Competing in the North American Hockey League may not necessarily be the best career move for a player with aspirations of eventually playing the pro game at the highest level. But 2012 prospect Anthony Stolarz took that route in the 2011-12 season, and so far it is working out better than he had hoped.
Stolarz, a goaltending prospect from Jackson, New Jersey, had aspirations of playing in the USHL this past season, but that avenue remained closed to him. But the affable Stolarz didn't let that deter him, instead choosing the next best option, the NAHL.
Things could not have worked out better for Stolarz, as he has gone from being a mostly unknown quantity to being a rising prospect whose talent is on the radar of several NHL teams.
The 6-5, 200-pound goaltender will ply his trade with the University of Nebraska-Omaha beginning this fall. Stolarz is currently ranked fourth by CSS among North American goalies, and tenth among all goaltenders by ISS.
Stolarz took some time to talk with HF about this past season and about the coming NHL Draft.