ALLEN, BEZICK LAND LEAGUE AWARDS

AMARILLO, Texas – The North American Hockey League announced its South Division awards slate on Wednesday, with a lucky few set to make it through to the league’s final awards list. Two Amarillo Bulls standouts made the cut, with the league’s announcement of its final awards list on Thursday. Forward Matt Allen was chosen to the All-NAHL Second Team list, while Oliver Bezick earned the league’s Apex Learning Virtual School Academic Achievement Award.

Allen picked up a spot on the all-South Division list just 24 hours before, after posting 25 goals and 32 assists this season, better than a point-per-game pace. The UMass-Lowell commit and Minco, Oklahoma native also piled up five game-winning goals and posted a league-high five goals at February’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Bezick was the academic standout across the league this year, posting an incredible 4.293 grade-point average with all A’s in a schedule that included three Advanced Placement and two Honors classes, and notched a 27 and 1300 on his ACT and SAT exams. The Delray Beach, Florida native landed himself a college home before even playing a game this past season, committing to Michigan Tech in early September. The Amarillo blueliner notched 11 points in his debut season of junior hockey out of the famed Honeybaked program in suburban Detroit.

The Bulls had two players on the all-league lists a year ago, with record-breaking Most Valuable Player Logan Jenuwine and NAHL Defenseman of the Year Brendan Datema both picking up First Team slots.

Amarillo was in the South Division title hunt from start to finish this season, wrapping up a season abbreviated by the COVID-19 Coronavirus with a 39-10-2-3 record and 83 points, just three points behind the division champion Lone Star Brahmas.

Season tickets for the Bulls’ 11th season in the Panhandle are now on sale by calling the team’s front office at 806-242-1122. Updated news and information on Amarillo Bulls hockey are always available at www.amarillobulls.com, and by following the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

– Austin Draude