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Penguins Honor Highmark High School Hockey Players Of The Month

by Tony Jovenitti / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins held their first Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month presentation Monday night at CONSOL Energy Center during the Penguins’ game against Phoenix.

Hempfield’s Kyle Rosendale, Pine-Richland’s Ryan Hanahan, Chartiers Valley’s Justin Sabilla and Erie McDowell’s Ryan Guzek were honored during the second intermission of the Penguins’ 6-1 win over Phoenix.

The Penguins and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield honor high school players of the month four times each season, with Monday’s honorees being for the month of November.

Guzek, a junior forward, registered 10 goals and 16 points in seven games for Erie McDowell.

“It’s great to be honored, because our team is doing great, and I’m just a representative of it.” Guzek said. “We’re all doing great, and I’m just happy to be honored for the team.”

Rosendale, a senior forward who serves as Hempfield’s captain, rang up 11 goals and 15 points in four games during November.

“It’s very cool,” Rosendale said. “It’s a great honor for me and I’m very proud.”

Hanahan, a senior defenseman and also captain of the Pine-Richland team, contributed five goals and 10 points in addition to outstanding defensive work in six games.

Sabilla, a junior forward, exploded for 16 goals and 19 points in six games to lead the Chartiers Valley attack.

“It means a lot to me,” Sabilla said. “I’m having a good time, and it’s a nice place down here. “

Of course, it helps that the Penguins were dominating the game, as Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby combined for eight points through just two periods.

“Sid and Geno are doing pretty good out there,” Sabilla said.

“It’s an awesome game to be at,” Rosendale said.
“What else could you ask for,” Guzek said.

The Penguins are proud supporters of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL), as well as all local amateur hockey.
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