Pittsburgh, PA – The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club of the Tier I Hockey Federation (THF)
have announced that Esmark Stars 18U AAA Hockey forward Aiden Petroff has signed a North
American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the New Hampshire Mountain Kings.
The 17-year-old forward from Natrona Heights, PA, recorded seven points (4 goals and 3
assists), including one power play goal, in 17 THF regular season games, and six points (3 goals
and 3 assists), in 4 THF Playoff games in helping lead the U18 Stars to the THF Playoff
Championship game.

Overall the 5’11” / 170 lbs. forward tallied 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists), including one power
play, one shorthanded goal and three game-winning goals, in 53 games played for Esmark’s
U18 AAA Midget Major squad.

The 2023-24 season was Petroff’s first season with the Esmark Stars program.
“Aiden is an extremely talented hockey player with an elite level skill set,” said Esmark 18U
head coach Dave Kosick. “He combines an elite level skating ability, with an elite level stick
handling skill set and a marksman shooting talent … all skills that Junior A teams desire.”
Petroff becomes the seventh member of the 2023-2024 Esmark Stars AAA Hockey program to
sign a tender with a Junior A club for the upcoming season.

Petroff joins 18U teammates Alex Thomas (Colorado Grit), Timur Naletov (Danbury Hat
Tricks), Max Rutkowski (Oklahoma Warriors) and Mykyta Yalovyi (Lone Star Brahmas), as well
as 16U Esmark forwards Emmet McClaine and Vitaliy Ulianov, who both signed with the
Johnstown Tomahawks, in signing tender agreements with the NAHL teams.

New Hampshire is in the NAHL’s nine-team East Division along with the Danbury Hat Tricks
(CT), Johnstown Tomahawks (PA), Maine Nordiques, Maryland Black Bears, New Jersey Titans,
Northeast (MA) Generals, Philadelphia (PA) Rebels and Rochester (NY) Jr Americans.
The Mountain Kings play in the Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, NH, and are led by Head
Coach Cam Robichaud.

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