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Alumni Report: Where are they now?

Odessa, Texas (DEC 14, 2015) – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey, have been a key piece to the advancement of over 51 players who have gone on to play NCAA hockey, including nine players who gone on to play at Division 1 programs. In November, Connor Hellebuyck became the first ex-Jack to appear in the NHL, with the Winnipeg Jets, Hellebuyck is 4-1-0 in five starts in the NHL. Each Month, Jackalopes.org will bring Jacks fans up to date with all former Jackalope’ players on their current hockey endeavors.  Odessa joined the NAHL in 2011 and currently has 45 alumni competing in the NCAA and seven of those at the NCAA Division 1 level.

NHL

Former Jackalopes goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made his National Hockey League debut with the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 27, 2015, earning a 3-1 win. Since, Hellebuyck has started four more games and has accumulated a 4-1 record with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage. Hellebuyck appeared in 53 games for Odessa in 2011-12, leading the Jacks to its lone post-season appearance, while going 26-21-8 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. After Odessa, Hellebuyck went on to play two seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (NCAA, D1) and was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.  At Umass-Lowell, Hellebuyck led the River Hawks to a Hockey East Conference title, and their first Frozen Four appearance in school history during his freshman season, and was named Regional MVP for his postseason excellence, while ending his season with a 20-3-0 record, .952 save percentage, and 1.37 goals-against average. As a sophomore, Hellebuyck led the River Hawks to another conference title, going 18-9-2 with a 1.79 goals-against average, and .941 save percentage. Before the promotion to the NHL, the Commerce, MI native was 2-7-1 in 10 games with the Manitoba Moose (AHL, Jets) with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

Player                                          Team                                               Yr.                Record           GAA   SV%

Connor Hellebuck                     Winnipeg Jets (NHL)                     Rk.                4-1-0             1.79   .938

NCAA

The Odessa Jackalopes imprint can be felt throughout NCAA hockey, with a combined 45 Jacks alumni currently playing in both Division I and Division III programs.

Player                              Program                                           Yr.                2015         GP       G          A        PTS

Ryan Doucet                  Air Force (NCAA, D1)                       Jr.                                  0           0           0        0

Tyler Poulsen                Alabama-Huntsville (NCAA, D1)    Fr.                                   13        1            1         2

Jacob Theut                   Northeastern (NCAA, D1)                So.                GP: 0-0-0             GAA: 0.00 SV%: .000

Andrew Pikul                 Robert Morris (NCAA, D1)               So.                GP: 1-1-1             GAA: 0.00 SV%: .000

Nick Deery                      Minn-Duluth (NCAA, D1)                 Fr.                 GP: 0-0-0             GAA: 0.00 SV%: .000

Jesse Junttila                  Northern Michigan (NCAA, D1)      Fr.                                 0          0           0        0              

Tanner Creel                   UCONN (NCAA, D1)                           Fr.                 GP: 1-0-0             GAA: 0.00 SV%: .000

Ian Mansfield                  Army (NCAA, D1)                                Fr.                                12        0           0        0

Willie Faust                     Army (D1)/St. Thomas (D3)              Sr.                               13        3           3           6

Marcus Ortiz                   SUNY-Fredonia (NCAA, D3)              Jr.                                 12        7           6        13

Chad Hennum                Hamline Univ. (NCAA, D3)                Fr.                                 11        1           3        4

Tyller Robert                  Gustavus Adolphus (NCAA, D3)       Fr.                                 2          0           0        0

Tyler Cayemburg           Wisconsin-Stout (NCAA, D3)             Jr.                                 12        5           4        9

Darren Lapic                   Gutavus Adolphus (NCAA, D3)         Sr.                                11         0           1        1

Lawrence Cornellier       WIS-Stevens Point (NCAA, D3)        Jr.                                 12        9           3        12

Taylor Portner                  St. Mary’s (NCAA, D3)                       Jr.                                 11        3           5        8

Mikko Virtanen                Neumann Univ. (NCAA, D3)             Sr.                                7          0            1      1

Jared Docken                    Gustavus Adolphus (NCAA, D3)       Jr.                                11        1           0        1

Mason Wyman                 Gustavus Adolphus (NCAA, D3)       So.                              1           0           0        0

Blake Wojtala                   Salve Regjna (NCAA, D3)                   Fr.                 GP: 6-5-1             GAA: 2.63 SV%: .912

Patrick Thompson            Salve Regina (NCAA, D3)                   So.                              11        6           2        8

Zane Popilock                   Salve Regina (NCAA, D3)                    So.                              0           0           0        0

Matthew Montemurro   Lawrence Univ. (NCAA, D3)               So.                              10        0           0        0

Austin Ho                           Amherst College (NCAA, D3)              Jr.                                8         0           0        0

Phil Heinle                         St. Mary’s (NCAA, D3)                          Jr.                 GP: 4-4-2             GAA: 5.06 SV%: .897

