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Penguins Honor PIHL Players of the Month for January

by Caitlin Kasunich / Pittsburgh Penguins
For the third time this year, the Pittsburgh Penguins and corporate partner Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield honored four high school hockey players from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League with Player of the Month awards at Wednesday night’s game against the New York Islanders.

Anthony Williams of Kiski Area High School, Tyler Fitzgerald of West Allegheny High School, Sam Jarrett of Seneca Valley High School and Brett Oldaker of Canon McMillan High School accepted the awards for their exceptional leadership and scoring abilities throughout the season.

“I was thrilled when I got the call,” Fitzgerald said. “I was very excited. It’s a nice honor. It doesn’t happen to many kids, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Jarrett and Oldaker felt equally excited about receiving the award after finding out the good news from their parents.

“I was actually in school during the middle of the day – probably sometime after lunch,” Jarrett said. “My dad shot me a text message. I didn’t really believe him at first, because I won it back in November, and I really didn’t think that they’d give it to the same kid twice. It was pretty surprising.”

“My parents told me that they got a message earlier in the day that said I won the award,” Oldaker added. “I really didn’t know the award existed, and I had no idea that I was a competitor for it. I was excited. It was nice to hear, and I was looking forward to it ever since I heard about it.”

Williams, a senior forward, recorded three goals and nine points last month. He also picked up two goals in the All-Star Game and was named the game’s No. 1 star. Fitzgerald, a senior forward, scored nine goals and earned 11 points in four games in January, including four goals and five points on Jan. 11 against Erie Cathedral.

Jerrett, a senior forward/defenseman, serves as alternate captain for his team, and recorded six goals and 12 points in four games. Oldaker, a junior forward, serves as alternate captain and picked up seven goals and 13 points in January. He also leads the Big Macs in goals, assists and points.

This is the 17th season that the Penguins have recognized the talents of high school hockey players in the area with this award.
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