2021-22 Awards

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) gives out awards  weekly, monthly and at the end of each season. Below are the awards the Great Falls Americans have received for the 2021-22 season.

Please click on the player’s name below for their stats.


2021-22 NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

Week Ending September 19, 2021

The NA3HL gives out a “Stars of the Week” award every week of the regular season. The awards, presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending Se;tember 19, 2021, are given to the top performing players in each of the five divisions (Central, East, Frontier, South, and West) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.

Please click on the player’s name below for their stats.

For the Week Ending September 19, 2021

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Henry Fusco, Forward, GF Americans


Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

AJ Benit, Defenseman, GF Americans

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2021-22 NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

Week Ending September 12, 2021

The NA3HL gives out a “Stars of the Week” award every week of the regular season. The awards, presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending Se;tember 12, 2021, are given to the top performing players in each of the five divisions (Central, East, Frontier, South, and West) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.

Please click on the player’s name below for their stats.

For the Week Ending September 12, 2021

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Thomas Gazich, Forward, GF Americans


Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Micah Serino, Forward, GF Americans

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NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS NOT UPDATED FOR 2021-22 SEASON. CHECK BACK LATER.

2021-22: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

March 2021

The NA3HL gives out a monthly “Player of the Month” award each month of the regular season. The awards, presented by Bauer Hockey and Vaughn, are given to the top performing players in each of the three positions (Forward, Defenseman, Goaltender) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their respective teams.


For the month of  March 2021

NA3HL Forward of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Jackson Henningsgard, GF Americans


NA3HL Defenseman of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Tyler Lorring, GF Americans


NA3HL Goaltender of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Trever Mellen, GF Americans

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2021-22: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

February 2021

The NA3HL gives out a monthly “Player of the Month” award each month of the regular season. The awards, presented by Bauer Hockey and Vaughn, are given to the top performing players in each of the three positions (Forward, Defenseman, Goaltender) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their respective teams.


For the month of  February 2021

NA3HL Forward of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Henry Chavez, GF Americans


NA3HL Defenseman of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Tyler Lorring, GF Americans


NA3HL Goaltender of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Ben Winkler, GF Americans

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2021-22: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

January 2021

The NA3HL gives out a monthly “Player of the Month” award each month of the regular season. The awards, presented by Bauer Hockey and Vaughn, are given to the top performing players in each of the three positions (Forward, Defenseman, Goaltender) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their respective teams.


For the month of  January 2021

NA3HL Forward of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Bryson Fletcher, GF Americans


NA3HL Defenseman of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Tyler Lorring, GF Americans


Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2021-22: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

December 2020

The NA3HL gives out a monthly “Player of the Month” award each month of the regular season. The awards, presented by Bauer Hockey and Vaughn, are given to the top performing players in each of the three positions (Forward, Defenseman, Goaltender) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their respective teams.


For the month of December 2020

NA3HL Player of the Month (Goaltender of the Month):

Trever Mellen, GF Americans

Mellen was busy between the pipes in December, seeing just four starts but facing an average of 41 shots per game as he went 3-1-0 with one shutout on the month. Mellen opened things up with an eye-catching 48-save effort against Helena on the 4th before turning aside 30 pucks in his only December defeat a week later. Another 49-save win over Gillette and a 31-save goose-egg against Butte solidified Mellen’s claim to this month’s honors, though, as the Americans’ steady netminder posted a stingy 1.51 GAA and .963% save percentage in December. On the year, Mellen boasts a 14-3-0 record and two shutouts to go with a 2.17 GAA and a .939% save percentage that ranks fifth among NA3HL goaltenders.


NA3HL Forward of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Jake Hayes, GF Americans


NA3HL Defenseman of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Tommy Janes, GF Americans

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2021-22: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

October 2020

The NA3HL gives out a monthly “Player of the Month” award each month of the regular season. The awards, presented by Bauer Hockey and Vaughn, are given to the top performing players in each of the three positions (Forward, Defenseman, Goaltender) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their respective teams.


For the month of October 2020

NA3HL Forward of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Alex Jackson, GF Americans


NA3HL Defenseman of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Tommy Janes, GF Americans


NA3HL Goaltender of the Month (Honorable Mention):

Trever Mellen, GF Americans

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2021-22: NA3HL: Year End Season Awards

Americans goaltender Mellen earns NA3HL honors for 2020-21

By Kevin Scott

FRISCO, TX., May 24, 2021 — After a year without any Great Falls Americans players receiving any North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) yearly awards for the 2019-20 season, Great Falls had one player that stood out and was honored by the league during the 2020-21 season.

The Great Falls Americans, coached by third -year Head Coach and General Manager, Greg Sears, finished off the 2020-21 regular season in second place behind the league’s best team, the Sheridan (WY) Hawks. The Americans record (after 40 regular season contests were completed) was 27-11-2-0, which earned them a spot in the 2021 NA3HL Playoffs where they won three of their six contests (3-2-1) to finish with a runner-up finish in the Frontier Division. The #2 Americans needed three games to dispatch the #3 Gillette (WY) Wild in the best-of-three Frontier Divisional Semi-Finals before falling in three games to the top-ranked Sheridan (WY) Hawks in the 2021 NA3HL Frontier Division Finals.