Cody Guidorzi                   Lake Forest College (NCAA, D3)         Fr.                               4           2           0        6

Chad Guderian                  Johnson & Wales (NCAA, D3)             Fr.                               8           0           2        2

Drew Gannon                    Umass-Boston (NCAA, D3)                  Fr.                               11          2           4        6

Erick Majerle                      Hamline Univ. (NCAA, D3)                  Fr.                 GP: 0-0-0             GAA: 0.00 SV%: .000

Matt Volonnino                 Plymouth State (NCAA, D3)               Fr.                               11        5           6        11

Matt Audet                         W. New England (NCAA, D3)             So.                               11        0           0        0

Mike Mezzano                    St. Mary’s Univ. (NCAA, D3)               Jr.                              12        1           6        7

Chris Taff                              SUNY-Plattsburg (NCAA, D3)             So.                             6           1           4        5

Trace Jablin                         Endicott College (NCAA, D3)              Fr.                              7           0           2        2

Brett Wagner                      Milwaukee School of ENG (D3)        So.                                     9           1           2        3

Jude Warner                       St. Mary’s (NCAA, D3)                        So.                                       6           1           0        1

Joshua Racek                     Northland College (NCAA, D3)           Fr.                                       11        3           2        5

Dylan Rosen                       SUNY-Canton (NCAA, D3)                   Fr.                                       11        2           1        3

Stephen Inman                  St. Michael’s (NCAA, D3)                     Jr.                                       13        0           1        1

Cody Slocum                       Worcester State (NCAA, D3)              Fr.                                      12        1           1        2

John Feemster                   St. Olaf College (NCAA, D3)                 Jr.                                       8           0           0        0

Jake Kreutzer                      Lawrence Univ. (NCAA, D3)                So.                                     6           1           0        1

Connor Thie                        St. John’s Univ. (NCAA, D3)                 Fr.                                      2           0           1        1

Robb Stautz                         St. John’s Univ. (NCAA, D3)                Fr.                                       9           0           1        1

Tate Skyes                            Wisconsin-EAU Claire (D3)                 So.                                      1           0           0        0

Lane Valimont                     St. Norbert (NCAA, D3)                       Fr.                                       2           0           0        0

OHL

Former Jalen Smereck is the only Jack in team history to compete in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League). Smereck appeared in two games with the Jacks in 2014, recording one point (0 goals, one assist).

Player                                                 Team                                                            Jr. Yr.          2015         GP       G          A        PTS

Jalen Smereck                              Oshawa Generals                                          3rd                               29        1           8        9              

USHL

The Odessa Jackalopes have proven to be a great platform and stepping stone for players to advance to the United States Hockey League. Currently, there are four former Jackalopes in the USHL including brothers Kenny (Des Moines Buccaneers) and Christian Hausinger (Muskegon Lumberjacks). In November, both Christian and Kenny decommitted from Sacred Heart University (NCAA, D1) and have reopened their recruiting process. Christian was also traded from the Lincoln Stars (USHL) to the Muskegon LumberJacks (USHL).

Player                                        Team                                             Jr. Yr.      2015           GP       G          A        PTS

Christian Hausinger               Muskegon LumberJacks              2nd                            23        0           2        2

Kenny Hausinger                   Des Moines Buccaneers                2nd                            24        7           10     17

Forbes Ploszaj                         Waterloo Blackhawks                   3rd                             0           0           0        0              

Austin Alger                            Omaha Lancers                               2nd                            20         5           2         7

NAHL

Several players have made stops in Odessa and continued their junior careers on different teams in the North American Hockey League. Currently, 10 former Jackalopes are still competing in NAHL.

Player                                                 Team                                         Jr. Yr.          2015         GP       G          A        PTS

Alex Armstrong                            Janesville Jets                              2nd                                  1           0           0        0              

Edward Hirka                                Janesville Jets                              2nd                                  5           0           0        0

Jake Hamilton                               New Jersey Titans                       2nd                                  20        1           5        6

Max Rasberg                                 Brookings Blizzard                       Released

Colton Schmidt                            Brookings Blizzard                         2nd                                  4           0           0        0

Alex Alger                                     Johnstown Tomahawks                3rd                                  30        5           15     20

Andrew Durham                         New Jersey Titans                           2nd                                 24        5           10     15

Matt Bernanek                            Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights  3rd                                   22        2           4        6

BCHL

The only former Jack competing in the BCHL (British Colombia Hockey League) currently is Cornell  (NCAA, D1) committed forward Corey Hoffman. Last year in Odessa, Hoffman appeared in 34 games for the Jacks, tallying 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists).

Player                                  Team                                                            Jr. Yr.         GP       G          A        PTS

Corey Hoffman                  Prince George Spruce Kings                    3rd              34        9           15     24