Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are happy to announce they have acquired Evan Somoza from the Johnstown Tomahawks for a 2018-19 tender.
The 19-year-old began playing for the California Titans on both their 16U and 18U teams before joining the NAHL. He played for the 2015-16 Robertson Cup Champion, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, before moving on to the Northeast Generals for their inaugural season, and then being traded halfway through last season to the Tomahawks for their playoff push.
“I have enjoyed every team I have played for in the NAHL, they have all challenged me differently and shaped the player and person I am today,” Somoza says. I am very excited to play under head coach [Greg] Gatto. I am confident I will learn a lot from him and my goal is to exceed expectations which has been well communicated.”
The 6-foot-0, 170-pound forward from Simi Valley, CA has averaged just below a point every other game (22-28-50) throughout 104 games in the NAHL.
“Evan is a 20-year-old with both size and speed,” said Gatto. “He’s a player that can play some top 6 minutes as a forward for us next year.”
Offense and speed has always been something Somoza has prided himself on, but this offseason, Evan has been working more on what he can bring defensively. Somoza will need to use his big body to his advantage in a much more physical south division.
“I like when opponents are physical as they tend to over-pursue me and it allows me to find the inside with my speed,” states Somoza. “I am working on my defensive game a lot in the off-season putting some pounds on to be more physical off the puck. I already have good size and speed so with a few more pounds I will be able to win more battles.”
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The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes 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.