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College commitment: Blanchard to play for King’s College

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — Texas Brahmas forward Tyler Blanchard has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

“I’m honored to announce that I will be continuing my education and playing NCAA hockey at King’s College,” said Blanchard, regarding his commitment. “I’d like to thank all of my friends, family, teammates, and coaches for all that they have done for me throughout this journey. I’d also like to give a huge thanks to Ryan Anderson and all he’s done over the last three years. He’s given me an indescribable amount of life and hockey advice, and it was a great privilege to play my junior career under him. I’m excited for the next four years. Go Monarchs!”

A three-season veteran and alternate captain of the Texas Brahmas, Tyler Blanchard amassed 200 (81g-119a) points during his career in the NA3HL. The skater has a +165 rating, averages 1.64 points per game, and was consistently one of the top-scorers on the squad and in the league overall. During the Fraser Cup Championship run this year, Blanchard recorded eight points (4g-4a) in eight games. In the 2020-21 regular season, Blanchard totaled 75 points (26g-49a), ranking him first on the Brahmas in goals scored, points and assists. A native of San Jose, Calif., Blanchard is a product of the San Jose Jr. Sharks organization, recording 171 points on the 16 and 18U levels.

“We are incredibly proud and excited for Tyler and his family with the announcement of his commitment to King’s College,” said head coach of the Texas Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Blanch has been a key component to our success since he arrived in 2018-2019. It has been an absolute pleasure watching him grow on and off the ice. I will forever be grateful for what he has done for the Texas Brahmas program. King’s College is getting a 200-foot player that can play in all situations and brings a winning attitude to its program. I look forward to watching Blanch have success in the classroom and on the ice. I know that when Blanch has finished his career at King’s that they will struggle to replace him just like we will here in Brahmaland.”

“For the King’s Coaching staff, we genuinely believe Tyler’s commitment is a pivotal moment for our hockey program,” said head coach of the King’s College men’s hockey program, Tom Seravalli. “To commit one former Fraser champion is fantastic, but to get two is the cherry on top! When Tyler told us he was coming to King’s, we were beyond excited to have another Brahma join our hockey family. We believe that Tyler is a program-changing caliber player and he will make an immediate impact for us as we move into the next chapter of developing our program. When we got the great news, we already knew we had the perfect linemate for him to compliment his game (current teammate and fellow King’s commit Jack Cooper). Tyler is a smart, hard-nosed, transformative, prolific goal scorer which has led him to the top of the league in points this season. It’s rare to find a player with the natural ability to score and we believe Tyler is that piece to the puzzle for us. As for off the ice, Tyler is outgoing, respectful, bright, and a loyal individual who possesses all the intangibles that we look for in a recruit. We have no doubt that Tyler will continue to show strong character and work ethic here at King’s, the same attributes that led coach RA and the Brahmas to announce him as their alternate captain this season. We value everything Tyler brings to the table and we can’t wait to have him on the ice with us next season!”   

Blanchard joins the ranks of three other Brahmas to make college commitments this season: Leevi Selänne (Curry College) and Ian Erdman (Saint Mary’s) and Jack Cooper (King’s College). King’s College, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., plays in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

College commitment: Cooper to play at King’s College

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — Texas Brahmas forward Jack Cooper has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to get a great education and play college hockey at King’s College,” said Cooper, regarding his commitment. “I would like to thank my coaches Ryan Anderson and CJ Sweigert for all the hard work and countless hours they have dedicated to helping me get to this position. I also would like to thank my current and former teammates and my family.”

One of the remaining 2019 Fraser Cup champions on the Texas Brahmas, Cooper has tenured three seasons on the squad, totaling 202 points (78g-124a) in 133 games played. The skater has a +159 rating, as well as averages 1.52 points per game. During the championship run in 2019, Cooper recorded six points (4g-2a) in eight games. In the 2020-21 regular season, the forward had 66 points (26g-40a), ranking him second on the Brahmas in points and assists, and tying him for first in goals scored. A native of Santa Cruz, Calif., Cooper is a product of the San Jose Jr. Sharks organization, recording 142 points on the 16 and 18U levels.

