The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club of the Tier 1 Hockey Federation (T1HF)

have announced that 18U Esmark Stars AAA Hockey forward Mykyta Yalovyi has signed a

North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Lone Star Brahmas.

The 17-year-old forward from Donetsk, Ukraine, has recorded 17 points (8 goals and 9 assists),

including one power play goal and one shorthanded goal in 14 T1HF games to date.

Overall the (6’3’t; / 190 lbs.) forward has tallied 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists), including four power play goals and one shorthanded goal, in 36 games played for Esmark’s U18 AAA Midget Major squad to date (through Dec. 3).

The 2023-24 season is Yalovyi’s first season with Esmark’s U18 Midget Major squad and second season overall with the Esmark Stars program.

During the 2022-23 season, Yalovyi registered 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 14 T1HF

appearances for Esmark’s U16 AAA Midget Minor squad.

Overall during the 2022-23 season, Yalovyi tallied 60 points (31 goals, 29 assists), including six

power-play and three short-handed goals, in 66 games played for the 16U Esmark squad.

“Mykyta is a man-child with tremendous strength who can dominate a game,” said Esmark 18U

head coach Dave Kosick. “As he continues to mature and harnesses his game, the sky is the limit for him in terms of where he will end up playing. His style of play should fit in well with Lone

Star and the Southern Division of the NAHL.”

Yalovyi becomes the fourth member of the 2023-2024 Esmark 18U AAA team to sign a tender

with a Junior A club. Teammates Alex Thomas, Colorado Grit; Max Rutkowski, Oklahoma

Warriors; and Timur Naletov, Danbury Hat Tricks had all previously signed tender agreements

with the NAHL teams.

The Brahmas, who play in the NAHL’s nine-team South Division along with the Amarillo (TX)

Wranglers, Colorado Grit, Corpus Cristi (TX) IceRays, El Paso (TX) Rhinos, New Mexico Ice

Wolves, Odessa (TX) Jackalopes, Oklahoma Warriors and Shreveport (LA) Mudbugs, play in

the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, TX, and are led by Head Coach Dan


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