Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes would like to congratulate Evan Orr on playing in his 100th NAHL game this upcoming Friday. The Jackalopes are a member of the North American Hockey League and play out of the Ector County Coliseum located in Odessa, TX.
Milestone -noun- an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. It is one thing to play a single game in any league. However, it is another feat to play 100 games in said league. This Friday, Evan Orr will wake up and prepare for battle like he has done since entering the North American Hockey League in 2018. This time though, when he laces up his skates it will be for his 100th career game. A milestone many players never get to see. Orr had this to say regarding taking the ice for the 100th time, “I’m not going to try to think about it too much, but it will definitely be on my mind. It’s exciting, and it feels like forever, but it also doesn’t. It goes by fast, but the biggest thing is to take a second and enjoy the moment. You only get to play juniors once in your life.”
A lot happens in 100 games. There are many wins as well as losses. Fighting through injuries so you can keep playing the game you love in hopes of making it to the next level. Countless practices and lengthy workouts. Long bus rides to places you never thought existed. For Evan, the hard work and dedication seemed to finally pay off as he was able to commit to play NCAA DI hockey for Michigan Tech. Being from Shelby Township, MI it was a no-brainer for Orr to play college hockey only eight hours from home. “Pretty much when I was younger the goal was to play DI. Once I started talking to schools a big priority of mine was to try and get something in Michigan if I could so I could be in my home state,” said Evan. Orr went on to add, “it is not the closest to home, but I am used to these long trips driving down South. It is nice being in your home state and I have had a lot of family that have went there and plan to come to my games.”
September 14, 2018 may not have any significance to most people but to Evan Orr it will always be his NAHL debut. Orr was drafted #37 overall by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights out of the East Division. The now 20-year-old played 48 games (5g, 11a) for the Knights throughout the 2018-19 campaign. On November 9, 2018, just nine games into his NAHL career, Orr notched his first goal. He still remembers it like it was yesterday. “It was against New Jersey, and we were on the power play, I took probably one of the hardest one-timers of my life and luckily it went in. I remember being super excited and I couldn’t wait to get the puck after the game.”
Fast forward two years to 2020-21 and Orr would once again be drafted into the NAHL after playing the previous year for the Prince George SpruceKings (BCHL). This time the Odessa Jackalopes took him #2 overall. He would also be given a leadership role for the first time in his career as he was selected to be a captain. Orr had this to say about what it meant to wear the “C”, “it was a cool feeling, and it is nice to be picked out for stuff like that and get the recognition. The main thing though is to lead by example because there are always eyes on you. Whether that is in the community or in the locker room.”
On Friday, Evan Orr will become the 1,844th NAHL player to play 100 games. The game will start and end the same way it has for Orr over the last 99 games. With a winner and a loser. Although for Orr, winning the 100th game will be something to remember for a lifetime.