AMARILLO, TX – A future member of the Amarillo Bulls was honored by the North American Prospects Hockey League East Showcase in Oxford, Ohio.
Forward Ryan Walker who plays for the New Jersey Jr. Titans and signed a tender with the Bulls was chosen as the Offensive Performer. The players were selected based upon their performance at the fifth NAPHL event of the season, which was the NAPHL East Showcase at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio from December 27-30.
For the second NAPHL event in a row, New Jersey Jr. Titans 16U forward Ryan Walker is the 16U Offensive Peak Performer. Only this time, Walker broke a few records in the process and also signed an NAHL tender following the event with the NAHL’s Amarillo Bulls.
The 16-year-old from Spotswood, New Jersey has led the Titans to a 13-2 NAPHL record to date and his numbers were even better in Oxford than those he put up in Blaine back in December. Walker (5’10/155) recorded an amazing 27 points as New Jersey posted a 4-1 record at the event.
It included 11 goals and 16 assists. Through the first three games in Oxford, Walker had 16 points, which put him at 50 for the season. In the process, he became the first player in the five-year history of the NAPHL to reach the 50-point mark in a single season. He added 11 more points in the final two games and enters the final regular season event of the season with a NAPHL-leading total of 61 points. His performance in Oxford included two, eight-point games and a seven-point game.
“We joined the NAPHL three years ago to get some national exposure and for our players to move on to the next level,” said New Jersey 16U head coach George Haviland. “For Ryan to be honored like this for a second straight event and then for him to get tendered by Amarillo is great because we feel the process is working for our players. It shows us that we’re doing something right. It gives our players something to reach for.”
The NAPHL is comprised of six regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament Series in which the top teams at each level compete for a league championship. The sixth NAPHL event of the 2013-14 season will take place from January 17-20 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan. It will feature all 32 NAPHL teams each playing in their final five NAPHL regular season games of the 2013-14 season.
The current Amarillo Bulls hit the ice this weekend, closing out a nine game home stand at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees take on the Bulls Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. Friday is Rampage Bobble head night sponsored by The People’s Federal Credit Union. The first 500 fans through the doors receive a Rampage Bobble head. Saturday’s game is sponsored by Marble Depot.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Seven Game Flex Packs or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.