2016-17 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 2016-17 season.

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


2016-17: NA3HL: Year End Season Awards 

 

 Four Americans among NA3HL award winners for 2016-17 season

By Kevin Scott

FRISCO, TX., April 7, 2017 — The Great Falls Americans, who finished their postseason run in the playoffs in March, had four individual players receive North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) honors for the 2016-17 season.

Great Falls finished the season with a 41-5-3-3 record including a two-game sweep in the Frontier Divisional Semi-Finals over the Gillette Wild before falling to the regular season champion Yellowstone Quake in the Frontier Divisional Finals in three games. Both series were a best-of-three format.

The divisional awards included Most Valuable Player (MVP), Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year along with Community Service, Leadership and Academic Awards and the All-Division teams. The coaches and the general managers voted on the awards based on performance during the 2016-17 season.

The league awards were also based on performance and voted on by the coaches and general managers in the league including Most Valuable Player (MVP), Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, General Manager of the Year and Organization of the Year. Other awards that were recognized this year were the All-NA3HL 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and All-Rookie teams, Community Service and Leadership Academic Award winners.

Danny O’Donnell, the 6’2” defenseman from Ventura, California was the Frontier Division and the NA3HL Defenseman of the Year. The 20-year-old participated in the Top Prospects Tournament for the White Team (Frontier/West Division) in February in Plymouth, Michigan and earned three assists in three games. O’Donnell led the league defenseman with the most points (66) and scored 20 goals during the regular season. He assisted with 46 points and a +73-overall performance in 47 games played.  Danny was also named to the All-Frontier Division squad and All-NA3HL First Team.

Nick Nast was awarded the 2016-17 Goaltender of the Year in the NA3HL’s Frontier Division and was one of the six members of the All-Frontier Division Team. Nast was excellent in the net for coach Jeff Heimel’s team accumulating a 20-3-0-1-1 record along with 733 regular season saves and a save percentage of 0.934. He was victorious in two games for the White Team and had 41 saves at the 2017 Top Prospects Tournament hosted by Plymouth, Michigan. The Oxnard, California product won three of the five games (3-1-0-1) he competed in including two straight wins against the Gillette (WY) Wild in the Semi-final round of the Frontier Division playoffs and a win in the Frontier Finals against the Yellowstone (WY) Quake. The five postseason appearances resulted in 164 saves.

Tanner Congdon, last season’s NA3HL and Frontier Division Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2016-17 All-Frontier Division team as a forward. The Americans team leader in goals (41) and points scored (82) in the regular season also provided six more goals in the playoff contests against Gillette and Yellowstone. Congdon contributed 41 regular season assists and four more in the playoffs. The Alaska native was a key contributor for the Americans playing in all 52 games.

Kody Thomas, the 5’9” forward from Boise, Idaho was the recipient of the Frontier Division’s Academic Achievement Award for the 2016-17 season for his outstanding academic success. In 44 games, he scored seven goals and racked up 13 assists. He also saw playing time in all five playoff contests for Great Falls.

2016-17 Season Stats:  Danny O’Donnell  l  Nick Nast  l  Tanner Congdon l  Kody Thomas

To view the official 2016-17 NA3HL League Awards announcement and the list of winners, please click hereClick here for the 2016-17 Divisional Award NA3HL press release.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

February 2017

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 2017

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Forward):

Brendan Jester, GF Americans

 

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2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

January 2017

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 2017

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Forward):

Tegan Harrington, GF Americans

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Defenseman):

Jesse Johnson, GF Americans

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Goaltender):

Kyler Ayers, GF Americans

 

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2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

December 2016

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 2016

 

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

Tanner Congdon, GF Americans

 

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2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

November 2016

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 November 2016

 

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

Danny O’Donnell, GF Americans

 

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2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

October 2016

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 2016

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Forward):

Brendan Jester, GF Americans

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Defenseman):

Danny O’Donnell, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Month (POTM)

September 2016

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 September 2016

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Forward):

Brendan Jester, GF Americans

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Defenseman):

Danny O’Donnell, GF Americans

 

NA3HL Player of the Month (Honorable Mention-Goaltender):

Michael Hughes, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending March 5, 2017

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 March 5, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending March 5, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Payton McSharry, Forward, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Logan Parsley, Forward, GF Americans

 

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2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending February 26, 2017

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 February 26, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending February 26, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week:

Payton McSharry, Forward, GF Americans

Payton McSharry, 18-year-old, from Anchorage, Alaska had a total of five points over a two game series this weekend, including three goals (one on the power play) and two assists.  Payton also had a +6 performance on Friday.

