The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its All-Division teams and honors for the 2021-22 season and St. Cloud forward Ryan O’Neill, defenseman Evan Murr and goaltender Tomas Bolo have earned All-Central Division Team honors.
O’Neill, a University of St. Thomas commit, led the North American Hockey League in scoring with 80 points in the regular season on 30 goals (8th in the NAHL), 50 assists (2nd in the NAHL) and a league-best 1.40 points/per game. The Roseville, MN native led the Central Division in Points, Goals, Assists, Power Play Points and Points Per Game.
O’Neill set a new franchise record with 146 career points, breaking a record set in 2009 (Jerry Freismuth, 139 points, 2006-09). O’Neill is also became the franchise goals leader with 60 goals and is second in career assists with 86.
Murr, a Minnesota State Mavericks commit, was the top scoring defenseman in the Central Division, second in the NAHL in scoring among defensemen with 43 points. Murr’s 13 goals are the most by a defenseman in the NAHL this season. The Stillwater, MN native played 56 games, posting 13 goals, 30 assists and 43 points, with a plus-17 rating, adding 20 points on the power play.
Bolo, a native of Zilina, Slovakia and member of Slovakia’s World Junior Team, sports the highest win percentage among goalies in the NAHL. Bolo posted the most wins in the Central Division and second-most wins in the NAHL with 29 victories (29-7-1-0). Bolo’s 2.25 goals against average is best in the Central and 4th in the NAHL, and he holds a .912 save percentage. Bolo finished the regular season just shy of franchise records in multiple categories.
The divisional teams and honors represent the four divisions in the NAHL: Central, East, Midwest and South Divisions, as voted upon and selected by the league’s 29 head coaches and league office. The awards are based on performance during the 2021-22 regular season. The complete All-Central team is below and the full NAHL Division Honors can be found here. All-Central Division Team Forward: Michael Mesic, North Iowa Bulls Forward: Cade Neilson, Aberdeen Wings Forward: Ryan O’Neill, St. Cloud Norsemen Defense: Evan Murr, St. Cloud Norsemen Defense: Jon Ziskie, Bismarck Bobcats Goalie: Tomas Bolo, St. Cloud Norsemen
St. Cloud will face the Aberdeen Wings in the Central Division Finals, a best-of-five series that will determine the Central Division champion and team that will advance to the final four of the 2022 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. As the top seed, the Norsemen have home ice advantage.
The playoff series between St. Cloud and Aberdeen will begin this Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, with both games at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex. Tickets are on sale now at tickets.stcloudnorsemen.com — Playoff tickets are just $5 and the $2 Coors and Coors Light beer special will continue throughout the playoffs.
The Norsemen Playoffs are presented by Premier Real Estate Services.
Playoff games will be broadcast live for subscribers on HockeyTV with Voice of the Norsemen, Ashley Chase.