AMARILLO, TX — Amarillo Bulls Defenseman Brenden Datema has been selected as North American Hockey League Defenseman Of The Month.
Michigan Tech recruit Datema, 20, had a big month of March leading all NAHL defensemen with 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) to go along with a +9 rating. The 6’5/220 lbs. native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, helped the Bulls clinch the South Division regular season title at the beginning of the month and had five multi-point games during the month of March. For the season,
Datema, who played in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the NAHL Selects Blue team, leads all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 59 points in 56 games played.
“Brenden continues to have a great season for our team. He is one of our best shut down defenders, while creating offense in both 5-on-5 and power play opportunities. His plus/minus and point production show how important he is to our team, but his ability to defend at an elite level is just as important. He will be an excellent player when he joins Michigan Tech in the fall,” said Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo.
“We have trusted the process all season long and that’s the reason behind our consistent success. We have all gotten better as players because we have guys on this team who have bought into doing the work it takes on and off the ice to succeed as a team. I think we have a team that is capable of winning the Robertson Cup and that is our main goal,” said Datema. “The past couple months have really clicked for me. I really enjoyed the experience at Top Prospects and feel like I am better because of it. I want to keep getting better each level I go to and eventually would like to play professional hockey after the NCAA.”
The Amarillo Bulls close out the regular season before playoffs this weekend when they take on the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum. Tune into the action live on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com/listen and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Fit Omni Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm on Friday and Saturday. Denis J. Puska has the hard hitting action at 7:11 pm.
The Robertson Cup Playoffs return to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 when the Amarillo Bulls host the first two games of the South Division Semi-Final Series against either the Corpus Christi IceRays or the Topeka Pilots. Tickets will be available starting on Monday, April 8th. For further information visit the Bulls Office at 301 South Polk or call 242-1122.