The Pizza 73 AJHL Player of the Week is Spruce Grove Saints Captain Luigi Benincasa. The Edmonton, AB forward recorded four points, earned two Viterra AJHL Star of the Game awards and scored a game winning goal during three games played.
Benincasa (2002) and the Saints opened the week on December 6th with a 4-3 win versus the Lloydminster Bobcats. Luigi picked up an assist in the win and the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game. The Saints shutout the South Division’s top team on December 6th with a 2-0 win over the Brooks Bandits. Benincasa added an assist on the first goal of the game which was the eventual game winner. On December 10th, Luigi scored his third game winning goal of the season and recorded his 24th assist of the season in a 3-2 victory versus the Calgary Canucks. He was awarded his second Viterra AJHL Star of the Game award of the week.
The Ferris State University (NCAA) commit is tied for the lead in team scoring with 37 points (13G, 24A) and 12th in AJHL Scoring Leaders. The Saints are 8-1-1 (W-L-OTL) in their last ten games and sit on top of the Viterra AJHL North Division.
Pizza 73 AJHL Player of the Week Recipients:
- September 16th-25th, 2022: Brett Meerman, Blackfalds Bulldogs
- September 26th-October 2nd, 2022: Cody Pisarczyk, Spruce Grove Saints
- October 3rd-9th, 2022: Cooper Smyl, Whitecourt Wolverines
- October 10th-16th, 2022: Tyler Wallace, Blackfalds Bulldogs
- October 17th-23rd, 2022: Aiden Fink, Brooks Bandits
- October 24th-30th, 2022: Kayden Smith, Canmore Eagles
- October 31st-November 6th, 2022: Ty Daneault, Drumheller Dragons
- November 7th-13th, 2022: Nicolas Beaudoin, Bonnyville Pontiacs
- November 14th-20th, 2022: Aiden Fink, Brooks Bandits
- November 21st-27th, 2022: Elliot Dutil, Brooks Bandits
- November 28th-December 4th, 2022: Justin Barker, Calgary Canucks
- December 5th-11th, 2022: Luigi Benincasa, Spruce Grove Saints