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Pittsburgh Viper Stars 18U AAA Capture PHL Regular Season Title

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Viper Stars 18U AAA hockey team has skated to their first ever North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Regular Season title with a 19-2-0-1 record.

The Viper Stars, whose current overall record is 35-16-2-1, are comprised of 20 of the region’s top amateur hockey players age 18 and under.

Local players on the squad include (name, position, school year, High School, hometown): Alex Baskakov, D, (Sr., Canon-Mac), Ufa, Russia; Joe Bender, F, (Sr., Mars), Mars, PA; Nick Blaney, F, (Sr., Mars), Mars, PA; Clayton Bouchard, F, (Jr., Quaker Valley), Sewickley, PA; Mike Cheswick, G, (Sr., Penn Trafford), Harrison City, PA; Ryan Demyen, F, (Sr., Hubbard (OH), Hubbard, OH; Austin Heakins, F, (Jr., Mars), Mars, PA; Jacob Hetx, F, (Jr., Shaler Area), Glenshaw, PA; Peter Karney, F, (Sr., Bishop Canevin), Washington, PA; Zakery Kindya, D (Sr., Westmont Hilltop), Johnstown, PA; Heinz Koster, F, (Sr., Kittaning), Kittaning, PA; Luke Leya Bender, D, (Jr., Hampton), Allison Park, PA; Jake Pilewicz, D, (Jr., Quaker Valley), Sewickley, PA; Trevor Recktenwald, F, (Jr., Peters Township), Venetia, PA; Doug Revak, G, (Sr., Quaker Valley), Chagrin Falls, OH; Nick Schultz, F, (Sr., South Fayette), Bridgeville, PA; Egor Sukhovirskiy, D, (Soph., Fox Chapel), St. Petersburg, Russia; Elliot Tisdale, F, (Sr., Mars), Valencia, PA; Christian Wirginis, F, (Sr., Fox Chapel), Fox Chapel, PA; and Bobby Tritschler, F (post grad), Lower Burrell, PA

The 18U Viper Stars will chase after their first post season NAPHL Championship, Feb. 17-20, 2012, in Troy, MI, at the league’s playoffs. The league’s top eight regular season finishers (Pittsburgh Viper Stars, Pikes Peak (CO) Miners, California Titans, Lansing (MI) Capitals, Wenatchee Wild (WA), Detroit Falcons, Phoenix (AZ) Firebirds, and Orange Co. (CA ) will compete in a round-robin tournament to crown the league’s post-season champion.

Devoted to promoting the growth of amateur ice hockey on a national and international level, the Pittsburgh Viper Stars are a proud member of USA Hockey, the North American Prospect Hockey League (NAPHL), through its Tier I program. The Viper Stars have offered western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area’s top ice hockey players an opportunity to showcase their skills for junior, collegiate and other opportunities on a national and international level over the past 28 years.

Now in its third season, the North American Prospects Hockey League is comprised of 42 Midget Major (17), Midget Minor (18) and Bantam Major (7) teams from 20 programs across the United States (plus one program from British Columbia, Canada), that compete at the Tier I AAA level … the highest level of amateur hockey in the United States. The league is comprised of five regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament Series in which the top teams at each level compete for a NAPHL championship.

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