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Throwback Thursday: Guerra Clinches Franchise Titles

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — In the weeks leading up to the 2020-21 season, we’d like to highlight some of the Lone Star Brahmas’ best moments from the 2019-20 year. This week, we’re showcasing the talent of LSB alumni, Matthew Guerra.

Veteran Matthew Guerra concluded a two-year stint on the Lone Star Brahmas by securing two NAHL-era career-high records. The forward obtained the career record in assists with 86 apples in a matchup against the Corpus Christi IceRays on Dec. 6, as well as slid to the top of the ranks in career points with 116 (30g-86a) during the Oct. 5 game with the New Mexico Ice Wolves. Also, Guerra is tied with LSB alumnus Sebastian Vidmar (2013-15) for most assists in a single season, each obtaining 45, which was the top amount of the entire NAHL during the 2019-20 year. Guerra is committed to Robert Morris University (Atlantic Hockey, D1).

Take a look back at one of Guerra’s best plays all season, a no-look feed to forward Will Stromp on Feb. 22 against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays below.

The Lone Star Brahmas main camp kicks off on July 30, 2020.


Sydney Johnson is a media and content intern with the Lone Star Brahmas.

NAHL Entry Draft 2020

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — The Lone Star Brahmas are pleased to announce “the addition of eight new players to the organization per trade agreements and the 2020 NAHL Draft,” said Head Coach Dan Wildfong on Tuesday. Skaters Alex Murray, Luke Beerman, Owen Nolan, Dawson McKay, David Andreychuk, Rowan Miller, Daunte Fortner and Tyler Blanchard will call North Richland Hills home for the 2020-21 season. Continue reading to learn more about each player.


Alex Murray, defenseman

The Glenview, IL native was acquired in a trade with the St. Cloud Norsemen late Monday night. In exchange for the skater, the Lone Star Brahmas traded a fourth-round draft pick in Tuesday’s 2020 NAHL Draft to St. Cloud. Murray played 50 games for St. Cloud in the 2019-20 season, amassing 11 points (2g-11a), as well as spent time during the 2018-29 season within the NAHL on the Amarillo Bulls, Janesville Jets, and Brookings Blizzard. The defenseman is committed to Miami University (Ohio).

Player’s thoughts: “I’m very excited to be a part of one of the best programs in the NAHL for my final year of junior hockey. I’m looking forward to playing great hockey in front of the Brahmas fans and winning hockey games. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and the coaching staff. I’m looking forward to getting started!”


Luke Beerman, forward

Luke Beerman joins the Brahmas from the Swan Valley Stampeders in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), where he totaled 57 points (18g-39a) in 60 games played. The Marquette, Mich. native also suited up for nationally-ranked Shattuck St. Mary’s 18U AAA and Prep teams in 2017 and 2018. Beerman plays forward, shoots left and stands at 6’1”.

Player’s thoughts: “It’s an honor to be drafted by such a top-notch organization. I can’t wait to get down there and build off last year’s success!”

 

Owen Nolan, defenseman

Owen Nolan hails from Mahopac, N.Y. and comes to the Lone Star Brahmas from the Surrey Eagles in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). The defenseman played in 54 games in his first year as an Eagle, recording four goals and 17 assists. Like some past and current Brahmas skaters, Nolan is committed to play for Army (U.S. Military Academy) in the 2021-22 season.


Dawson McKay, forward

This 6’3 forward most recently tallied 12 points (9g-3a) in nine games for the Powell River Kings (BCHL). Born in Houghton, Mich., McKay has spent time in the NAHL previously with the Bismarck Bobcats, playing in ten games for the North Dakota team during the 2018-19 season.


David Andreychuk, left wing/centerman

A Gunnery School alumni, David Andreychuk amassed 16 goals and 37 assists in 35 games played for the USHS-Prep team. The centerman/left wing is originally from Chatham, N.J. and stands at 6’1”. Andreychuk is committed to St. Lawrence University for the 2021-22 season.

Player’s thoughts: “I was super excited to get drafted to an organization that can help me develop as a hockey player.”


Rowan Miller, forward

The 5’11” forward most recently played for the Powell River Kings (BCHL) totaling 15 points (8g-7a) during the 2019-20 season. Miller is a Scottsdale, Ariz. native.


Daunte Fortner, forward

Fortner returns to the Brahmas after playing two games with the organization at the beginning of the 2019-20 season. The 6’0” forward also spent time in the NAHL with the Jamestown Rebels and Odessa Jackalopes before heading to the MJHL to play with the Swan Valley Stampeders, where he played 35 games and totaled 25 points (7g-18a). Fortner is from Kingsford, Mich.

Player’s thoughts: “I’m honored that Lonestar drafted me. Excited to play for their organization!”


Tyler Blanchard, forward

No stranger to NYTEX Sports Centre, Blanchard has spent the past two seasons playing for the Texas Jr. Brahmas in the NA3HL. In the 2019-20 season, the 5’11” forward played 41 games and tallied 61 points (25g-36a). Blanchard is a San Jose, Calif. native.

Player’s thoughts: “It means a lot to have the opportunity to skate for such a great organization. I’m looking forward to being a part of their winning culture and becoming a better player under Coach Wildfong. Huge thanks to my past teammates and coaches for helping me get to where I am today!”


The Lone Star Brahmas main camp kicks off on July 30, 2020.


