Forward: Tanner Hartman, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Hartman (‘01/Chicago, Ill.) has certainly proven his mettle as a former USPHL Premier standout getting the job done in the NCDC. After scoring 39 points in 28 games played last year, he has six points through eight games already in 2021-22. At the Hitmen Classic, Hartman tied a five-year-old NCDC record by scoring two shorthanded goals in one game, in which he also added an assist to help the Monarchs beat the Philadelphia Hockey Club.
Defense: Ryan Hintz, Twin City Thunder
Another Chicago-area product, Hintz (‘03/Rockford, Ill.) helped the Thunder to a sound 7-4 victory against the Islanders Hockey Club. He posted a power play goal in that win and was strong on the blue line all weekend long, including leading his team in power play minutes. Hintz and Forward of the Week Tanner Hartman are both Chicago Fury alumni, but never played on the same team there.
Goaltender: Nick Bernstein, Twin City Thunder
Bernstein (‘01/Valley View, Ohio) has gotten the job done at the USPHL Elite and USPHL Premier levels, and now he’s taken his career to the next level with the Thunder’s NCDC squad. Early on, he is undefeated in regulation with a 1-0-1 record. He got his first NCDC win in the 7-4 victory over the Islanders, stopping 30 of 34 shots.
Forward: Patriks Marcinkevics, Jersey Hitmen
The ‘01-born Latvian returned to the NCDC after a year away and has picked up right where he left off. This past weekend, at the Hitmen Classic, Marcinkevics posted five goals - two on the power play - and three assists for a dominating eight-point performance. He is currently tied for second in NCDC scoring.
Defense: Gabe Lunn, Utica Jr. Comets
Lunn (‘03/Buffalo, N.Y.) has been Mr. Defense for the Jr. Comets, leading the way in shot blocks (nine), hits (five) and is a plus-3 for the South Division-leading Jr. Comets, who split the weekend against the host Connecticut Jr. Rangers. He is also tied for fifth in defenseman scoring with a 1-5-6 line through eight games, half of which were scored this past Saturday.
Goaltender: Jacob Torgner, Philadelphia Hockey Club
Torgner (‘03/Mjölby, Sweden) is enjoying his first NCDC season - his third in North America - and posted a pair of wins at the Hitmen Classic, including a 31-save shutout. After blanking the Boston Advantage in his first game, he went out and stopped 34 of 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against the perennial Dineen Cup-contending Junior Bruins, currently the North Division leaders.