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Esmark Stars, Latrobe forward J.T. Schimizzi signs tender with NAHL Fairbanks

Jared Schimizzi playing for Latrobe in a game against Moon at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg on Jan. 5, 2017. -- BRIAN MITCHELL

Forward Jared Schimizzi is the fifth Esmark Stars U18 player to sign a North American Hockey League tender agreement this year, inking his name with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Schimizzi, 18, just completed his first year with the U18 Stars and recorded 18 points (six goals, 12 assists), including one powerplay goal, in 18 regular season games in the NAPHL.The Greensburg, Pennsylvania native was a part of Esmark’s successful run in the postseason, where the Stars won their first U18 Dixon Cup in club history. In five playoff games, Schimizzi tallied two points – both assists.

He also played in 18 games with Latrobe in the PIHL this season, scoring 17 goals and recording 21 assists for 38 points. In four years with the Wildcats, he scored 51 goals and had 55 assists for 106 points in 63 games.

“I am so very happy for J.T.,” said Stars 18U Head Coach Dave Kosick in a press release. “He shows up every day, prepares hard, and has stayed focused on creating an opportunity for himself at the next level. His hockey acumen and IQ are truly off the charts.”

Schimizzi stacks up as a 6-foot, 168-pound forward, and recorded 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists) in 61 total games inside Esmark’s organization. The 18-year-old has six powerplay goals and one shorthanded goal for the Stars U18 AAA team.

Like his fellow teammates also signing NAHL tenders, Schimizzi was part of the Stars 16U Dixon Cup Championship win. He tallied 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 27 games – five of which came in the playoffs. Because of his highly-touted talent, Schimizzi was invited to participate in the NAPHL 16U All-Star Game.

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