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The Lone Star Brahmas will hold a Meet The Team at the NyTex Sports Centre from 6:00 – 7:00pm on Thursday Sept 5th. Owners, players, and coaches will be on hand to greet fans and give them a taste of Junior Hockey before kicking off the preseason schedule on Friday and Saturday against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes.

 

With the move from the CHL minor pro ranks to the NAHL Tier II level of play, fans can expect to see some changes on the ice. The teams will be younger consisting of players ranging in age from 16 – 20 years old. However, for those who think that the NAHL is high school hockey, they will have a pleasant surprise with the quality of play they see on the ice. In addition those CHL fans will see some old rivalries renewed against Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Odessa and Rio Grande Valley.

 

The NAHL is full of talented players from across the country and around the world who are competing for a coveted NCAA scholarship or an NHL draft selection. There were approximately 200 NAHL players who signed NCAA Div I and Div III college commitments last season. In the past two NHL drafts, the NAHL South Division which the Brahmas will compete in, has seen six former players drafted. Fans at NyTex will definitely be watching the stars of tomorrow.

 

Tarrant county has a rich tradition of hockey and the Lone Star Brahmas franchise will only strengthen that tradition. The franchise entered the NAHL as the expansion Texas Tornado playing at NyTex during the 2009/10 season setting the record for wins by an expansion team with a 41-12-2 record. In 13 seasons the Tornado never failed to reach the post season and five times finished as the NAHL Robertson Cup National Champions. With the team now returning to their original roots at NyTex they will take on the Lone Star Brahmas moniker and look to extend their playoff run to 14 straight.

 

Nine veterans will be returning from last season’s team who made it to the Division Finals round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the eventual Robertson Cup Champions. The Brahmas should be strong on the blue-line with five veterans in the lineup who played 39 or more games last season. On the offensive side four forwards are back to help generate a scoring punch. The roster heading into the preseason schedule will include three rookie goalies who have all shown great promise. The current 25 man roster is listed below with returning veterans in purple.

 

Forwards

Name Height Weight Last Team      League Games Played G A Pts PIMs Comments
Cam    Brown 5′ 11″ 154 Texas Tornado – NAHL 48 3 4 7 47 2012 Tornado 9th round selection
Ryan    Watson 5′ 11″ 179 Stratford Cullitons – GOJHL 51 20 37 57 76 2010 9th round pick by Windsor   Spitfires of OHL
Gordie   Helmuth 5′ 11″ 154 Little Caesars U18 – HPHL 26 6 12 18 24 2012 4th round futures draft pick by Lincoln USHL / 2012 10th round pick by Sault Ste. Marie in OHL draft
Brandon   Anderson 6′ 4″ 209 North Iowa Bulls – NA3HL 8 1 0 1 27 Also played 7 NAHL games with 1G + 0A and 4 PIMs / Tornado Tender
Connor    Millard 5′ 11″ 201 Peoria Mustangs – NA3HL 45 13 7 20 152 2013 7th round draft pick of   Michigan Warriors NAHL
RJ        Salvato 6′ 1″ 161 Colorado Rampage U18 – MWEHL 40 12 17 29 44 2013 2nd round pick of Corpus   Christi Icerays
AJ       Duggan 5′ 9″ 165 Texas Tornado – NAHL 38 16 15 31 40 Stats from last full season 2011/12 – 2012 Tornado 6th round selection – 2G+2A in 4 games with Tornado   2012/13 before season ending injury
Matt         Lison 5′ 10″ 181 Bay State Breakers – EJHL 43 21 19 40 18 Played two season with Breakers   racking up 73 points in 87 games played
Leo       Lumm 5′ 8″ 181 Texas Tornado – NAHL 39 6 5 11 29 2012 Tornado Tender
Mitch   McPherson 6′ 1″ 190 Texas Tornado – NAHL 59 14 13 27 54 41 points in 106 games with Tornado over two seasons. 
Alex       Dagnal 6′ 0″ 201 Buffalo Jr Sabres – OJHL 36 10 15 25 23 2010 8th round pick by Barrie Colts in OHL
Will          White 5′ 9″ 170 Northwood School 2013 Invited to Dallas Stars   Development Camp
Liam   Stirzinger 6′ 2″ 194 California Titans – NAPHL 22 13 11 24 46 2013 Tornado Tender

 

Defensemen

Name Height Weight Last Team     League Games Played G A Pts PIMs Comments
Nick        Blasé 6′ 0″ 205 Texas Tornado – NAHL 40 2 5 7 39 2012 Tornado 3rd round selection
Mitchell   Mueller 6′ 3″ 196 Texas Tornado – NAHL 40 1 3 4 39 2012 Tornado 10th round selection
Anthony   Mousseau 5′ 9″ 170 Texas Tornado – NAHL 55 2 15 17 51 2012 Tornado Tender
Ayrton   Valente 5′ 10″ 174 Mississauga Chargers – OJHL 47 7 16 23 14 Recorded 40 points in 101 Ontario Junior Hockey League games
Jordan   Deckard 5′ 11″ 170 Dallas Ice Jets – WSHL 39 15 22 37 196 Played for WSHL Thorne Cup   Championship last season
Austin   Thielges 5′ 7″ 141 Dallas Stars U18 – MWEHL 40 4 18 22 20 Invited to 2011 USHL Prospects   Combine
Alexey   Solovyev 6′ 1″ 185 Texas Tornado – NAHL 39 1 8 9 4 Joined Tornado mid-season
Donovan   Gardiner 5′ 10″ 161 Texas Tornado – NAHL 45 2 7 9 70 3 NAHL teams last season   Kalamazoo / Janesville / Texas
Johan      Steen 6′ 1″ 190 Dallas Stars U16 – T1EHL 14 3 5 8 4 2013 8th round pick of Muskegon   Lumberjacks USHL

Goalies

Name Height Weight Last Team     League Games Played GAA SV% Comments
Sean     Keating 5′ 11″ 180 Honeybaked Midget Major – HPHL 17 2.34 0.901 2011 Long Island hockey Player of the Year – 2013 MI State Champions and Bronze Medal at US Nationals
Mattias   Soderqvist 6′ 1″ 212 Manglerud Norway – Norway2 17 2.88 0.893 7 of 17 games played was with   Indian Ice in USHL
Jacob    Nehama 6′ 0″ 161 Dallas Stars U18 – MWEHL 24 2.41 0.909 Just missed making 2013 USHL   Lincoln Stars roster out of main camp

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  • Sean

    Sean Keating’s last team played for was HoneyBaked Midget Major. Michigan State Champions and Bronze Medal winner ant USA nationals!

  • HKEstes

    Sean, sorry about that. I was using EliteProspects to gather stats and for some reason the do not show 2012/13 and I didn’t notice the dates. Thanks for the heads-up the roster has now been updated.