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Ice Hawks Update: October 14th & 15th Weekend Edition

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News & Notes   

Friday, Oct. 14 at Breezy Point 7:30
Saturday, Oct. 15 vs Breezy Pt at Rec.Center 7:05

Coach Jon Jonasson has the Breezy Point North Stars in 1stplace in NA3HL’s West Division.  In the teams 1st meeting of this season, the Hawks dropped the season opener in Breezy Point.  Two former Ice Hawks are currently on the North Stars staff.  Tony Fulton who was a forward on the 1999-2000 Ice Hawks team is currently an assistant coach and North Stars G.M. Craig Larson previously served as an Ice Hawks scout.

Breezy Point Players to watch-  Leading scorers:  #18 Tyler Larwood 8g 10a- 18pts; #22 Tristyn Sabina 7g 8a- 15pts; #26 Josh Laven 5g 10a- 15pts  Goalies:  #1 Bronson Moore  2.78 gaa  92.3 save%; #33 Sam Moberg  3.43gaa 89.7 sav%

Ice Hawks News

The injuries continue!  The Hawks are struggling to keep a healthy team on the ice. The following players are out for at least this weekend- Charlie Bill (expected out 4-6 weeks), Willie Meyer (expected return- mid December), Nick Wagner, and Andrew Gates.  Ethan Sievek, Dylan Boysen, Johnny Zwarych, Zach Curry and Colin Hass are currently’ day to day’ and will be reevaluated prior to this weekend’s games.  Drew Schenkenberg and Alex Tarr are not eligible for Friday, 10/14.  The Hawks will once again go with Jr. Hawks call-ups- Daytin Zimmerman-Fatis (available 10/14 & 15) and Trevor Timm who is available 10/15.  Coach Nick Fatis will not to serve on the bench this weekend due to his ejection in last Friday’s game.

2016-17 Team: Youngest, least experienced Hawks team ever. 
Last week it was noted here that Daytin Zimmerman-Fatis was the first 2000 birth year player to appear on the roster.  In fact, defenseman Riley Cook, also a 2000 birth year, was the first 2000 to play in an Ice Hawks game.  The current team is by far the youngest/least experienced in team history.  This year’s squad includes two-2000 birth year players, six-1999 birth years and nine-1998s.  A total of 17 of the team’s roster are 18 years old and younger.  Two of those are returning player.

A total of seventeen (including 2 1997s are rookies in Jr. Hockey.  Over the years, the most successful Junior teams tended to be older with more experienced players.

With such a young squad, the Hawks coaching staff have structured practices to meet the needs of their younger players.  The staff is looking for a variety of indicators to assess progress in their development. Coach Vinnie Susi is responsible for breaking down game video and tracking more subtle specific player performance indicators.

Young Hawks Hard Working and Community Oriented
This year’s team, although young, has developed a reputation for their excellent work ethic.  Their participation in the Mayo Hockey Performance program, team practices,and games reveals an extremely hard working group. Despite their ‘rough’ start, there is very good ‘chemistry’ and camaraderie among the players and staff.  Additionally, these youngsters have embraced the Ice Hawk commitment to community service. Their most recent community activity was participation in the Walk to School Day program of the public schools.  These players may be young but they are learning early to give back to the community.  See photo below.

Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day