Odessa, Texas (NOV 22, 2015) – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League, are pleased to announce that former Jackalope’ goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been recalled to the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.
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 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, 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. This offseason, Helleybuyck was named the number-one goaltending prospect in the NHL by InGoal Magazine.
In 2015-16, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their fifth season in the North American Hockey League and 19th in the Permian Basin. Season tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or log on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.
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