“I am extremely proud and happy that Coop has earned this fantastic opportunity to continue his hockey career and further his education at King’s College,” said head coach and general manager of the Texas Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Coach Seravalli and King’s College are getting a fantastic person and one heck of a hockey player. Jack has been a part of our Brahma family for three seasons and has left a huge mark on the NYTEX Sports Center. He has developed into a 200-foot player who can be trusted in all situations. Coop leaves a legacy of selflessness, hard work, and success that will be very hard to replace in our locker room. We look forward to watching his continued success on and off the ice at King’s College!”

“We were on Cooper early and ecstatic when he announced that he would be coming to play for King’s College next year,” said men’s hockey head coach at King’s College, Tom Seravalli. “What’s most important is that we are getting an unbelievable individual. What we value most about Cooper are his characteristics and core beliefs – humble, respectful, a leader, hard work ethic, strives for perfection and treats every day as a professional. As for the hockey side, Coop’s game immediately jumped off the page: high hockey IQ, excellent stickhandling ability, a strong knack for scoring and his responsible two-way game. On top of that, it never hurts to have a former Fraser Cup Champion join the program as he knows what it takes to win at a high level. The coaching staff here at King’s has no doubt that Cooper will have a successful transition to the college game!”

Cooper joins the ranks of two other Brahmas to make college commitments this season: Leevi Selänne (Curry College) and Ian Erdman (Saint Mary’s). King’s College, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., plays in the Middle Atlantic Conference.


College Commitment: Selänne to play at Curry College

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — Texas Brahmas forward Leevi Selänne has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Curry College in Milton, Mass.


“I am extremely excited and honored to announce my commitment to play NCAA Division III hockey at Curry College,” said Selänne regarding his commitment. “I will be joining my older brother Eetu for his final season, which will be an awesome experience. I could not have achieved this without my loving family, friends, coaches, and most importantly my teammates. I also want to thank all of the organizations I have played for and been a part of. Texas and the Texas Brahmas will always have a special place in my heart.”


The skater is a veteran for the Brahmas, as well as an alternate captain, appearing in 67 games for the squad over two seasons. Selänne so far has accumulated 73 points (37g-36a), with 12 in the past ten games played. A native of Coto De Caza, Calif., the forward averages a point per game in the 2020-21 season.


“The Texas Brahmas are extremely proud to be able to announce Leevi’s commitment to Curry College,” said head coach of the Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Sels has been a crucial piece of our success in the past two seasons. He brings unbelievable energy and excitement to our locker room. On the ice, he has proven to be a consistent scoring threat with a physical edge as well. I look forward to watching Leevi continue to grow as a person and player at the collegiate level and wish him continued success.”


Selänne will be suiting up for Curry with his brother, veteran forward Eetu Selänne. Before the cancellation of the 2019-20 men’s hockey season, Curry recorded a record of 12-4-2 (W-L-OTL) and ranked third within their conference. 

College Commitment: Erdman to play at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — Texas Brahmas defenseman Ian Erdman has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.


“I am grateful for the opportunity to play collegiate hockey while furthering my education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota,” said Erdman, regarding his commitment. “I am deeply appreciative of my family, coaches, and teammates for their support and motivation over the years. I’m excited and proud to represent Texas hockey in Minnesota.”


Erdman is a three-season veteran defenseman for the Brahmas, as well as an alternate captain, playing 106 games for the team. In his tenure, the defenseman tallied 46 points (15g-31a), as well as played in the 2019 Fraser Cup Championship run. A Flower Mound, Texas native, Erdman has been a staple leader for the squad on and off the ice. The skater’s play during his time with the Texas Brahmas has also earned him a call up to the NAHL on two separate occasions; once during the 2019-2020 season to the Springfield Blues and also in the 2020-2021 season to the Lone Star Brahmas. He was also selected to participate in the 2019-2020 NA3HL Top Prospects tournament.


“I am so proud of this accomplishment for Ian. It has been a pleasure watching his progress over the past three seasons. His work ethic and dedication are second to none. His goal was to commit to an NCAA hockey program and he did everything possible to make it a reality. Ian has never shied away from doing the extra work that it takes to make your dreams come true. I can’t wait to see what he becomes at Saint Mary’s. It will be impossible to replace what Ian has meant to the Texas Brahmas and the NYTEX Sports Center. Coach Egan and Coach Elliot are getting a player who will do anything for his team and will be a great addition to the university.”


