Just as the road to the Penguins Cup gets underway, the team honored four high school hockey players as February’s Players of the Month during Tuesday’s game against Buffalo.
Dan Humes of Fox Chapel, Danny Kucerovy of Bethel Park, Jordan Ford of Kittanning and Jeff Clark of Erie McDowell are being honored Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Center as the Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month. The players all appreciated the prestigious honor, but they all kept a team mentality, and their main goal is to hoist the Penguins Cup later this month at CONSOL Energy Center.
“It’s cool individually, but I’m trying to win the Penguins Cup this year, that’s the number one priority,” Humes said. “This is a nice added trophy along the way.” Humes, a senior center, rang up five goals and 14 points in five games for Fox Chapel, including a natural hat trick in a 6-1 win over Central Catholic. His leadership qualities have been evident all season. Kucerovy, a junior forward, recorded five goals and 10 points in three games for Bethel Park. He is an alternate captain, plays a key role in the team’s charity work, and ranks among the top 10 scorers in Class AAA. Clark, a senior defenseman, is the first defensive defenseman to be honored this season. An alternate captain and PIHL all-star, he always plays against the opponent’s top players and is active in both his school and his community.
Ford, a junior forward, exploded for eight goals and 14 points in four games as Kittanning went 4-0 for the month. The alternate captain also leads Kittanning with six short-handed goals. With one more win in the Penguins Cup playoffs, Kittanning will head to CONSOL Energy Center for the semifinals next weekend.
“We need to win one more game to get out there, but seeing all those people definitely made me want to get out there even more,” Ford said. The Penguins and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield honor high school players of the month four times each season. The Penguins are proud supporters of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL), as well as all local amateur hockey.