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Nicoletti: Johnstown Tomahawks Top 5 "A"lternate Captains of All-Time




Welcome back to another Tomahawks countdown. For today, we are counting down the top 5 best alternate captains in Tomahawks history. This list of alternate captains will all be based on the players stats that he has achieved during the season where he was named alternate captain of the Johnstown Tomahawks.


Let us know what you think about this list. Also, if you would like to request us a list to do, make sure to comment what you would like to see in the comments, and we may just use your idea for the next countdown. So here we go!!


5. JORDAN WATT


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Allow us to go back to the Johnstown Tomahawks inaugural season in 2012-13 where one of the first alternate captains in team history; Jordan Watt, an Orange, California native took to the ice for Johnstown.


He spent two seasons in Johnstown but served his first season as an alternate captain for the Hawks. During his tenure as alternate captain, the 5’10” left winger put up 20 goals, 17 assists, 37 points, 34 PIM, and a plus two in 56 games during the season. Along with two penalty minutes and a minus two in three playoff games during the 2013 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


Watt would go on to play the 2013-14 season for the Tomahawks where he put up 34 regular season points and three playoff points during the 2014 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. 


He would then go onto college to play three years of NCAA Division III hockey. His first year in 2015-16 was with Neumann University, where he tailed five goals in 10 games. His last two years in 2016-17 and 2017-18 were with Stevenson University, where he tailed 38 points in 52 games with the Mustangs.


As of today, Watt currently works as Hockey Development Coordinator for Lil’ Kings and Events under the Los Angeles Kings and AEG Sports.


4. BENNETT STOCKDALE




At number four is a recent alternate captain for the Johnstown Tomahawks. Bennett Stockdale took part in two seasons with the Johnstown Tomahawks, but he served one as alternate captain.


During the 2019-20 shortened COVID season, the right winger registered 12 goals, 32 assists, 42 points, 26 PIM, and a minus 5 in 50 games for the Hawks. 


Stockdale is getting prepared to take the ice and play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Alabama-Huntsville for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Good luck Bennett!!!


3. MITCH HALL


At number three, Mitch Hall spent most of the 2013-14 season as alternate captain for the Tomahawks. He started off the Tomahawks' second season as captain. But a couple weeks after wearing the “C” to kick off the season, he would later go on to wear the “A” for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. 


In 59 games that season, the veteran defenseman would go and score six goals, 37 assists, 43 points, 56 PIM, and a +15. He had one assist, 10 PIM, and a minus four in three games during the 2014 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. 


Hall would then go on to play five seasons of NCAA Division III hockey at Hamline University where he played a total of 109 games for the Pipers, tailing 77 points and 47 PIM. 


He would then spend the rest of the 2018-19 season for the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. In nine games, he tallied four assists, two penalty minutes, and a minus four. 


2. ANDREW ROMANO


Speaking of ECHL, number two is a recent ECHL signie. Andrew Romano spent two seasons in Johnstown (2014-15 and 2015-16). He served both seasons as alternate captain for the Hawks In 118 games with the “A” on his sweater, he scored 24 goals, 56 assists, 80 points, 38 PIM, and a minus six. He also had a goal, three assists, four penalty minutes, and a minus six in six playoff games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.   


He and upcoming Wheeling Nailer Luke Lynch tied the Tomahawks as leading scorers for the team during the 2015-16 season. He also was named to the NAHL All-East Division Team that same season. 


Romano would then go on to play four seasons of NCAA Division III hockey at the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY-Geneseo). In 112 games with the Knights, he put up 171 points, and 34 PIM. 


As of now, Romano has signed his first professional contract with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL. Where he is getting ready to take to the ice for his first pro season of hockey for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Good luck Andrew!!!



SAMUEL SOLENSKY


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At number one on our list is one of the best players to take the ice for the Johnstown Tomahawks. Solensky, a Michalovce, Slovakia native spent three seasons in Johnstown and spent two of those years as an alternate captain.


He wore the “A” during both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 season where in 103 games as alternate captain, Solensky tallied 42 goals, 90 assists, 132 points, 85 PIM, and a +18. During the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs he scored three goals, 10 assists, 13 points, six penalty minutes, and a plus three in 13 playoff games , leading his team to a finals appearance, only to come one game short of a championship game appearance. 


Solensky was named to the NAHL All-East Division Team, and NAHL Second All-Star Team in 2018-19. He also had the most assists (62) in the NAHL that same season.


Solensky would go down as one of the greatest players in Johnstown Tomahawks history after his tenure with the Tomahawks. He currently holds the Tomahawks record for the most points in Johnstown Tomahawks history with 155 points.


After his time in Johnstown had come to a close, Solensky would go on to play NCAA Division I hockey at Bemidji State University. So far, in 10 games for the Beavers, he’s tailed a goal and assist, with two penalty minutes and a plus one. He is heading into his sophomore tenure with Bemidji State for the upcoming 2020-21 season. 


And there you have it, the top 5 Johnstown Tomahawks Alternate Captains of All-Time. Let us know what you thought about this list in the comments.


Once again, if you would like to request us a list to do, make sure to comment what you would like to see in the comments, and we may just use your idea for the next countdown.


Finally, if you liked reading this article. Make sure you read our other articles we have up here on hawks-daily.com. Lets Go Hawks!!

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