The 2020-21 divisional awards included Most Valuable Player (MVP), Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Leadership and Academic Awards, Community Service, and the All-Division teams. The league’s coaches voted on the awards based on performance during the 2020-21 season.

Trever Mellen was awarded the 2020-21 Frontier Division’s Goaltender of the Year announced by the league on Monday, May 24, 2021. Mellen, who completed his second season with Great Falls, is from North Branch, Minnesota and was also named to the six-member All-Frontier Division squad for the 2020-21 season. Mellen, who was the starting goaltender for Great Falls in ten of their first eleven wins to begin the season, compiled a 21-8-1-0 record (including two postseason victories). Trever recorded 914 saves and he had a save percentage of 0.938 during his 27-game regular season.

He also appeared for Team Bauer during April’s Top Prospects Tournament held in conjunction with the NA3HL Fraser Cup (National) Tournament that took place in St. Peters. Missouri. He accumulated 50 saves in two games (0.847 save percentage) playing for Great Falls Americans mentor Greg Sears’ squad.

He was the best goaltender in the Frontier Division this past season ranking eighth in the entire league with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.35.

“This was a very deserving honor for Trever (Mellen),” said Great Falls Americans Head Coach and General Manager, Greg Sears. “He was a huge part of the success we have had the last two seasons. Trever is a great kid both on and off the ice. We are very proud of him.”

The list of award winners are posted below.

2020-21 FRONTIER DIVISION: AWARD WINNERS
Award Player 2020-21 NA3HL Team
Most Valuable Player Jacob Cummings Sheridan Hawks
Forward of the Year Jacob Cummings Sheridan Hawks
Defenseman of the Year Owen Miley Missoula Jr. Bruins
Goaltender of the Year Trever Mellen Great Falls Americans
Rookie of the Year Liam Bland Missoula Jr. Bruins
Academic Achievement Award Victor Nukovic Gillette Wild
Community Service Award Joe McCormick Yellowstone Quake
Leadership Award Ethan Becker Gillette Wild

 

2020-21 ALL-FRONTIER DIVISION TEAM
Player Position 2020-21 NA3HL Team
Jacob Cummings Forward Sheridan Hawks
Liam Bland Forward Missoula Jr. Bruins
Declan Young Forward Gillette Wild
Simon Herz Defenseman Sheridan Hawks
Owen Miley Defenseman Missoula Jr. Bruins
Trever Mellen Goaltender Great Falls Americans

Click here for the 2020-21 Divisional Award NA3HL press release.

2020-21 NA3HL League Awards

The NA3HL league awards for the 2020-21 season were also announced this week. The awards were also performance-based and contained many of the same award categories as the divisional awards as voted on by the head coaches and general managers from all NA3HL clubs.

The awards included the Most Valuable Player of the NA3HL, Forward, Defenseman, and Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach and General Manager of the Year and Organization of the Year.  The league office also announced their All-AN3HL (1st, 2nd, 3rd Teams) and All-Rookie Teams (1st and 2nd Teams) along with an Academic Achievement Award, Community Service and Leadership Awards.

Trever Mellen, the Americans top goaltender, was also named to the All-NA3HL Third Team in addition to his All-Frontier Division and Frontier Division Goaltender of the Year honors.

“This was a very deserving honor for Trever (Mellen),” said Great Falls Americans Head Coach and General Manager, Greg Sears. “He was a huge part of the success we have had the last two seasons. Trever is a great kid both on and off the ice. We are very proud of him.”

Mellen has not yet announced his college commitment.

2020-21 Season Stats: Trever Mellen

Other notable players from the Frontier Division were honored including Gillette (WY) Wild’s Victor Nukovic, who was presented with the Apex Learning Virtual School Academic Achievement Award. Nukovic’s teammate in Wyoming, Declan Young was announced as an All-NA3HL Third team selection.  The top-ranked team, the Sheridan (WY) Hawks, had three players receiving awards (Jacob Cummings, All-NA3HL First Team, Simon Herz, All-NA3HL Rookie First Team as Defenseman, and Dakota Kott, All-NA3HL Rookie Second Team as Defenseman). The Missoula Junior Bruins, who became the Badlands (SD) Sabres during the offseason, had Owen Miley get All-NA3HL Third Team honors, Liam Bland received All-NA3HL Rookie First Team and Pablo Frank was named to the All-NA3HL Rookie Second Team.

Click here for the 2020-21 NA3HL Season Awards press release and list of winners.

Courtesy: North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Website

May 24, 2021: 2020-21 NA3HL Divisional Awards

May 25, 2021: 2020-21 NA3HL League Awards