get used to it and get to the point where I am not. I am hopeful that I can continue to improved and earn a NCAA Division I opportunity to play college hockey.”
Runner-Up: Mitch Walinski, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antonitsch, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Drew Blackmun, Aston Rebels – Marshall Bowery, Topeka RoadRunners – Nick Bruce, Johnstown Tomahawks – Evan Butcher, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ricky Carballo, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Billy Duma, Coulee Region Chill – Hampus Eriksson, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Derek Frentz, Minot Minotauros – Austin Kamer, Lone Star Brahmas – Mason Krueger, Corpus Christi IceRays - Matt Long, Springfield Jr. Blues – Justin Misiak, Austin Bruins – Carter Roo, Aberdeen Wings – Mitchel Slattery, Minnesota Magicians – Brendan Walkom, Amarillo Bulls – Michael Zuffante, Minnesota Wilderness