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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.

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Palfy signs tender with MN Wilderness

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — Veteran Texas Brahmas defenseman Matej Palfy has signed a tender with the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League, the organization announced Friday.

 

“I am really excited for this opportunity which the Minnesota Wilderness provided me and I am very happy that I will be joining such a great organization,” said Palfy, regarding his tender. “This has been my goal for a long time, but the hard work doesn’t stop here.”

 

Palfy is a three-season veteran of the NA3HL Texas Brahmas, totaling 73 points (23g-50a) in 98 games played. The 6’8 defenseman played a pivotal role in the 2019 Fraser Cup championship run, contributing five points (3g-2a) in eight games. 

 

Palfy is an outstanding two-way player, ranking within the top-scoring defenseman, on the team and across the league, during his tenure on the Brahmas. The Kosice, Slovakia native currently has a +92 rating and averages 0.74 points per game. Palfy also has experience playing for the U16 and U18 National Team in Slovakia. 

 

“This is a great day for Matej!” said head coach of the Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Our club was so excited to get him back over for the second half of the year and for this to happen so soon for him is unbelievable. Matej has worked incredibly hard during his time with the Brahmas, each year he has added layers to his game and I look forward to watching his continued development next season under Coach Vaillancourt.:

 

The MN Wilderness has only had the opportunity to play six games during the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 regulations. The team is based in Cloquet, Minn.

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).

NYTEX to Host NA3HL North Texas Winter Series at Shoebox!

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX– The NYTEX Sports Centre welcomes a pair of teams from the Eastern Division of the NA3HL as the Long Beach Sharks and North East Generals are coming to North Richland Hills to participate in the NA3HL North Texas Winter Series January 4-10, 2021.

The Generals and Sharks will be playing a series of games against the Texas Brahmas, Mid-Cities Junior Stars, and Texas Road Runners.  The series will conclude with a game between the Brahmas and Oklahoma City Blazers that was originally scheduled to take place earlier in the season.  All games will be available on Hockey TV.

This very special series would not be possible without the generous support of Hyatt Place, the collaboration of the North American Hockey League, and of course the tireless efforts of the NYTEX Sports Centre Front Office. The NA3HL Ladder of Advancement now extends its reach from North Richland Hills all the way to the North Eastern United States, in this case to bring opportunity to players on teams unable to showcase their talents because of circumstances beyond their control. The NYTEX Sports Centre leadership is honored to play a role in this remarkable endeavor.

While subject to modifications, the schedule is planned as follows:

January 5 – Brahmas v Sharks 2:15 pm

January 6 – Generals v Stars 11 am

January 6 – Sharks v Road Runners 2:15 pm

January 7 – Generals v Sharks 11 am

January 7 – Sharks v Generals 7:15 pm

January 8 – Stars v Sharks 2:15 pm

January 8 – Brahmas v Generals 7:15 pm

January 9 – Generals v Stars 2:15 pm

January 9 – Brahmas v Sharks 7:15 pm

January 10 – Generals v Road Runners 11 am

January 10 – Brahmas v Blazers 7 pm

Erdman called up to NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — The Texas Brahmas continue to climb the ladder of development, as defenseman and alternate captain Ian Erdman was called up to the Lone Star Brahmas in the North American Hockey League, head coach Ryan Anderson announced Friday.

The 2020-21 season is Erdman’s third season in the NA3HL with the Texas Brahmas, with his veteran status earning the title of alternate captain of the squad. In 105 games played, Erdman has tallied 44 points (15g-29a). This is not the skater’s first game in the NAHL however; the Flower Mound, Texas native laced up for one game during the 2019-20 season for the Springfield Jr. Blues.

“We are incredibly proud of Ian and his call up to Lone Star,” said head coach of the Texas Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Ian is a leader on and off the ice, with the skills to be successful in any offensive and defensive situation. He has proven to have the power, character and skill it takes to play at the North American League level. We wish him the best in the upcoming games.”

The Lone Star Brahmas take on the Odessa Jackalopes tonight and tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. CST in Odessa, Texas. Both games are available to stream on HockeyTV.com.

Series preview: Brahmas match up with Atlanta at home

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — The NA3HL Texas Brahmas host the Atlanta Capitals for the first time in the 2020-21 regular season this weekend, embarking in the first series against Capitals of the year. The Brahmas went 11-0 against the Capitals during the 2019-20 regular season, posting a perfect record.

 

“It will be nice to get back in action in front of our fans on home ice,” said head coach of the Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “We’ve only played one game since November 8. We have been competing very hard in practice and we have also used this time to become a tighter knit group.  Atlanta has had a very successful start to the season and I was very impressed by the quality of their play on video. Our group must understand that last year was last year; this weekend will provide a very strong test and I look forward to seeing how our group responds.”

 

Many of the team’s offensive and defensive core will lace up against Atlanta after recovering from injury. Forward Benjamin Mondou was named the NA3HL South Division Bauer Star of the Week, after a standout offensive performance against the Jr. Stars where he recorded two goals and one assist. 

