SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) announced Monday that forward Hudson Chitaroni (Greater Sudbury Cubs); defenceman Andrey Manov (Blind River Beavers) and goaltender Connor Hatfield (Soo Thunderbirds) have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending September 24.
HUDSON CHITARONI, (F) GREATER SUDBURY CUBS – A productive two-game stint for the rookie forward saw him register seven points in a pair of high-scoring victories for league-leading Greater Sudbury.
The 16-year-old Chitaroni, who calls Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., home, began his week by notching his first NOJHL hat trick in a home ice win over French River Thursday and then followed that with two tallies, and a couple of assists, Sunday in a triumph over Espanola.
He currently tops all first-year players in the league in both goals and point-per-game average at six and 2.00 respectively.
ANDREY MANOV, (D) BLIND RIVER BEAVERS – The 19-year-old blueliner from West Vancouver, B.C., performed admirably at both ends of the ice during the time frame, which produced a pair of wins for Blind River.
Manov began with a couple of helpers in a decision against Powassan Friday, then scored twice, including collecting the game-winner, Sunday as the Beavers got by Iroquois Falls.
He’ll enter the final week of September leading his club in offensive numbers, with a dozen points, which also slots him second overall among NOJHL defencemen.
CONNOR HATFIELD, (G) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – Making an immediate impression for the Thunderbirds, Hatfield posted a shutout in his league debut in blanking Iroquois Falls Saturday night.
His efforts also helped Sault Ste. Marie pick-up a point in a shootout setback Sunday afternoon against Powassan, going 1-0-0-1 in his first two league appearances.
The 18-year-old from Saskatoon, Sask., already holds the early lead among NOJHL netminders in goals-against average at 1.44; sits in front in terms of save percentage, and also shares top spot in shutouts, with one.
EASTLINK TV 3 STARS
Oliver Smith, (F) Greater Sudbury Cubs
Spencer Horgan, (D) Espanola Paper Kings
Alex Little, (D) Powassan Voodoos
Nolan Newton, (F) Greater Sudbury Cubs
Owen Cassidy, (D) Iroquois Falls Storm
Braydon Garnhart, (G) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Hudson Chitaroni, (F) Greater Sudbury Cubs
Andrey Manov, (D) Blind River Beavers
Connor Hatfield, (G) Soo Thunderbirds
Chitaroni: Caleigh Fera / Sudbury Light Entertainment Photography
Manov: Helene Rancourt
Hatfield: Bob Davies