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Nolan Machala Shines Bright: Midwest Division Honors Chicago Cougars' Defensive Ace


#75 Defenseman Nolan Machala | USPHL Midwest Division Defenseman of the Week
#75 Defenseman Nolan Machala | USPHL Midwest Division Defenseman of the Week

BENSENVILLE, Ill.- Amidst a week filled with outstanding performances, the Chicago Cougars Elite squad has another reason to celebrate as defenseman Nolan Machala earns the title of Midwest Division Defenseman of the Week. The skilled defenseman showcased his abilities in a standout performance against the Blaze on January 17, making significant contributions to the team's victory.


#75 Defenseman Nolan Machala | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#75 Defenseman Nolan Machala | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Hailing from Tinley Park, Illinois, Machala exhibited his skills on the ice by recording a pair of crucial assists during the Jan. 17 matchup. His adept reading of the game and precise plays were key factors in the Cougars' success in that particular game, highlighting his defensive skills and playmaking abilities.


Taking a closer look at Machala's impressive season statistics, it's evident that he has been a linchpin for the Cougars on the defensive end. In 26 games played, Machala has accumulated a total of 12 points, showcasing a balanced contribution to both offensive and defensive aspects of the game.


Let's break down Nolan Machala's elite performance in the 2023-2024 season:


  • Games Played: 26

  • Goals: 4

  • Assists: 8

  • Points: 12

  • Penalty Minutes: 10

Machala's knack for finding the back of the net (4 goals) and creating opportunities for his teammates (8 assists) has made him a formidable force on the blue line. His total of 12 points reflects his well-rounded skills and the impact he has on the team's offensive capabilities.


#75 Defenseman Nolan Machala | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#75 Defenseman Nolan Machala | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Not only does Machala contribute significantly on the offensive front, but his disciplined play is evident in the modest 10 penalty minutes he has accumulated. This balance between offensive production and defensive responsibility underscores Nolan's maturity and poise.


The Chicago Cougars take pride in Nolan Machala's accomplishments, and this recognition as the Midwest Division Defenseman of the Week is a well-deserved honor for the talented defenseman. As the season progresses, all eyes will be on Machala as he continues to make his mark on the ice and contribute to the team's success.


From the entire Chicago Cougars organization, congratulations, Nolan Machala, on this major accomplishment!

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