Minx, Doucet traded to Jamestown Ironmen



Dec. 29, 2012



Blockbuster trade nets Jacks two tenders, 2nd round pick.


AMARILLO, TX – In a shocking move that came just past the midway point of the 2012-13 regular season, the Odessa Jackalopes traded their captain, defenseman Tyler Minx, and second leading scorer Ryan Doucet to the NAHL North Division’s Jamestown Ironmen Saturday in exchange for two 2013-14 tenders and a second round draft pick.

“We want to give our younger guys more of an opportunity to play,” said Jackalopes Assistant Coach and President of Hockey Operations Matt Cressman Saturday. “Without Minxy and [Doucet], we lose a little bit of leadership, but that’s just another opportunity for our younger players to grab and start pulling us in the right direction.”

An Oklahoma City native, Minx had played his entire NAHL career with Odessa, notching seven goals and 28 total points over 75 games played for the Jacks in 2011-12 and 2012-13 with a combined -15 rating and 258 total penalty minutes including 104 PIM’s this season, the league’s third-highest mark among individual skaters. Known for his gritty play and willingness to join the rush from the back end, Minx was named Jackalopes captain in October 2012.

Doucet, a San Jose, California native, was acquired via trade by Odessa late in the 2011-12 season from the Topeka RoadRunners and was instrumental in the Jacks’ late-season playoff run, potting nine goals and 12 points in the final 17 games of the regular season, helping Odessa earn a berth in the South Division semi-finals in their first season as an NAHL team. A 2013-14 Air Force Academy commit, Doucet appeared in Odessa’s first 30 games this season before being held out of the lineup in Friday’s 5-1 loss in Amarillo. Doucet departs the Jacks roster as the team’s second leading scorer in 2012-13, notching six goals and a team-leading 14 assists this season.

Odessa continues its eight-game “rodeo road trip” Saturday in Amarillo with a 7:00 pm puck drop at Cal Farley Coliseum.

In 2012-13, the Odessa Jackalopes drop the puck on their second season as a member of the North American Hockey League. Season ticket packages for the Jacks’ sophomore campaign are available now starting at just $179. 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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