Saint Mary’s Assistant Coach Jonathan Elliot had this to say about the addition of Erdman. 


“We’re excited to add Ian to our program. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Ian both on and off the ice over the last few years. His compete and work ethic will be a great addition to our team. Ian is a first-class human being as well who will excel not only on the ice but also in the classroom and in the Saint Mary’s community.”

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is located in Winona, Minn., and plays in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

Three former Brahmas commit to collegiate hockey

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — Three former Texas Brahmas will be trading their NA3HL jerseys for college campuses this fall. John Ogeka, Cory Scull and Michael Thomas Jr. all committed to various collegiate hockey programs during the 2019-20 season and offseason. Hear from Texas Brahmas Head Coach Ryan Anderson on each of the skaters and what’s next in their hockey careers. 

“We pride our program on the fact that we not only develop players with a winning pedigree but we develop them as people as well,” said Anderson. “Ogeka, Scull, and Thomas were beloved members of our Brahmas and NYTEX Family who will be missed around the rink. As members of our Fraser Cup Championship squad in 2019, the leadership and lessons they provided our young players during our 19-20 NA3HL Regular Season was instrumental in our group being able to end the regular season as the NA3HL Regular Season Champions. We believe that team success will lead to individual success and we couldn’t be happier to see them move on to outstanding college institutions while continuing their hockey career.”

John Ogeka, Trine University (ACHA)

The defenseman finished out his NA3HL regular career by playing two seasons with the Texas Brahmas, appearing in 72 games. Ogeka recorded 11 points (2g-9a) and finished the 2019-20 season with a +39. The skater was also selected to represent the South Division in the 2020 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. Ogeka is a Erie, Pa. native. 

Coach’s comments: “OG is the type of person that every team needs to be successful. He is universally loved by all of his teammates and will do anything and everything to help out the guy next to him. I was so proud to see him develop into a player that will be a huge addition to the Trine program. I believe that after 4 years at the Trine the staff there will be saying the same things I am saying now. We are happy and excited to watch John continue his career at Trine but he leaves a hole that will be hard to fill here in Brahmaland.” 

Cory Scull (Mercyhurst, ACHA)

After arriving at NYTEX Sports Centre from the USPHL’s Hartfort Jr. Wolfpack, Scull transitioned to produce within the NA3HL on the Texas Brahmas. Playing 54 games and notching 25 points (11g-14a), the skater established himself as an offensive force. Scull also scored an assist during the successful 2019 NA3HL Fraser Championship run. The forward hails from Holland, N.Y.

Coach’s comments: “Sculler made a huge step during our second half of the season.  He found a higher level of compete and it showed on the stat sheet. At the start of the season, Mercyhurst was the school he wanted to go to and I am so glad that the Brahmas could help him make his dreams become a reality. Sculler is going to be able to play close to home and I know how much this means to him and his family. The Mercyhurst staff is getting a player that will do whatever it takes to be successful on and off the ice.

Michael Thomas Jr., Iowa State (ACHA)

The right-handed forward completed two seasons with the Texas Brahmas from 2018-20, playing 85 games and tallying 49 points (19g-30a). Thomas appeared in eight of the playoff matchups during the championship 2019 NA3HL Fraser Cup run. The skater moves to Ames, Iowa from Puiallup, Wash.

Coach’s comments: “Mikey meant the world to our club. He is the definition of a hard nosed player that is willing to sacrifice himself for the team. He will bring a hard and nasty 200ft game to Iowa State. Our program will miss the determination he brought night in and night out, not many guys are willing to play the way he plays. He leaves big shoes to fill in our leadership group this upcoming season.”  

“Ogeka, Scull, and Thomas leave a lasting legacy with our NA3HL program,” concluded Anderson. “I feel lucky to have had the honor of coaching them and watching them develop into high character individuals who in my opinion will be extremely successful in the next chapter of their lives. They have made me a better coach and I thank them for what they have done for our team.  We will be watching them over the next 4 years and look forward to one day seeing them again in Brahmaland.”

Many college hockey programs have delayed the start of the 2020-21 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic.