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Top Prospects Profile: Troy York

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX — As the top team in the NAHL South Division, the Lone Star Brahmas are sending five players — four forwards and one defenseman — to Team South and two players to the NAHL Selects.

Troy York will be one of the Brahmas’ representatives at the tournament. He, along with his linemates Carson Kelley and Hunter Stanley, will be playing for Team South.

That built-in chemistry with Kelley and Stanley will no doubt come in handy at the tournament, where players often have to get used to brand new linemates in a limited amount of time. That won’t be a problem for York and his linemates, as they’ve played together for nearly the entire season.

“It’s always an honor to go and represent your team there,” York said. “I’m just looking to perform well and show some scouts what I can do.”

There will be scouts aplenty in Plymouth for the Top Prospects tournament, including NCAA and NHL scouts. York has had a very good season with the Brahmas up to this point. With 34 points (20 goals, 14 assists) in 38 games played, York ranks third on the team in points per game.

He is also second on the team in goals scored, trailing only Pete Kessel. (York has 20 on the season, Kessel has 22.)

In addition, if there’s such thing as a clutch factor, York has it. He leads the team in game-winning goals with seven on the season — good enough to share the league lead with Johnstown’s Dalton Hunter.

Brahmas Head Coach Dan Wildfong will be coaching Team South and is looking forward to seeing what York has to offer during the tournament.

“Obviously I want him to accomplish a Division I scholarship,” Wildfong said, “He’s proven that he can score in this league, and I think he can score at the next level.”

York has indeed proven himself to be one of the Brahmas’ most dynamic scorers, and Wildfong made it clear that he thinks highly of York’s offensive abilities. “I think his shot is lethal,” Wildfong said, “And he can go east-west in a hurry. His hockey sense is pretty good, too.”

These skills will all be on display as York takes the ice with Team South for two games during the Top Prospects Tournament. Team South will play Monday, February 27 at 6:00 PM CST and Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 PM CST. All games will be available to stream on Hockey TV.

Top Prospects Profile: Hunter Stanley

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX — As the top team in the NAHL South Division, the Lone Star Brahmas are sending five players — four forwards and one defenseman — to Team South and two players to the NAHL Selects.

Hunter Stanley is one of those seven Brahmas skaters headed to Plymouth, Michigan to play in the NAHL Top Prospects tournament. Stanley, a big 6-foot-2, 200 pound forward, will represent Team South.

“I think it’s going to be a great time up there, playing in front of all the college and NHL scouts and hopefully being able to talk to some,” Stanley said. “A good all-around experience.”

The tournament will be a unique experience for a few Brahmas in particular — Stanley has spent nearly all season skating on a line with Carson Kelley and Troy York, both of whom will also play for Team South.

Their line has been one of the Brahmas’ most productive, registering 109 points through 46 games this season. With the whole line in Michigan, it’s a no-brainer that the three forwards will likely get to hit the ice together.

“[I’m looking forward] to playing with my linemates and helping get them scholarships,” Stanley said.

Hockey is a team sport, and his chemistry with his linemates has undoubtedly played a significant role in his success. From an individual standpoint, though, Stanley has been one of the Brahmas’ most consistent offensive contributors over the course of the season, putting up 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 40 games. 13 of those points have come on the power play, making Stanley one of Lone Star’s top power play producers.

With Brahmas Head Coach Dan Wildfong at the helm of Team South at the Top Prospects Tournament, it’s entirely conceivable that Brahmas fans will have the pleasure of seeing Hunter Stanley create chaos in front of the net on the man advantage for Team South, just as he does for Lone Star.

For his part, Wildfong is pleased to be able to coach Stanley at the tournament.

“[He’s a] big guy with a lot of skill. Good hands. You don’t usually see guys with both in our league. He’s just very good around the net and he’s got a great, quick shot with a quick release,” Wildfong said. “He can make plays with the puck and he’s really worked on his second and third effort to compete and that’s been the difference for him.”

WIldfong, Stanley, and the rest of Team South will play Monday, February 27 at 6:00 PM CST and Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 PM CST.