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Maier, Lottes, Koster and Miller Honored by Pittsburgh Penguins as Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month

by Brittany Goncar / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins honored Penn-Trafford’s Daniel Maier, Quaker Valley’s Jayson Lottes, Kittanning’s Heinz Koster and Thomas Jefferson’s Kyle Miller as the Highmark High School Players for their outstanding performance in the month of February. The awards were handed out during the first intermission of the Penguins-Maple Leafs game at CONSOL Energy Center Wednesday night.

Maier exploded for nine goals and 16 points in four games as Penn-Trafford went 3-0-1 to clinch a section title and guarantee a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The senior forward had seven points in a 9-5 win over Fox Chapel.

Lottes is a senior forward at Quaker Valley and played a huge role in the team’s bid for a No. 1 seed in Class A. He collected four goals and 14 points in five games.  Also a standout in the classroom, he will attend Michigan State to study biochemistry.

Lottes was shocked to find out he was nominated and agreed to give his coach’s son a ride to say thank you.

“It felt great,” Lottes said. “I didn’t really know I was in the running for it until I got the phone call so it was a surprise.  After (my coach) told me I had to give his son a ride because he nominated me for the award. “

Koster, a senior forward, rang up eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in three games for Kittanning. He is the leading scorer this season in Class A of the PIHL with 91 points on the season.

Points don’t matter to Koster, he is just happy to enjoy that atmosphere and share it with his family.

“They are pretty happy,” Koster said. “I think my mom cried a little bit. They’re just happy, excited for me. They love coming if I get something. “

Miller also enjoys sharing the gift of hockey. The senior forward is a volunteer for youth hockey programs at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon every Sunday where he helps 4-9 year-olds sharpen their skating and stick handling skills.

On the ice, Miller led Thomas Jefferson to two wins in three games by registering seven goals and four assists.

The senior has in mind the same thing that every hockey player does right now - playoffs.

“We have a game against South Fayette,” he said. “That’s our first round game. Hopefully, we can get a win against them. We’ll see. If we keep playing hard who knows how far we can go. “

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