Sydney Johnson is a media and content intern with the Lone Star Brahmas.

Andrew Cohen is the new Equipment Manager in Brahma Land

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX —

The Brahmas are proud to announce the hiring of Andrew Cohen as our new equipment manager. Cohen comes to the Brahmas after a lengthy stay with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Prior to working for the Rivermen, Cohen served as the head equipment manager for the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League. In the 2012-2013 season he served as an equipment assistant with the Dallas Stars in addition to his duties with the Tornado.

Cohen will not only work as the equipment manager for the Brahmas, but he will also spend some time with the Brahmas sales team as an account executive.

Brahmas VP Chad Siewert had this to say about the hiring, “We are really fortunate to have Andrew come on board. He brings a veteran presence to the equipment room, and a wealth of experience to the organization.”

When asked about the signing, Head Coach Dan Wildfong has this to say, “Andrew has a great work ethic, and even better attitude. The boys are going to love the energy he brings to the room.”

Cohen is relocating to Texas this month with his wife Christy, and daughter McKinley.

Hasselgren Brothers tendered by Brahmas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — The Lone Star Brahmas tendered brothers Malte and Philip Hasselgren from Swedish hockey team Falu IF, the team announced Sunday. The pair hail from Gävle, Sweden and have played extensively within the Falu IF organization.

Malte Hasselgren, a seventeen-year-old center, leads the team in points with 25 (10 goals, 15 assists) in 20 games played. The older of the two skaters, Philip, is a 6’1 defenseman who tallied 18 assists in 24 games. The brothers hold first and second place in the team rankings for assists.

“We’re really excited to have them join the squad for the upcoming season,” said Lone Star Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong. “Both players have proven they can be dynamic players and be an asset to the team with their scoring ability.”

The Brahmas main camp kicks off on July 30.

Sydney Johnson is a media and content intern with the Lone Star Brahmas. ###

BY THE NUMBERS: A 2019-2020 SEASON RETROSPECT

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — The Lone Star Brahmas had an electric 2019-20 season.

The team powered through opponents while maintaining their position at the top of the NAHL.

Take a look back at some of the highlights of last season by the numbers.

1 – The Lone Star Brahmas sat first in the NAHL league standings at the end of the 2019-20 season, holding a record of 42-9-1-1.

2 – Two Brahmas goalies had the top-two places in the league in GAA; Cayden Bailey (1.32) and Ludvig Persson (1.56). Both netminders were in their rookie seasons.

3 – The number of hat tricks scored by forward Joey Baez (Nov. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 4)

FORWARD JOEY BAEZ – PHOTO CREDIT: JEFF WYSOCKI

6 – Six skaters recorded over 30 points during the 2019-20 season: Matt Guerra (18g-45a), Joey Baez (32g-26a), Thomas Daskas (19g-29a), Eric Huss (6g-37a), Michal Stinil (20g-21a) and Sam Brennan (10g-20a).

11 – Goalie Cayden Bailey tied the franchise record for single-season shutouts with 11. The record was set by Mitchell Gibson in the 2017-18 season.

GOALIE CAYDEN BAILEY – PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID DUDICH

11 – Eleven 2019-20 Lone Star Brahmas players (Joey Baez, Cole Bielke, Sam Brennan, Luke Burke, Drew DeCarlo, Mitchell Digby, Stefan Miklakos, Patriks Ozols, Malcolm Palmer, Dylan Smith and Joey Trazzera) are eligible to return for the 2020-21 season.

13 – The 2019-20 season marked Head Coach Dan Wildfong’s thirteenth season at the helm of the Brahmas.

14 – The team went on a 14 game win streak between Dec. 14 and Feb. 9.

15 – Fifteen Brahmas on the roster committed to various NCAA collegiate hockey programs, including Joey Baez (Army), Cayden Bailey (Michigan Tech University), Sam Brennan (Air Force Academy), Thomas Daskas (Air Force Academy), Mitchell Digby (Air Force Academy), Matt Guerra (Robert Morris University), Eric Huss (Army), Josh Martin (University of Alaska-Anchorage), Stefan Miklakos (Army), Ludvig Persson (Miami University), Matt Rickard (American International College), Noah Roofe (University of Wisconsin – River Falls), Michal Stinil (American International College), Will Stromp (St. Norbert College) and CJ Walker (University of Wisconsin – Superior).

28 – The squad went 23-5 in 28 games played at home in front of the crowd at NYTEX Sports Centre.

32 – Forward Joey Baez led the league in goals scored with 32.

45 – Forward Matt Guerra tied the league lead in assists with 45 apples.

76 – The team had a win percentage of 76% (19-6) for games played on the road.

93.8 – The Brahmas led the league in penalty kill percentage with a value of 93.8%.

109 – Three players commanded the top places in league +/- in Eric Huss (+38), Joey Baez (+37) and Patriks Ozols (+34) for a combined total of +109.

190 – The team scored 190 goals in 53 games played, leading the league with a 0.811 scoring percentage.

257 – The Lone Star Brahmas closed out the season with an all-time franchise record of 257-113-22-10.

500+Wildfong notched his landmark 500th Brahmas win in November.

COACH DAN WILDFONG – PHOTO CREDIT: HATLEY STUDIOS

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Sydney Johnson is a media and content intern with the Lone Star Brahmas.