Our “Where Are They Now?” feature chronicles the lives and careers of our Tomahawks alumni. We recently caught up with forward Alex Alger, who spent two seasons with Johnstown from 2014-2016.
In 68 games played, he amassed 54 points (21 goals and 33 assists) along with two points (two assists) in six playoff games.
He currently plays NCAA Division I hockey for the Miami University RedHawks, who play in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
For him, it’s been a change transitioning from the NAHL to collegiate hockey.
“The biggest difference between playing for Johnstown and Miami has been the size and speed of the game,” Alex said. “Playing in the NCHC, arguably one of the toughest conferences, you are consistently playing top-ranked teams and players.”
But he credits playing in the NAHL for helping him prepare for the next step in his hockey career.
“Playing in the NAHL certainly helped prepare me for playing at the college level,” he said. “For me, as a relatively undersized player, the NAHL provided me the time that I needed to grow and mature as a player both physically and mentally.”
Even though his days as a Tomahawk are over, he still remembers his time in Johnstown quite fondly.
“I loved everything about my time in Johnstown,” Alex said. “First off, I was fortunate enough to be put with a host family, Cathy and Mick Lohr, that made their house feel like a home for me. They welcomed me with open arms and treated me as if I were one of their own sons. To this day I still keep in close contact with them.”
“As far as hockey goes, Johnstown was an awesome place to play,” he said. “As a player, I was provided with every opportunity to grow and be successful. Also, the atmosphere and crowd at the War Memorial was second to none, and always a fun place to play. Overall, I will forever cherish my time spent in Johnstown and the relationships that I have built.”