Alex Berardinelli of the Pittsburgh Jr Penguins NA3HL team signed a tender to play with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL.
The move seems to be perfect for Alex especially given his youth and the fact that in addition to Fairbanks having a long history of success in the NAHL with their record, more importantly they have been very successful in promoting more than 75 student athletes to the NCAA College hockey ranks.
At only age 16, Alex a 5”8 160 lb. forward and junior at Franklin Regional High School, will be looking to add to the college promotions list of Fairbanks, AK located just a tad west of Pittsburgh. “Alex has worked extremely hard in the class room and on and off the ice to get an opportunity to play for a great organization like the Ice Dogs, “ says Jr Pens Head Coach Brian Cersosimo. “ it is a true testament to not only his determination but what he and his teammates have been able to accomplish together.”
Owner Kevin Morrison added “I recall speaking with his farther a couple years ago when we recruited Alex for our Jr B program team. Although we had to convince him the right move was to give Alex an opportunity to prove his talent against older players, his dad believed in our program and his son’s abilities to overcome the obstacles that most younger players encounter.”
Alex, the second Jr Penguin so far this season to be offered a Tender in the NAHL, is in his second year of junior hockey. He played Jr B in the CHA last season, finishing in the top 15 in scoring as a 15 year old and was a league All-Star. This season, as a rookie in the NA3HL, Alex is second on the team in points, goals, PP points and shorthanded goals. Alex was named the NA3HL’s First Star of the Week back in October and has been a key contributor this season.