McQuillan, Moscone, Levitt, McMahon Honored by Pittsburgh Penguins As Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins honored Westmont Hilltop’s Noah McQuillan, State College’s Danny Moscone, Chartiers Valley’s Cullen McMahon and West Allegheny’s Jonathan Levitt as the Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month on Tuesday night during their game against the New York Rangers at CONSOL Energy Center.
The awardees were recognized for their outstanding performance on and off the ice for the month of January. The Penguins and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield honor high school hockey players four times each season as a small gesture of their support of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) and local amateur hockey.
McQuillan, a senior forward, tallied seven goals and nine points in five games for Westmont Hilltop. Among them was the game-winning goal over previously undefeated Mars. As team captain, McQuillan also led his team in raising over $5,000 for brain cancer research.
Meanwhile, Moscone had no idea that he was even in the running to be a PIHL player of the month.
“I didn’t even know I was nominated,” Moscone said. “I got the call when I was leaving school one day in the parking lot. I was pretty surprised and I was happy. I was just really appreciative to be a part of it. “
Moscone, a senior center, exploded for 12 goals and 21 points in five games for State College. He recorded a four-goal, seven-point game against Hempfield in addition to a four-goal game against Erie-McDowell.
Only a sophomore, McMahon was also surprised and flattered to be nominated by his coach.
“It’s probably one of the greater moments of my life right now,” he said. “It makes me feel good about myself and it makes me feel like I’m doing a good job.”
McMahon, a forward, registered one goal and eight points in four games as Chartiers Valley went 3-1 putting them back in the race for the top seed in Class AA. McMahon has averaged two assists per a game since recovering from an early-season injury.
McMahon didn’t let his time away prevent him from stepping right back in and contributing.
“It felt good to come back and try and help out and win some,” he said. “We’re on a good streak right now.”
Levitt was also a huge asset in a winning season for his team.
Levitt, a senior forward, tallied three goals and six points as West Allegheny went 5-0 in January. A two-time team captain, he holds a 4.3 grade point average and received the President’s Service Award for 200 hours of community service with disabled children and at his local church.
Levitt is the kind of selfless person who’s always giving back to his community, and that was exemplified by the way he deflected the credit to his team when discussing tonight’s award.
“It’s awesome,” Levitt said. “It just shows the respect my coaches have for me. It really represents the entire team because I wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for my linemates and my teammates. They are the guys who make the team. It’s everybody pulling their own weight.”