 

The Brahmas are third in the NA3HL South Division Standings behind the Atlanta Capitals and the Oklahoma City Blazers, posting a record of 9-2-0. Overall, the team is placed ninth within the NA3HL, accumulating 18 points.

 

The puck drops at NYTEX Sports Centre on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. CST. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 and broadcasted on HockeyTV.com.

 

Series preview: Brahmas face the RoadRunners in first away games of the season

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — The NA3HL Texas Brahmas hit the road for the first time in the 2020-21 regular season today, embarking in the second series against Texas RoadRunners of the year. The Brahmas are 2-0 against the RoadRunners in the regular season so far, scoring 14 goals this past weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre. 

“I was very happy with our response this past weekend against the RoadRunners after a disappointing weekend against OKC,” said Head Coach of the Texas Brahmas, Ryan Anderson.  “I was happy to see our group learn from the adversity and get back on track.  The first road trip of the year is always a difficult one. We have talked about the importance of making sure we are ready to play a full 60 on the road. I am excited to see how our first year players handle it.”

While the injury bug has unfortunately bitten a few Brahmas, many of the team’s core head to College Station in hopes of returning with six points and continuing the team’s current two-game winning streak. Forward Tyler Blanchard was named the NA3HL South Division Bauer Star of the Week, after a standout offensive performance against the RoadRunners where he tallied three goals and five assists. 

The Brahmas sit at third in the NA3HL South Division Standings behind the Atlanta Capitals and the Oklahoma City Blazers, posting a record of 5-2-0. The squad clinched the top-ten ranking within the league’s teams with their wins over the RoadRunners, tied for fifth place in goal differential with a value of 20.

The puck drops at Spirit Ice Arena tonight and tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. CST, with Sunday’s contest beginning at 1:45 p.m. CST. All three games will be broadcasted live on HockeyTV.com.

Series preview: Brahmas look to add two against RoadRunners

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — It’s the battle of eastern Texas this weekend as the Texas Brahmas take on the Texas RoadRunners this Saturday and Sunday at NYTEX Sports Centre. The Brahmas look to bounce back after dropping two games against the Oklahoma City Blazers last weekend, ending their 22-game win streak. 

“It was obviously disappointing to our group to be swept at home,” said head coach of the Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Full credit goes to OKC, as they came into our building and gave our team a wake up call. I thought their goalie played extremely well and they took advantage of our mistakes. We have had an extremely tough week in practice and we expect to see improvement in all facets of our game. Our special teams really need to step up and get going.  Coach Beavis has done a fantastic job in turning around the Texas Roadrunners. I expect him to have his team well prepared and we must be ready to perform. This is a very important series for us early in the season. It will be a great indicator as to how this group can deal with and learn from adversity.”

Newcomer Micah Maldonado recorded his first goal as a Brahma in the beginning game of the series, with skaters Danny Barry and Joe Dorion tallying the remaining two of the three goals scored. Mason Mara, Richard Indermill and Blake Rothstein also earned points. The lone goal on Sunday was recorded by Ian Erdman, his first of the 2020-21 NA3HL regular season. 

Two Brahmas hit career milestones over the weekend, as Leevi Selanne played his 50th game for the Texas Brahmas and Tyler Blanchard recorded his 75th career assist.

The Texas RoadRunners start the season with a record of 2-5-1-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL) in eight games played. During the 2019-20 season, the Brahmas met the RoadRunners twelve times, earning a perfect record of 12-0-0-0 against the team. 

Saturday’s contest begins at 7:00 p.m. CST, with Sunday’s puck dropping at 2:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are $5 at the door at NYTEX Sports Centre, with both games also being broadcasted on HockeyTV.

Gilbert called up to NAHL for opening weekend

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — The Texas Brahmas continue to climb the ladder of development, as goalie Dolan Gilbert was called up to the Lone Star Brahmas in the North American Hockey League, Head Coach Ryan Anderson announced Friday. 

This will be the goalie’s NAHL debut. Gilbert started in the Texas Brahmas first game of the 2020-21 season, tallying a 1-0-0 record and posting a 0.966 save percentage on 29 shots. The South Bend, Ind. native is a product of the Ohio Blue Jackets organization, playing 14 games on the 18U AAA team and recording a .902 save percentage. 

“We are extremely happy for Dolan to receive this call up to Lone Star,” said head coach of the Texas Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Assistant Coach of the Lone Star Brahmas, Andrew Whiteside, joined me on the bench for our season opener against the Drillers and came away very impressed with Dolan’s performance. This led to Dolan being invited out to practice with Lone Star this week and Coach Wildfong was impressed as well. Dolan in his short time in Brahmaland has proven to have the talent and character it takes to play at the North American League level. The ovation our team gave him yesterday when we announced the call up was one of my favorite moments as a coach”

The Lone Star Brahmas begin the 2020-21 regular season at 7:30 p.m. CDT this evening in a two-game series against the New Mexico IceWolves. Tickets are still available at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/13828/nytex-sports-centre or at the NYTEX Sports Centre Box Office. Can’t make it to the Shoebox? Catch the broadcast on HockeyTV.com.