Great Falls Americans assistant coach Erik Gatson: “Payton was shooting the puck nonstop this weekend. He’s got a good shot and we’re constantly challenging him to use it more in games. It was good to see him scorea few this weekend.”

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Brendan Jester, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending February 19, 2017

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 February 19, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending February 19, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week:

Tanner Congdon, Defenseman, GF Americans

Anchorage, Alaska native Tanner Congdon kept a hot stick through the weekend for Great Falls. The 19-year-old forward scored five goals, one being a game-winner, for the Americans – which included a hat trick on Saturday night.

Great Falls Americans assistant coach Erik Gatson: “Tanner continues to do what he does best. He is exceptionally consistent adn we love that about him.”

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Dustin Truex, Forward, GF Americans

 

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2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending February 5, 2017

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 February 5, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending February 5, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (2nd Star):

Brendan Jester, Forward, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Adam Vandenbos, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending January 29, 2017

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 January 29, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending January 29, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (2nd Star):

Tanner Congdon, Forward, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Danny O’Donnell, Defenseman, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending January 22, 2017

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 January 22, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending January 22, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Kyler Ayers, Goaltender, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Ricards Bernhards, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending January 15, 2017

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 January 15, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending January 15, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (2nd Star):

Nick Nast, Goaltender, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Tegan Harrington, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending January 1, 2017

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 January 1, 2017. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending January 1, 2017

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week:

Jesse Johnson, Defenseman, GF Americans

 

Playing a strong two-way game this weekend was Great Falls defenseman Jesse Johnson. The 20-year-old from Anchorage, AK notched five points fo the Americans, including two goals and three assists. Johnson was also a +5.

Great Falls Americans assistant coach Erik Gatson: “Jesse recently got his wisdom teeth removed, and had not seen game-speed on the ice in a bit. To see him come back, and not miss a beat, was great.”

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Adam Vandenbos, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending December 11, 2016

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 December 11, 2016. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending December 11, 2016

 

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Mitchell Ramstad, Defenseman, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Tanner Congdon, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending December 4, 2016

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 December 4, 2016. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending December 4, 2016

 

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Jesse Johnson, Defenseman, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Sandis Mezharaups, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending November 27, 2016

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 November 27, 2016. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending November 27, 2016

 

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Tanner Congdon, Forward, GF Americans

 

Frontier Division Stars of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Brendan Jester, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending November 20, 2016

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 November 20, 2016. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending November 20, 2016

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week:

Nick Nast, Goaltender, GF Americans

 

Saturdays are for shutouts in the world of Nick Nast, who stood on his head for the Americans this weekend. The Oxnard, CA native collected 35 perfect saves in his second shutout of the season, as Great Falls took a 6-0 win over Missoula.

Great Falls Americans assistant coach Erik Gatson: “Nick had a dominating performance, shutting down the opposing team on every opportunity they had.”

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Danny O’Donnell, Defenseman, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending November 6, 2016

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 November 6, 2016. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending November 6, 2016

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (2nd Star):

Nick Nast, Goaltender, GF Americans

 

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Malachi Bushey, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending October 30, 2016

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 October 30, 2016. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending October 30, 2016

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week:

Kyler Ayers, Goaltender, GF Americans

 

Goaltender Kyler Ayers earned his first Star of the Week honor with a shutout performance on Friday night. The Boise, Idaho native made all 30 saves in 60 minutes of play, earning his second shutout of the season.

Great Falls Americans assistant coach Erik Gatson: “Kyler Ayers did a great job for us when he was called upon, he has the mentality who is always ready to step up.”

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Brendan Jester, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.


2016-17: NA3HL: Player of the Week (POTW)

 

Week Ending October 9, 2016

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 October 9, 2016. The weekly divisional Stars of the Week award are given to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions (Central, Coastal, East, West, Midwest, Northeast, South and Frontier) of the North American 3 Hockey League that are nominated by their head coaches.


For the week Ending October 9, 2016

 

For the Week Ending October 9, 2016

 

Frontier Division Star of the Week (Honorable Mention):

Matt Janke, Forward, GF Americans

 

Click here to read the full NA3HL article.