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Penguins Recognize Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month

by Caitlin Kasunich / Pittsburgh Penguins
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 Thursday night’s game against the Washington Capitals.


Alex Mueller of Hampton High School, David Kutzer of Derry High School, Matthew Schmidlin of Baldwin High School and Bryan Watt of Pine-Richland High School received awards for their outstanding leadership and scoring abilities throughout the season.

After getting their pictures taken and having their names announced over the Jumbotron, each recipient reminisced about where they were and what they were doing at the time when they received the phone call telling them that they had won the award.

“I was actually just getting ready for practice like usual,” Schmidlin said. “I was pretty surprised to get (the call). I didn’t know I was really up for it, but I was really excited. It’s pretty cool to be recognized for that, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Like Schmidlin, Kutzer also did not know that he was in the running for the award.

“My coach didn’t even tell me that he put me in as a recipient,” Kutzer said. “I was surprised and excited to win.”

Mueller said that he was at home when he got the call and could not believe what he was hearing on the other end of the receiver. 

“It came up as Pittsburgh Penguins on the caller ID,” he laughed. “So, I was like, ‘Wow, what is this?’ I had no clue.”

Watt, who was in Detroit when his parents called to tell him the good news, said that he was equally excited to find out that he was a recipient. He talked about the recent success of his high school hockey team.

“We’re on a couple-game win streak,” he said with a grin.

Kutzer, a senior center, recorded 10 goals and 13 points in five games. He also averaged 2.92 points per game with the Trojans. Schmidlin, a senior goaltender, posted a 3-1-1 record and 1.40 goals against average last month. Additionally, he ranked in the top three academically in his class. 

Watt, a senior forward notched seven goals and 12 points in four games. He also averaged 3.5 points per game this season and factored in on a third of the Rams’ overall points.  
The Penguins honor high school hockey players of the month four times each season.

Watt, a senior forward notched seven goals and 12 points in four games. He also averaged 3.5 points per game this season and factored in on a third of the Rams’ overall points.  

The Penguins honor high school hockey players of the month four times each season.



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