Rory Shegan-Siniawski - 2005 Black
Rory Shegan-Siniawski is viewed by his peers as the hardest working player on his team. He is the type of player that leads by example and always gives 100% in his drills at practice as well as in every shift he plays during games. Rory is a solid two-way defenseman who is capable of joining the rush when called upon but is equally adept at defending his own goal. For the season, Rory has recorded 4 goals and 8 assists and but had a November to remember as he tallied twice and added 3 assists. Rory’s coach mentioned that seeing his continued growth has been rewarding and noted that said growth is apparent both on and off the ice. While juggling hockey, flag football, volunteering and numerous clubs, Rory has managed to maintain straight A’s thanks to a strong commitment to his school work. Staying active in his Upper St. Clair community is important as Rory has given time to the Community Day as well as his younger brother’s baseball and hockey teams.
Ava McNaughton - 14U Girls
Ava McNaughton tends net for the 14U Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team and could soon see herself protecting the crease of one of the preeminent NCAA Hockey programs in the country. In the midst of posting a stellar 2018-19 season, Ava has recently committed to play collegiately at the University of Wisconsin. She will join a Badgers team that is an annual title contender under coach Mark Johnson. The Wisconsin women are coming off three consecutive first place finishes in the WCHA and have qualified for 11 of the last 13 Frozen Four championships. “Ava is everything that you could ask for as a coach,” said 14U assistant Abby Greenbaum. “She is a fantastic goalie but on top of that is also a great girl and a phenomenal locker room presence for us.”
This season, Ava has impressed on the ice but has also impressed her coaches off the ice. She has played in the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization since she’s been old enough to participate and has played two years at each the 10U, 12U and 14U level and has also played the last two years for the 2004 Black team. Last season, Ava backstopped the team to the quarterfinals of the USA Hockey National Championships. In the springtime, she plays for the West Coast Selects and in 2017 her team won the World Selects Invitational and Ava was named the tournament MVP.
Congratulations to both Rory and Ava on their selections as Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Teammates of the Month for November!