Hempfield goalie Androkites honored by NAPHL
By Brittany Goncar
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
When the North American Prospects Hockey League announced its All-PHL teams earlier this month, three members of the 18U Viper Stars were recognized for their accomplishments this season, including Hempfield's Alex Androkites.
The 17-year-old goalie was named to the first team, as the No. 1 goalie out of 34.
“It's quite a recognition by the league for a goaltender,” said Dave Kosick, Vipers 18U-AAA head coach, “because unlike the other positions there's one guy on that first team. To be the No. 1 goalie to be recognized by the league is quite an accomplishment.“
Androkites finished the 2012-13 season with a 23-7-3-4 record, a 2.06 goals-against average and a save percentage of 89.55 percent in 37 games for the Vipers. He also played in net for Hempfield's high school team, which finished with a 6-20 record this year.
“Almost everybody on the (Vipers) team plays for their high school team,” Androkites said. “It's such a great opportunity that we can showcase our talent at the high school level as well as at the AAA (level). I was thankful for that.”
Standing just 5-foot-8, Androkites surprisingly credits his success to his smaller stature.
“I think it's an advantage being smaller,” Androkites said. “I'm quick and scouts like to look at that. Also, the other team is looking at you and they want to shoot high. I'm active. I can play the puck. They're not expecting it, so I think it's more of advantage to me.”
A multi-sport athlete, Androkites said swimming has helped him condition for his hockey seasons. He also has worked with personal trainers, including Jeremy Kaleniecki and Cody Krynock.
Even with so much time committed to athletics, Androkites deems his studies most important and was named to the NAPHL All-Academic team by maintaining above a 3.5 grade-point average.
The senior has not decided where he will attend college yet, but plans on playing club hockey while majoring in biology. In the long run his sights are set on medical school. Inspired by the book “Gifted Hands” by Dr. Ben Carson and both of his parents who are doctors, Androkites hopes to help patients with Alzheimer's.
“Whatever pathway that Alex ends up on, I suspect he'll be successful,” Kosick said. “He's a very passionate, driven young guy. His desire to succeed will benefit him in whatever roadway he ends up on.”
Brittany Goncar is a freelance writer.
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