No one in the NAHL has lit up the red light more than Texas Tornado rookie forward, Brandon Hawkins, 18. The native of Macomb, Michigan, leads the Texas Tornado in goals with 16 and points with 18 thanks to his large part to his torrid month of October. In the 10 games, he netted 12 goals and picked up 4 assists in 10 games.
This is his first year with the Texas Tornado as he played for the Little Caesars Midget Major team of the High Performance Hockey League (HPHL) last season. While playing in the HPHL, he played his majority of the time as a defense but now a forward with the Tornado. “I mean I played defense all last year. Moving my feet up the ice and Coach Tony Curtale has been getting me to move my feet a lot more so I have been improving a lot on my game as a forward.”
He also said due to his big performance in October and getting the honors of being named the NAHL forward of the month was a big thanks to his line mates Scott Conway and Jason Eddy. “It actually felt great getting those honors of being named NAHL forward of the month. It came a lot from my line mates Scott Conway and Jason Eddy. They have been working their butts off and just trying to go to the net hard.”
Even Tornado head coach Tony Curtale told me that having Brandon Hawkins on the Tornado has been an honor too. “Brandon is a rookie obviously, a young player with an NHL shot…one of the best shots I have coached in Texas for 10 years. He can score a lot of goals. He deserved the player of the month awards. We are just working on his other habits and conditioning (all of other things) so it can happen at the next level. But we think down the road he is going to be excellent for us and be a great D 1 player.”
Hawkins so far has made a big impact on the game of hockey and for the Texas Tornado (14-4-1) who is currently sitting at the second spot in the South Division behind the Topeka Road Runners (14-3-2) as they are looking to win their second Robertson Cup Championship. But as we look at Hawkins’ game and wonder where his love for the game of hockey came from. We would all guess it would be his Dad but he told Blackout Dallas who it was. “I actually have two inspirations. They would be Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brett Hull when played for the Detroit Red Wings.”
Brandon Hawkins is still young and will develop into a great hockey player but right now he is living his dream right now playing for the Texas Tornado. Hopefully he can keep up the goals and lead the mighty Texas Tornado to another Robertson Cup Championship.
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