Finkel Commits to St. Thomas Aquinas

Stephen Finkel commits to play hockey for St. Thomas Aquinas ACHA DIII next season.

Sparkhill, NY – The Spartans are excited to announce the signing of Stephen Finkel.

Stephen “Fink” Finkel, was a stand out leader for the Skyland Kings 2017-18 season, where he recorded 27 points in 45 games last season.

The 20-year-old Warwick, NY native “was a great teammate and leader for us this past season, and became a force in front of the net.” Said Kings Head Coach, Adam Mitchell, “It was a pleasure to watch Fink grow as a player this year, both on and off the ice”.

St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans Hockey play ACHA DIII in the MCHC Division. The Spartans closed out the 2017-2018 season with a 6-13-1 record, and the future has never been brighter for their group of young, but talented men. Coach Matt Schuster continues to build a squad that can reach the MCHC playoffs in the near future and for many years to come.

Spartans Head Coach, Matt Schuster, is “very excited to add Stephen to our Team at STAC. We are confident his experience playing for the Skylands Junior Kings has prepared him to step right in and be a key player for our rebuilding ACHA Division III College Program. We hope Stephen is the first of many players we recruit from the NA3HL to our suburban campus in Sparkhill NY, just 15 miles north of NYC.”


The primary mission of the Skylands Kings and the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the NAHL, is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes whose youth options are limited but are still reaching their potential and have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League (USHL) and eventually the NCAA or American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).


“This was a great placement year for us at the Kings, and we hope to continue to help these young men progress and reach their hockey and collegiate goals”, said Kings General Manager, Rita Mitchell. “We are very proud of our players’ advancement and they achievements they reach year after year.  Each season gets better than the last, and when we can promote great players like Stephen, it speaks highly of the level of hockey talent and all around great men that are coming out of our program.”