By @MichaelCaples –
A pair of Michigan natives have earned some recognition from their junior league.
Spencer Oyler and Nick Trela have been named divisional stars of the week by the North American Hockey League, it was announced announced today.
Oyler, a 19-year-old defenseman from Howell, recorded four points in two games over the past week for his Chippewa Steel, including a goal and two assists in a 7-2 win on Saturday.
“Spencer has been a rock for us on the back end to start the season,” said head coach Carter Foguth. “His poise on the ice has helped our defensive corps become a big part of our early success. He has taken a big step forward with his play and contributes to our team in all situations. Earning a letter this season also shows the amount of respect his teammates have for him.”
Oyler, a Belle Tire and Meijer alum, is in the midst of his second NAHL season, after playing in 37 games with the Steel last season.
Trela, a 20-year-old forward with the Amarillo Bulls, posted four points in two wins, alongside a +3 rating.
“Nick had an excellent weekend for our team,” Bulls head coach Rocky Russo said. “He was an offense catalyst and also played in all situations and defended very well. He has a knack for coming up big in the clutch and his game-winning, power-play goal on Saturday night was a perfect example of that. Nick will be a tremendous addition to which, ever NCAA Division I program he ultimately commits to.”
The Trenton High School and Victory Honda alum is second on his team in scoring with eight points in 10 games.