Being a Billet Family

re some of the most important people in a junior hockey organization? Is it the coaches? The front office staff? The fans? While the former are certainly all correct, what’s missing from the list is the billet families. The pseudo families who are responsible for the care and supervision of young hockey players while away […]

Jackalopes conclude successful Main Camp

CHICAGO – The Odessa Jackalopes concluded their main camp in Chicago yesterday after five days of evaluation and competition. The camp saw around 400 players and goalies take part including this summer’s draft picks, tenders and returning players from last year’s Jackalopes squad. “Camp went really well,” said Jackalopes assistant coach Adam Phillips. “We had […]

North American Hockey League Announces Start Date

The North American Hockey League announced on Monday that the league would start their regular season on Friday, October 9 of this year. The league plans to play a full season and plans to release team schedules around the 1st of September according to the league press release. The NAHL has stated that they will […]

Jackalopes add Nate Skidmore to coaching staff

ODESSA, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes are proud to announce that they have added Nate Skidmore to the Jackalopes staff as an assistant and goaltender coach. Skidmore played four years at the Jr. A level before moving on to play at the State University of New York at Potsdam College for four years with the […]

Jacks take nine in 2020 NAHL Entry Draft

ODESSA, TX — On Tuesday, July 21 the North American Hockey League held it’s 2020 Entry Draft. The Odessa Jackalopes had the 2nd overall pick and took nine players, including five college commits, to help bolster the ranks heading into the Jackalopes main camp and fall training camp. The Odessa Jackalopes are proud to introduce […]

Jackalopes Tender Forward Boston Bird

ODESSA, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes are excited to announce they have tendered forward Boston Bird for the 2020-21 season. Bird, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, stands at 5’11’’, weighs 185 lbs and is a right-handed shot. Bird is coming off his first season with the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Bird […]

A New Normal: COVID-19 and Sports Episode 9

In episode 9 of A New Normal Jackalopes broadcaster Jason Ruff sat down with Craig Stoker of the West Texas Food Bank, one of the largest non-profit hunger relief organizations in the Permian Basin. Jason and Craig discuss how the symptoms of the COVID-19 epidemic have impacted the food bank, how he and his volunteers […]

A New Normal: COVID-19 and Sports Episode 8

In episode 8 of A New Normal, Jason Ruff sat down with Jackalopes goaltender Andrew Takacs. Andrew talks about his off-season training, what he is most looking forward to next season and what Andrew believes is the best part of being an Odessa Jackalope. Andrew’s answer might surprise you!

Jacks host Pre Draft Camp

ODESSA, TX – Last weekend the Jackalopes hosted their annual Pre-Draft Camp in Somerset, WI. The camp took place over the course of four days and featured over 80 participants, all of whom were seeking to make a name for themselves and earn an invitation to the Jackalopes Main Camp in Chicago beginning on July […]

A New Normal: COVID-19 and Sports Episode 7

In the latest edition of his “A New Normal” series, Jackalopes broadcaster Jason Ruff looks at what life will be like in the new normal post pandemic and why there are reasons to be optimistic as we all adjust to life following COVID-19.Jason sat down with Donnie Margettie, Former Jackalope and Director of the Junior […]