AMARILLO, Texas – Amarillo hockey fans can usually count on seeing a high-octane offense and brick-wall goaltending each night when they come out to the Budweiser Bull Pen. After all, Amarillo wouldn’t be a South Division contender year after year without it.
This year’s group has received its recognition from the North American Hockey League after making another run at the North American Hockey League South Division title chase. The NAHL has released its South Division awards list, with Matt Allen earning a forward spot on the South All-Division team. Charlie Glockner was selected as the South’s Rookie of the Year, while Oliver Bezick picked up the division’s Academic Achievement Award and Nick Trela was selected for the division’s Community Service Award.
Allen piled up the points in his second year with the Bulls, 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.
While Allen spent the season frustrating opposing goaltenders, Glockner spent the season frustrating opposing shooters. The Minnesota native racked up 18 wins, including nine shutouts in his first season out of Minnetonka High School, and his 1.73 goals-against average and .929 save percentage were also top-five marks across the league.
Bezick 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. While working on his junior hockey career, the Delray Beach, Florida native also pulled a 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.
Trela is one of the most well-known names on the Bulls’ 2019-20 roster, notching 36 points in his second season in an Amarillo uniform and landing an NCAA Division I commitment with St. Lawrence University in February. He also joined head coach Rocky Russo in representing the team at the Sirius Junior Club World Cup last summer in Russia. The Trenton, Michigan native singlehandedly racked up 80 hours of community service during the seaso, giving back to causes ranging from Habitat for Humanity and Snack Pack 4 Kids to the Family Care Foundation and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. He was also integral to the Bulls’ own off-ice initiatives, including the Little Bulls’ Learn to Play program, and the Bulls’ Hockey and Health program through local elementary and middle schools.
It is the second year in a row that Amarillo has placed a forward on the All-South Division list, after Logan Jenuwine’s record-breaking offensive output in 2018-19. Matt Nehls’s Community Service Award in 2016-17 was the most recent for Amarillo, and was the fifth for the franchise in a six-year span.
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