Penalty killing is a crucial aspect of a winning hockey team. And this season, Johnstown was very fortunate to have expert penalty killers on the team.
One of them being Joe Kile.
The rookie forward from Troy, Mich., starred with Detroit Honeybaked and the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, two programs that have produced draft picks and players for the Tomahawks in the last few seasons.
In total, Kile tallied 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) with Honeybaked before being drafted by the Tomahawks in the seventh round of the 2016 NAHL Draft.
That selection proved to pay off for Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia as Kile would be a key penalty killer in the 2016-17 season.
Kile led the Tomahawks in shorthanded goals with three. His nine goals and eight assists earned him a solid campaign with the Tomahawks this season.