Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Juha was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week.
Juha is in his fourth year at Penn State University, played one season in Vernon (2011-12). Juha played in just ten games picking up two assists, due to two long term injuries that season. The Vipers acquired Juha from the OJHL Burlington Cougars on June 27th 2011 for future considerations.
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This was posted on the Penn State website:
Juha Nabs Big Ten Third Star of the Week
Senior defenseman Luke Juha named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for four-point week at Three Rivers Classic
Jan. 5, 2016
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State men’s hockey senior defenseman Luke Juha (Mississauga, Ontario) was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week on Tuesday morning by the conference office. Juha had a conference-leading four-point week at the Three Rivers Classic with a plus-4 rating to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Juha collected his first weekly honor of his career by notching back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in his career. His outstanding play at both ends of the ice allowed him to tally four points on a goal and three assists. Juha scored and had a helper in a loss to Robert Morris before adding two assists in a 5-1 win over Clarkson the following night.
Additionally, Juha had six blocks over the week and he currently leads the team (29) in the category. Juha is the most productive blueliner with 13 points on three goals and 10 assists, reaching double digits in the category for the first time in his career. Juha leads the team with a plus-15 rating and has yet to take a penalty this season.
Juha is the seventh different Nittany Lion to earn weekly plaudits from the Big Ten. Over the past two seasons, Penn State has received 17 weekly laurels, 10 of which came during 2014-15. This week’s other two stars are both goaltenders: Ohio State’s Christian Frey and Steve Racine of Michigan, first and second, respectively.
The Nittany Lions, who continue to be ranked in both national polls return to the ice on Friday to face Big Ten foe Minnesota inside Pegula Ice Arena. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. with a national broadcast on Big Ten Network and streaming through BTN2Go. Saturday’s game will be played at 3 p.m. with video streaming through BTN Plus ($).
Both games will carry a radio broadcast on the Penn State Sports Network with live audio streaming through GoPSUnow and the Penn State Sports App.
Head coach Guy Gadowsky, who is one win shy of 225 for his collegiate career, will host his weekly radio show, The Penn State Coaches Show, on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The show will originate from Lettermans Sports Grill on at 1031 East College Avenue in State College. That show will also air live on GoPSUnow and the Penn State Sports App as well as the opening 30 minutes on 1450 AM ESPN Radio in State College.
Penn State’s 2015-16 Big Ten Stars of the Week
Oct. 13 – Curtis Loik (First)
Oct. 20 – Alec Marsh (Second)
Oct. 27 – Chase Berger (Third)
Nov. 24 – Andrew Sturtz (Second)
Dec. 1 – Eamon McAdam (First)
Dec. 15 – Tommy Olczyk (Second)
Jan. 5 – Luke Juha (Third)