Odessa, TX– After a slow start to the season, forward Eric Huss picked up his production in the second half of the season to earn himself a spot on the NAHL South All-Rookie Team.
“It was definitely a surprise as well as an honor to be named to this team. There is a ton of talent in the South Division,” says Huss. “The coaching staff really helped me develop as a player, and I owe a lot to them. Coming in as a first year guy, I didn’t know what to expect, but the veterans took the time to show me the ropes and what it takes to be successful in junior hockey. I am very grateful for that.”
The native of Dallas, TX scored the first goal of the season for the Jackalopes, but cooled off until the second half, when his production increased immensely. Through the first 30 games of the season, Huss scored three times and assisted on three more. Since coming back from the Christmas break in December, he racked up 16 of his 22 totals points in the final 30 games, becoming an everyday player for Odessa.
Huss’s work ethic was what helped propel him into the south all-rookie honors. As good of a player on the ice as he is, it all started off the ice when he got into shape to become a next-level hockey player. Huss is now one of the player’s that will go to the dirty areas of the ice and grind his way in front of the net until he his rewarded for his efforts.
“Eric was a great surprise for us,” says head coach Greg Gatto. “He started from the bottom as a fourth-line worker, and made his way to a first-line worker. He found his spot playing top-six minutes with [Blake] Bride and [Matt] Brown, and it obviously worked for him.”
Huss’s honor marks the sixth time a Jackalopes’ player has been named to the South All-Rookie Team, joining players like Connor Hellebuyck (goalie, 2011-12), Christian (defenseman, 2014-15) and Kenny Hausinger (forward, 2014-15), Cooper Zech (defenseman, 2015-16), and Nick Wilson (defenseman, 2016-17).
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