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EHL: Three Little Flyers Earn NAHL Call-ups

02/05/2019, 1:15pm EST
By Anthony Lorusso

George Vonakis Saturday night for NAHL Maryland Black BearsAston, PA -- With the Little Flyers EHL team having the weekend off three players got the opportunity to play in North American League games with three different teams.  Little Flyers Co-Captain Nick Daluisio suited up for the Amarillo Bulls for the second time this season.  While forward Mikey Giampapa was called up for his second stint with the Odessa Jackalopes.  Giampapa’s line mate George Vonakis made his NAHL debut with his hometown Maryland Black Bears.  “It’s great for Nick, Mikey and George to earn the right to get called up to those three teams and actually play significant minutes in those games.  It helps all three guys when they come back to the EHL heading into the playoffs, it gives them a little more confidence and lets them know that they are playing hockey the right way” said Little Flyers EHL Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron. 

The Little Flyers Organization had plenty ties to the weekend series between the Amarillo Bulls and Odessa Jackalopes.  On the ice for Amarillo, Daluisio was joined by Little Flyers EHL Alums Alex Peterson and Brett Abdelnour.  Peterson, recently named an assistant captain for the Bulls is currently in the top 20 in NAHL scoring and last week signed his national letter of intent to play NCAA D1 hockey for Holy Cross.  Abdelnour, also recently named an assistant captain for the Bulls is in the top 30 in NAHL scoring and is expected to make a college commitment soon.  For the Jackalopes, Giampapa played alongside Little Flyers Alum Brendan Coughlin who was also recently named an assistant captain for Odessa.  Giampapa registered his first career NAHL point with a primary assist on Odessa’s first goal of the game Friday night.  

Vonakis, a native of Abingdon, Maryland suited up for the Maryland Black Bears.  In Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Titans, Vonakis scored his first career NAHL goal 2:55 into the first period.  Catron added that these opportunities are not only good for the current Little Flyers players but future ones as well, “For our organization it helps to show that we are willing to put our kids in the best position to succeed whether it is here or at the next level.  It also opens the door for some of our other players in the future when our guys go up to the North American league and perform well.  The opportunity is there.” 

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