We continue to look deeper at our NAHL Top Prospects representatives. Today we highlight the progress of Tomahawks forward and leading goal scorer, Luke Lynch.
Born in Pittsburgh, Lynch’s success in hockey started in high school when he played for Shaler Area. In 29 games with Shaler, Lynch earned 21 goals and 25 assists, a total of 46 points.
He moved onto better competition with the Pittsburgh Hornets U16 in 2011-12 and then advanced further in 2012-13 with the Penguins Elite U18.
In 2013-14, Lynch was named captain of the Penguins Elite team and led the team in scoring that year with 19 goals and 18 assists. On that team were current Tomahawks Dalton Hunter, Tommy Horn, Anthony Parrucci and Adam Pilewicz as well as Tomahawks draft pick Austin Lemieux.
During that season, Tomahawks hockey operations were impressed with Lynch and offered him a tender for the 2014-15 season.
His rookie season in Johnstown proved to be an efficient offensive year. Lynch tallied 15 goals and added seven helpers in 56 games. He was tied for second place in team shorthanded goals with 1.
In 2015, he was drafted by the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League but found his way back to Johnstown for the 2015-16 campaign.
So far, Lynch has blossomed into an offensive threat every time he touches the ice and has become a popular player in the city.
Currently, Lynch is tops on the Tomahawks in goals with 22 and second in points with 41. His 41 points places him eleventh in the league in scoring.
At the Top Prospects Tournament, Lynch will play for the NAHL Selects team along with Filips Buncis and Zak Galambos.
Check back tomorrow when we will talk about Tomahawks defenseman Niko Coffman, who will play for the East team.