Nicoletti: Top 10 Johnstown Tomahawks' Defensemen of All-Time
by David Nicoletti
Welcome back to another Top 10 Countdown. Today, we are counting down the Top 10 Johnstown Tomahawks Defensemen of All-Time. Like our last countdown, this list will be based upon stats that the player has achieved throughout his career with the Tomahawks. So, let us know what you think about this list. Without further ado, here we go!
10. STEVEN QUAGLIATA
To start off this list of defensemen, Steven Quagliata took part in two seasons with the Johnstown Tomahawks from 2014-15 to 2015-16, where the Barlett, Illinois native put up a career total of five goals, 24 assists, 29 points, and 14 PIM, in his 65 career games with the Tomahawks.
He was named to the NAHL All-North Division Rookie Team for his accomplishments he made during the 2014-15 season.
Quagliata was traded from the Johnstown Tomahawks to the Coulee Region Chill during the 2015-16 season. After his time with the Chill, Quagliata went on to play NCAA Division III hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where, so far, he’s put up 24 goals, 29 assists, 53 points, and 35 PIM in his 85 games with the Pointers. He is heading into his senior season for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
9. ALEX WILKINS
Coming in at number nine, Alex Wilkins took part in the 2018-19 season with the Tomahawks where the
Kennett Square, PA native put up five goals, 25 assists, 30 points, and 26 PIM, in 56 games with the Tomahawks. He also had four assists in 13 games during the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.
After his lone season with Johnstown, Wilkins went to the NCAA to play Division III hockey with the State University of New York at Geneseo Knights (SUNY-Geneseo) where so far he’s put up a goal and two assists in 26 games, and is about to be heading into his sophomore stint with the Knights for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
8. DAKOTA MENSLAGE
At number eight is one of my favorite Tomahawk players of all time. Dakota Menslage took the ice for three seasons with Johnstown. In total, he tallied 10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points, and 230 PIM in his 97 career games with the Tomahawks. He also played in three games during the 2014 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs, tailing a goal and an assist.
Menslage was traded from the Tomahawks to the Odessa Jackalopes during the 2014-15 season.
After his time in the NAHL, the Orleans, Massachusetts native played one season in the NCAA with the Division III Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards where he skated in 10 games and tallied two goals, five assists, and 20 PIM.
7. CASEY NELSON
At number seven, Casey Nelson played with the Tomahawks during their inaugural season in 2012-13 where the Stillwater, Minnesota native tailed 10 goals, 22 assists, 32 points, and 42 PIM in 56 games with the Hawks.
He then went on to play three seasons with Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato). A NCAA Division I school where he put up 14 goals, 46 goals, 60 points, and 44 PIM in his 99 games with the Mavericks. He was also a two time NCAA (WCHA) Champion with the team.
After his time with Minnesota State, Nelson signed with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL as an undrafted free agent in 2015-16. He played the rest of the season in Buffalo (seven games) and tailed four assists. To this day, he is still in the Buffalo Sabres organization, but is about to be an unrestricted free agent during the 2020 NHL Free Agent Frenzy. Let’s see if he resigns with Buffalo, or if he goes to a different team in the NHL.
6. HUNTER TOALE
Number six belongs to Coral Springs, Florida native Hunter Toale. Toale played with the Tomahawks during the 2018-19 season where he scored four goals, 30 assists, 34 points, and 49 PIM, in 57 games with the Tomahawks. He added two goals and seven assists in 13 games during the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.
As of today, Toale is playing for Bentley University, an NCAA Division I school where he’s played 22 games and registered three assists and 20 PIM.
5. IAN SPENCER
At number five on our list, Ian Spencer took part in two seasons with the Tomahawks in 2012-13, and 2014-15. He was traded at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season to the Corpus Christi IceRays, then eventually returned in 2014-15 after playing 13 games with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.
Spencer, in his 95 career games with the Tomahawks, put up a total of eight goals, 26 assists, 34 points, and 27 PIM. After his time in the NAHL was up, the Hawthorne, New Jersey native played his college career with Nichols College, a division III school. In his career there, he played a total of 94 games, and tailed 13 goals, 28 assists, 41 points, and 36 PIM.
He served as the team's captain in his senior season in 2018-19.
4. CHRIS TROUBA
At number four is a Tomahawks' fan favorite. Chris Trouba played four seasons with the Johnstown Tomahawks from 2016-17 to 2019-20. He served as alternate captain in 2017-18, and served two seasons as captain during the 2018-19 to 2019-20 season.
In his 162 career games in a Tomahawks uniform, Trouba tailed nine goals, 31 assists, 40 points, and 316 PIM. Along with 14 playoff games, tailing one goal and seven assists in his appearances during the 2017 and 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.
Trouba was named to the NAHL Robertson Cup All-Tournament Team in 2018-19, and won the NAHL (East) Leadership Award, and NAHL Leadership Award in 2019-20.
Trouba is getting ready to play his first season of college hockey with the NCAA Division III State University of New York College at Plattsburgh Cardinals (SUNY-Plattsburgh).
3. ADAM PILEWICZ
Number three goes to Sewickley, PA native, Adma Pilewicz. Adam took part in three seasons for the Johnstown Tomahawks where in his career with the team he’s tailed nine goals, 34 assists, 43 points, and 142 PIM, in 109 games with the Hawks.
Pilewicz served as alternate captain for the Tomahawks during the 2016-17 season.
After his time with the Hawks, Pilewicz went on to play NCAA Division I hockey at Penn State University. So far in his three years there, he’s put up two goals, one assist, in 19 games with the Nittany Lions. He is heading into his senior season with the Lions for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
2. ZAK GALAMBOS
Number two belongs to Walnut Creek, California native, Zak Galambos. Galambos played with Johnstown for two seasons from 2015-16 to 2016-17 where in his career with the Hawks, he put up a career total of 11 goals, 22 assists, 33 points, and 187 PIM, in 72 games with the Hawks. He also registered in six games playoff games, two goals, and one assist in the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.
During the 2016-17 season, Galambos was traded from the Tomahawks to the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.
After his time in junior hockey ended, Galambos played one season with Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato). appearing in only four games and scoring one assist.
1. MITCH HALL
To conclude our list, at number one, Mitch Hall took the ice for the Tomahawks for two seasons from 2012-13 to 2013-14. In that time, the St. Cloud, Minnesota native registered 10 goals, 46 assists, 56 points, and 74 PIM, in 83 career games with the Tomahawks.
He started off the 2013-14 Tomahawks season as captain for the Hawks, until the reigns went to Brandon Reinholz, then eventually Cody Bentzel for a few games, then back to Reinholz for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
After Hall's time in the NAHL was up, the defenseman went on to play five seasons of NCAA Division III hockey with Hamline University. In his time with the Pipers, Hall tailed a career total of 21 goals, 56 assists, 77 points, and 47 PIM, in 109 games with the team. During his time in college, he was named to the NCAA III (MIAC) All-Rookie Team in 2014-15, and the NCAA III (MIAC) All-Conference Team in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.
After his college career was over, Mitch signed a professional contact with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL, where he finished the 2018-19 season with Norfolk tailing four assists in nine games.
Ladies and gentleman, there you have it. The Top 10 Defensemen of All-Time for the Johnstown Tomahawks.
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