AMARILLO, TX – Two members of the Amarillo Bulls have been named to the North American Hockey League’s All-Rookie South Division Team. The announcement was made by the league late Monday afternoon and the teams were voted upon and selected by the 23 Head Coaches.
NAHL players that have not played in a junior league or team prior to the 2017-18 season (any junior league or team in any location, foreign or domestic), or entered the season having played less than 10 NAHL hockey regular season games, are considered rookies and eligible for All-Rookie recognition and honors by the NAHL.
Forward Jason Brancheau and defenseman Nick Anderson were selected to the team joining Cole Quisenberry and Jack Clement of the Shreveport Mudbugs, Eric Huss of the Odessa Jackalopes and Mitchell Gibson of the Lone Star Brahmas.
“We are extremely proud of both young men (Jason Brancheau and Nick Anderson) for being recognized for having great rookie seasons here in Amarillo,” Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo said. “Both Nick and Jason were very impactful for our team this season both on and off the ice. We look forward to them returning next season and taking their game to the next level.”
Brancheau, a native of River Rouge, Michigan, notched nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points. He had one power play goal and another game winner. During the last stretch run of the season, Brancheau tallied two goals and three assists for five points in five games versus the Topeka RoadRunners.
Anderson, who hails from Maple Plain, Minnesota (near Duluth), had a combined six goals and 22 assists for 28 points in 54 league games with the Bulls and the Minnesota Wilderness. Anderson was acquired from the Wilderness during the holiday season and picked up one goal and five assists for six points in 26 games.
The remainder of the NAHL 2017-18 season awards including the All-NAHL Divisional Teams and Awards, the All-NAHL Teams, Most Valuable Player, Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Vaughn Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, General Manager of the Year, Executive of the Year and Organization of the Year, along with the Apex Learning Academic Achievement Award, Leadership Award and Community Service Award, will all be announced later this week.
Hockey is back in the Texas Panhandle for a 23rd consecutive season this fall when the Amarillo Bulls hit the ice for their 9th year in the North American Hockey League. Full and half season tickets, as well as Corporate Partnerships are available now. For further information on price points, please visit the Bulls office at 301 South Polk Suite 101 in the Amarillo Building or call 806-242-1122.