The North American Prospects Hockey League announced their Franklin Peak Performer award winners this week. The top AAA performer signed a tender-contract with the Aberdeen Wings for next season.
18U Franklin Peak Performer (Offense) – Ronald Hein, forward, Lansing Capitals
Lansing Capitals forward Ronald Hein, 16, has already experienced a memorable season. He has eclipsed last year’s point total, he is leading the Capitals in scoring, he signed an NAHL tender with the Aberdeen Wings and now thanks to his performance in Oxford, Hein (5’11/160) has added the Franklin 18U Offensive Peak Performer award winner to his list of accomplishments. As the Capitals put together a 3-2 record at the event, the native of Chelsea, Michigan recorded eight points in the five games. In Hein’s first two games of the event, he scored both game-winning goals in wins over Atlanta and Detroit. In the process, he scored five points in the two wins. After going scoreless in a 2-1 loss to Omaha, Hein got back to earning points with an assist in a 4-3 win over New Jersey and two more assists in a 4-2 loss to the Texas Tornado. In 18 NAPHL games played this season, Hein has 25 points, which ranks tied for 6th among NAPHL 18U scorers and his 14 goals ranks 4th.
“For a younger player, Ronnie has adapted really well to the 18U level of play and has developed into a great, all-around offensive player,” said Lansing 18U head coach Brian Sherry. “He has a knack of scoring the big goals and key moments in the game. He plays in the hard areas of the ice and isn’t afraid to do so. Ronnie works very hard and has a great compete level. Coaching him is a real reward for me because he has great character and you see him developing into a better player and person on a daily basis.”
“Ronnie is a smooth skating forward with very good hockey sense,” said Francis Anzalone, Aberdeen Wings associate head coach and Director of Player Personnel. “He is a competitive, driven young man who is passionate about his development and growth in the right junior environment.”