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2018-19 Regular-Season Schedule Announced

Jacks Open on Road at Topeka on Sept. 13; Home Oct. 26

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have released their 2018-19 schedule in compliance with league rules. The 2018-19 season marks the 23rd year of hockey in the Permian Basin and the eighth year in which the Jacks have been part of the NAHL. Odessa opens the season on the road Sept. 13 at Landon Arena against the Topeka Pilots before heading to the NAHL Showcase on Sept. 19-22 in Blaine, Minn. After two bye-weeks, the Jacks wrap up the opening road trip at Lone Star on Oct. 19, before beginning the first home series of the season at Ector County Coliseum against the Shreveport Mudbugs on Oct. 26.

The NAHL marks its 43rd anniversary in 2018-19. The league is comprised of 24 teams representing four different divisions. The Central, East, Midwest and South. This marks the eighth year in which the regular season consist of a 60-game schedule. The Jacks will play 28 games at Ector County Coliseum this season, with 17 being played in 2018 and 11 after the new year.

The Jackalopes will face all five Southern Division teams (Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lone Star, Topeka and Shreveport) at least eight times this season, including 12 games against the defending Robertson Cup champion Shreveport Mudbugs.

November and December feature the best opportunities to catch the Jackalopes in action as the Jacks will play 15 home games in the last two months of the calendar year. After starting November with a bye, the Jacks will play a three-game set against Topeka before a quick road trip to Shreveport. Afterwards the Jackalopes will play a Wednesday game against Corpus Christi before a weekend series against Amarillo.

In December, Odessa will host the IceRays, Mudbugs and Brahmas for seven straight games at Ector County Coliseum. The Jackalopes will be home from December 13-29 in the longest home-stand of the season before a bye-week to start 2019.

January starts with a five-game road trip and finishes at home against Lone Star. In February, Odessa will start the month at home against Amarillo before starting an eight-game road-trip which will last from February 8 to March 2.

The remainder of March sees the Jackalopes play the Mudbugs four times, twice at home and twice in Shreveport, with a three-game home series against Topeka and a road series against Amarillo.

Odessa wraps up the regular season at home against the Amarillo Bulls on April 6.

With the release of the 2018-19 schedule, the Jackalopes attention steers towards filling out its roster. Main camp will be held in Chicago, Ill. from July 26-29.

Promotional schedule will follow in the coming weeks.

About the Jacks

In 2018-19, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their eighth season in the North American Hockey League and 23rd 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.

Jason Ruff new voice of Jackalopes

Odessa, TX (June 26, 2018) – The Odessa Jackalopes have officially hired Jason Ruff as the club’s new Broadcasting and Media Relations Director.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Jackalopes family and to represent the great hockey fans of Odessa and the Permian Basin,” said Ruff.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Ruff is a broadcast and sports journalism professional who has been part of the hockey and sports talk radio landscape since 2013.

The Chicago-area native is an award-winning play-by-play broadcaster and sports talk show host, covering Michigan State hockey for five seasons as a writer, producer and show host for Impact 88.9 FM in East Lansing. He also worked as a play-by-play broadcaster and commentator for the Big Ten Network Student U. Before coming to Odessa, Ruff was a broadcast intern for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League.

Ruff will officially join the club in August and can be heard for all 60 regular season games in 2018-19 on the Jackalopes flagship station Classic Rock 102 and also on hockeytv.com. Ruff becomes the seventh broadcaster in team history. The Jacks have had great success with previous broadcaster including Midland Rockhounds legend Bob Hards and current AHL trio of broadcasters Brien Rea (Texas Stars), Tony Brown (Cleveland Monsters) and Nick Nollenberger (San Jose Barracudas).

About the Jacks

In 2018-19, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their eighth season in the North American Hockey League and 23rd 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.

Be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter @LetsGoJacks all year long and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the official “Odessa Jackalopes” fan page on Facebook.

Jackalopes Add 13 in 2018 NAHL Draft

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have 13 slot to fill on their roster for the second straight season. On Tuesday, Odessa filled those slots by selecting 13 players during the 2018 NAHL Draft, highlighted by six forwards, five defensemen, and two goaltender.

Joey Foss – D (2ndRD, 39thoverall): The Odessa Jackalopes traded their first overall pick for James Crossman last season, leaving the second round as their first choice. After Nick McKeeby announced he is heading to school this season and Erik Nilsson was traded to the Minnesota Wilderness along with Dylan Johnson for a tender, the Jacks only have two returning defensemen for the team. Foss solidifies the left defensemen, joining Crossman and Connor Fedorek with three potential all-stars.

“Joey is a monster D-man that covers a lot of space and has offensive upside. He is a player that will garner a lot of D1 and NHL interest.”

Eric Linell – F (3rdRD, 64thOverall): The Jacks traded their 3rdround pick to the Brookings Blizzard, but acquired the Wilderness’ 3rdround pick only 1 spot later to draft. The Great Neck, NY native played in the BCHL last season for the Coquitlam Express where he posted 46 points in 58 games. Linell is a guy who can score for Odessa after showing off his skills with 28 goals and 18 assists last season, adding a goal and assist in 4 playoff games as well.

