AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls continue to build towards next season and have added more offence to the line-up with their latest tender signing. Forward Sean Mallonee (Pronounced Mal-Loney) of the NA3HL’s North Iowa Bulls will be part of the Bulls family.
Mallonee joins forwards Eric Cooley, Luke Edgerton, Brendan Walkom, as well as Justin and Brendan Michaelian as tenders for the 2015-16 season.
Mallonee, a native of Kennewick, Washington, was a standout player for the Silver Cup Champion North Iowa Bulls. At just 17-years-old, Mallonee was the youngest player on the Bulls recording 38 points in 27 regular season games. Four of his 15 goals in the regular season were game-winners.
“When I first had the opportunity to tender I thought it was pretty exciting because I have always had my eye out for Amarillo who are part of the Everett Silvertips (Western Hockey League) family,” he said.
Amarillo Bulls Head Coach Matt Nicholson said Mallonee has a great attitude to go along with a strong skill set.
“We knew of him from Main Camp last year as he made the all-star game,” said Nicholson. “Due to our close relationship with North Iowa and Todd Sanden, we got frequent updates on his development in his first full year of junior. All of the reports were positive in nature and thought Sean would be able to make the transition to the NAHL next season. Sean possesses a great work ethic and is very coachable. We are confident that he will come into Main Camp in Pittsburgh in great shape and ready to compete for a roster spot with the Bulls.”
The 5-10, 181 pound power forward was also a member of the NA3HL Top Prospects 18U Selects team, where he had two points in three games at the event. Mallonee said the experience from this year of winning a national title has helped him improve both on and off the ice.
“Since the all-star game last year, ‘I’ve gotten bigger and more mature,” he said. “I’ve got a little bit more experience since this was my first year of junior hockey. I’ve learned a lot that will definitely serve me well at the North American Hockey League level.”
Mallonee was also consistent during the playoffs where he scored two goals and added five assists in the seven games he appeared in. He tallied the game winner against La Crosse in the deciding game of the Central Division playoff championship.
North Iowa Bulls Head Coach Todd Sanden is thrilled with the Mallonee getting the opportunity in the NAHL.
“Sean was a player we knew would be successful here. We had seen him at Amarillo's main camp and our main camp tryout and felt he was definitely someone who could help our team. He didn't disappoint,” said Sanden. “He was sent initially to us as a conditioning and confidence builder from Everett, but it didn't take him long to make an impact with the Bulls where his work ethic and production kept him in a veteran-laden line up. We wish him much success with this opportunity and thank him for his dedication to our team.”
It’s not too early to start thinking about Season Tickets for the 2016-17 7th season of Amarillo Bulls Hockey. Fans can choose from full or half season tickets from a variety of price points and seat locations including Silver, Red, Glass and Pit. The Bulls offer numerous payment options that are easy on anyone’s budget. For further information please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.