Jackalopes Acquire Stanko from Brookings

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are happy to announce they have acquired Brenden Stanko from the Brookings Blizzard for a 2018-19 tender and a conditional pick in the 2018 NAHL draft.

The 18-year-old has three more years of junior hockey eligibility, being born in 1999. He began by playing one season each for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies minor and major teams before joining Belle Tire U16 for two seasons where he was over a point per game in each of those four seasons. Last year, he joined the Brooking Blizzard while also having a brief stint with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL.

“I was very surprised when I got the call from Coach Greg Gatto,” says Stanko. “As he explained the situation, it made me excited to head south to Odessa. It’s a great feeling to be wanted by an outstanding organization.”

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed shot hails from Howell, MI. Last season in Brookings, Stanko racked up 35 points (11-24-35) in 49 games and also played a big part in their postseason run with 4 points in 5 games.

“I finally get to play somewhere that’s warm all year round,” jokes Stanko.

A hard-working player is a centerman by trade, but can also play on the left-wing as well. Being a young player will be very helpful for the Jackalopes future as they have eight returning 20-year-olds from last year’s team, as well as four more that were acquired through trades, tenders, and the draft.

“It’s great that we’re able to get young players without losing any talent,” begins head coach, Greg Gatto. “Brenden is a player that can jump into our top 6 and make an impact early and often.”

The Jackalopes will hold their main camp July 27-30 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, IL to finalize the roster for the upcoming season.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes season tickets are on sale now with the home season beginning October 6th! 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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Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM ± GP G A PTS PIM ±
2012-13 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies Bantam Minor T1EMBHL 25 13 15 28 18 0
2013-14 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 28 23 16 39 30 0
2014-15 Belle Tire U16 T1EHL U16 28 13 17 30 28 0 4 1 0 1 4 0
2015-16 Belle Tire U16 T1EHL U16 29 24 17 41 6 0 4 2 3 5 4 0
2016-17 Brookings Blizzard NAHL 49 11 24 35 53 -3 5 2 2 4 0 2
Des Moines  Buccaneers USHL 4 0 0 0 2 1