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2017-2018 YEAR IN REVIEW: NIC AZAROVITZ ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN STARTS STRONG IN JOHNSTOWN

AZAR'S EDGE IN 2017-18

The native of Michigan was a fourth round draft pick of the Tomahawks in the 2017 NAHL Draft. The defenseman starred with the Compuware U16 program, where he won the HPHL championship in 2016-17.

Azarovitz brought a keen eye for the defensive side of the game to Johnstown and also loads of potential.

He's a big, tall defenseman and knows what it takes to win," Letizia said. "Great stick and great athleticism for a player his size."

In his first NAHL season, Azarovitz had to overcome some obstacles including a mid-season lower-body injury which cut his season short.

NIC BY THE NUMBERS

Although Azarovitz did not find the twine this season, he aided the Tomahawks in other ways with his smart plays in the defensive zone and a good first pass. He tallied three points in his rookie year with three helpers.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

In his first season of junior hockey in the NAHL, Azarovitz, who spent most of the season playing as a 17-year-old rookie, took six classes at the Great Lakes Cyber Academy. He maintained straight A's and a perfect 4.0 average throughout the year while taking Honors classes in English, Statistics, Physics, Business Communication, Psychology, and Art History.

At the conclusion of the season, he then returned back to Canton High School to graduate with honors, taking a full load of classes.

Because of his excellence in the classroom, the North American Hockey League named Azarovitz the recipient of the Apex Learning Virtual School Academic Achievement Award!

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