Phoenix native, Fairbanks forward Burgess wins monthly NAHL honor
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced its monthly player awards for the month of September on Oct. 6 and there was certainly some Arizona flavor.
Todd Burgess from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs took home the Easton Hockey NAHL Forward of the Month laurels after posting 13 points in eight games, in addition to a plus-11 rating.
September was very good to the Ice Dogs, who not only went through the month with a perfect 8-0-0 record, but also were one of two teams who went undefeated at the annual NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn.
Veteran forward Todd Burgess, 19, had a great month as the Phoenix native and Jr. Coyotes alum put up five multi-point games and one game-winning goal. He also scored two goals twice.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute commit is tied for the NAHL scoring lead with 14 points and is tied for the lead in goals with seven.
“Todd has worked hard over the summer and throughout the early part of the season to have success,” Fairbanks coach Trevor Stewart said. “He will be looked at, from his team, to be a well-rounded hockey player that improves steadily during the remainder of the year.”
Burgess said his success in September was a byproduct of his Ice Dogs teammates.
“I can’t single myself out as an individual because my entire team played good, especially my linemates Ryner Gorowsky and Logan Coomes,” said Burgess. “We have been clicking from the start and that played a big factor. I am just trying to be a better hockey player every day. It is my third year, so I want to set a good example and be a leader.
“You never know who is watching, so I want to be at my best every time I step on the ice.”