The Penguins not only welcomed two new players to CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday, but they also hosted four youth hockey players, honoring them as the Highmark High School Hockey Players of the Month for January.
Zachary LaDuke of Greater Latrobe, Brandon Savka of Central Catholic, Kyle Miller of Thomas Jefferson and Ryan Radovic of Taylor Allderdice were honored during the Penguins’ game against San Jose.
LaDuke, a senior forward, exploded for 10 goals and 20 points in five games as Greater Latrobe went 5-0. Already a member of three state championship teams, he is the leading scorer in the AA division of the PIHL with 27 goals and 24 assists.
“It means a lot being out there in front of thousands of fans,” LaDuke said.
Savka, a senior goaltender, posted a 2.33 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in leading Central Catholic to a 4-2 record. He made 46 saves in a 1-0 shutout of Erie McDowell.
“It means a lot for the team even,” Savka said. “To get this award as a goaltender – I play off the defense and the whole team.”
Miller, a junior defenseman, rang up five goals and 10 points in five games for Thomas Jefferson. Although he is a talented forward in travel hockey, he switched to defense this season to help his high school team, and serves as an assistant captain.
Radovic, a senior forward, scored six goals in five games for Taylor Allderdice, including a hat trick against Blackhawk. He serves as team captain and, in addition to his leadership, scored 60 percent of his team’s goals for the month.
All four of the players of the month hope to play in CONSOL Energy Center in the Penguins Cup next month.
“Hopefully we’ll be here,” LaDuke said. “We only have to win one game to get here.”
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.