The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today has announced its monthly player awards for the month of December, and the Titans’ Michael Young was named Forward of the Month.
Young led all NAPHL players in scoring during December with 14 (4 goals and 10 assists), which included four games in which the Kings Park, NY had three points in each game.
For the season, Young is third on the team in total points with 28 (11 goals and 17 assists) in 24 games played. He is in the NAHL’s top 20 in total points, and he leads the league with the best shooting percentage of 42.3% (11 goals on 26 shots).
“Michael has really come on strong” stated Titans head coach and general manager Craig Doremus. “He has responded well from an early season injury. After an extremely impressive rookie season last year we expected Michael to make an even larger impact for our team this season and he is really starting to show who and what he is as a hockey player and leader for us. Michael was able to get on track offensively and it’s no coincidence that as his game got better so has our record. Michael is going to make a college coach happy for the next four years. Until then we are excited to have him continue to be a huge part of our group as we pursue the Robertson Cup Playoffs” added Doremus.
“Our team has had a lot of success as of late. We have spent a lot of time focusing on the little things to help fine tune our game. The coaches have been a huge part of that as they continue to push us day in and day out to become better players and better people. We have created a fun and positive culture here in New Jersey and it’s awesome to be a part of,” said Young. “My short-term goal is to help the team return to the playoffs and defend the Robertson Cup. My longer-term goals are to play NCAA hockey and hopefully play at the professional level” concluded Doremus.
This is the second time this season that Young has received weekly/monthly league recognition. He was the East Division’s second star of the week for week ending December 11.