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Nikiforov and Rizan Earn Top Honors

10/05/2019, 9:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin - Content Manager

Pair of Avalanche Players Named Stars of the Month

HOOKSETT, NH -- As one month leads into another in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHL), both Victor Nikiforov and Cable Rizan can reflect fondly on the month of September. Each Avalanche player was named a Star of the Month in their respective division, Nikiforov (EHL) and Rizan (EHLP).

Nikiforov - Forward of the Month (EHL)

Nikiforov and the Avalanche are off to another hot start this season, going 4-1-0 over the first four weeks of play. As one of of nine returners for the Avalanche, Nikiforov has already shown his strong presence within the group of forwards, tallying nine total points to his name. The ’99 forward came over to the Avalanche from the NCDC during the 2018-19 season, and was able to notch nine points in 11 regular season games, and then earned another two points during New Hampshire's playoff run to their second consecutive title

As the Avalanche look to three-peat, they will play eight more games in October with over half of them on the road, including a trip to Philadelphia for the second edition of the 2019-20 EHL Showcase Series.

Rizan - Defenseman of the Month (EHLP)

Rizan and the Avalanche have made a name for themselves in the EHLP after just one month of play, as they remain undefeated going 4-0-0 taking down the previous championship teams in the EHLP (Boston Jr. Rangers and New England Wolves). The Avalanche currently rank #2 in the latest set of EHLP Power Rankings.

As for Rizan, the '01 currently leads the EHLP in defensive scoring as well as power-play goals. The native of New Hampshire, recorded a point in every contest, and will look to keep things rolling with nine games on the schedule throughout the upcoming month.