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Syracuse Stars’ Young Talent Flourish in USPHL

By Nicole Kirnan Kelly, 10/28/15, 1:45PM EDT


The Stars are eyeing the Beantown Classic as an opportunity to continue their move up the Premier division ranks. Sitting just two games below .500, much of the Stars’ recent success can be attributed to two of the youngest players in the entire Premier league. Syracuse native, Matt Kirwan, a 1999 birth year, is amongst the youngest in the USPHL Premier division. Patrick Choi (1998) joined the Stars from Seoul, South Korea. 
“For years whenever we have had special young players, there is a learning curve where it takes them a few games at this new, higher level, to adjust to the speed, the lack of time to make plays, and to get shots off,” commented Stars’ President, Don Kirnan. There is no doubt the Stars’ young players have reached full stride. Driven by their common goal of earning a college scholarship, both Kirwan and Choi have been firing on all cylinders as of late.
Matt Kirwan is tied for the team lead in goals scored with Joe Scorpio (1995) with seven a piece. Kirwan has had 11 points in 14 games and is considered a threat every time he hits the ice. Known for his shot and offensive prowess, Matt has successfully made the jump from the Stars’ U-18 team.  
Patrick Choi, 1998, played last season for the Anaheim Ducks U-16 AAA where he averaged over a point per game. Choi has adjusted to the league and has 5 goals in the past 4 games. Three of these goals came against then second place PAL Islanders.
“It’s very common now to see players committing at a young age. With Choi and Kirwan, these are two young players playing at the highest level possible and flourishing. Both are exceptional students. We look forward to a day very soon when we can announce these players’ commitments for college,” commented Head Coach Paul Kelly.
The Syracuse Stars will be competing in the Beantown Classic this weekend, Oct. 31 thru Nov. 2. Game times are Saturday at 8:50 pm, Sunday at 4:30, and Monday at 12:30 pm. For more information about the Syracuse Stars, please contact: Nicole Kirnan Kelly at