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Huntington Beach native Zapata earns weekly NAHL award


The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending Oct. 28, 2018.

The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2018-19 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions.

Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.


Central Division Star of the Week: Dante Zapata, forward, Austin Bruins

With three more wins this past week, the Bruins continue to be the league’s hottest and best team.

Zapata, a 20-year-old third-year forward, had a big week as he put up six points (one goal, five assists) in the three wins. The Huntington Beach native began the week with a goal and two assists in a 3-1 home win over the Minnesota Wilderness on Wednesday. On Friday, Zapata had an assist in a 5-4 road win against the Chippewa Steel. On Saturday, he picked up two more assists in a 5-0 home win over the Steel.

For the season, Zapata is second in team scoring with 12 points in 13 games.

“This is Dante’s third season as a Bruin and he’s paid his dues,” said Austin coach Steve Howard. “He plays the game the right way and we use him in all situations. We are hoping that a NCAA Division I program will see that potential and the fact that he can fit anywhere in their lineup next season.”

(Oct. 29, 2018)

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