“Eric is a fast skilled forward that put up almost 30 goals in the BCHL last season. He will make an immediate impact on our top line.”

Christopher Lipe – D (4thRD, 87thOverall): The ’99 has two years of junior hockey experience already, with another two years of eligibility. Lipe is another Fox Motors product who has had success in the NAHL. Two seasons ago, the Rockford, Michigan native put up 22 points in 60 games for the Kenai River Brown Bears before picking up only 7 points in 55 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers last season. Lipe starts off the look for a complete new right side of the defense.

“Chris is a big, rangy D-man that has had success in this league previously. If we get him from the USHL, he is going to be a huge part of our defensive core.”

Kellen Tharaldson – D (4thRd, 94thOverall): The 1999 birth year is a very offensive-minded defenseman. Tharaldson is the second right-handed defenseman in a row the Jackalopes have drafted this season. Tharaldson has always been a pretty disciplined player and around a point every other game. Last season in with the Soo Eagles was no different as Tharaldson posted 12 goals and 19 assists (31 points) in 56 games, while also picking up four assists in 7 postseason games in the NOJHL playoffs.

“Kellen is a good 2-way defenseman that will add to our depth on the right side. He has a year of juniors under his belt, so he should come in and have a very minimal adjustment period.”

Dominic Dumas – F (6thRound, 135thPick): The native of Boise, Idaho comes to Odessa after playing his past two seasons in Canada, split between the KIJHL, BCHL, and OJHL. Over the past two years, Dumas has 28 points in 87 games, with the majority of them being goals. Dumas is another 1999 who has played two years of junior hockey with two more years of eligibility

“Dominic is a natural center that has size and speed. He also has junior experience and should step right in and contribute in our forward crop.”

CJ Hapward – G (7thRound, 159thPick): CJ will come in this season with a chance to earn some starts along with returning goaltender Alex Camarre. Hapward is a ’99 birth year who has had a save percentage above .900 since he started junior hockey three seasons ago. Last year, Hapward had a .923 save percentage for the New Jersey Colonials. He also played two games for the Jackalopes last year, picking up a victory in his first start. He now gets a chance to put his name on the back of a Jackalopes jersey this season.

“CJ is an athletic, competitive kid that just finds a way to make saves. He played really well for us against Amarillo last season in his 1st junior game.”

Carl Skärström – F (8thRound, 183rdPick): With no import spots being used for Odessa, it opens up space for Skärström to move in as a Swedish forward and make a play for the Jacks. A ’98 birth year, Skärström is in his final season of junior hockey and will come in after playing in the top Swedish league, the SuperElit. Carl put up very good numbers in the SuperElit putting up 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) with the majority of them coming last season.

“Carl is a fast and tenacious player that had great year this past season in Sweden. His game will translate very well to this league and to college hockey.”

Jesper Wikström – D (9thRound, 207thPick): Wikstrom adds a third right-handed defenseman for the Jackalopes. Odessa has had great success when acquiring players from Sweden and hope Wikström will do much of the same. Jesper joins his teammate from last season, Skärström, in back-to-back draft picks from the Södertálje SK J20 in the SuperElit.

“Jesper is an undersized puck moving D that will be able to break pucks out and add offensively from the blue line.”

Adam Bricker – F (10thRound, 231stPick): Bricker is a smaller forward, standing at 5-foot-9, 170-pounds. The Jackalopes have found great success with smaller players, including guys like Zach Zech and Matt Brown. Bricker netted eight goals and added 20 assists last season playing in his first year of junior hockey in the NCDC for the P.A.L. Junior Islanders.

“Adam Bricker is an undersized, skilled forward that had a very good year in the NCDC. As an ‘00 he has a lot of upside.”

Ryan Dickinson – F (11thRound, 255thPick): Dickinson is only a ’99, but has already played two years of junior hockey in the NAHL. Dickinson started the last two seasons with the Topeka RoadRunners before being traded to the Brookings Blizzard at the Showcase last season. Dickinson is a big-bodied defenseman, standing at 6-foot-2, 223-pounds and provides a veteran presence in a division he can thrive in.

“Ryan is a big strong D-man that has almost 100 games of experience in our league. He will fit into the south division very nicely.”

Louis Jamernik – F (12thRound, 279thPick): Jamernik gets to join the Jackalopes as another 200 birth year with three years of junior hockey eligibility available. For such a young guy, he already has a year of junior hockey experience after playing 43 games for the Brooks Bandits over parts of the past two seasons in the AJHL. As one of the youngest players in the league last season, Louis has posted 13 goals and 14 assists as well (27 points) over only 43 games. Jamernik is a young presence the Jacks can look forward to the next couple of seasons.

“Louis is a young 00 that had very good numbers in the Alberta Junior league and will be a great addition to our forward group next season.”

Sean Dynan – G (13thRound, 303thPick): Dynan is the second goaltender drafted by the Jackalopes and has a chance to compete with Hapward for the backup goaltender spot to Alex Camarre. Dynan is 6-foot-1, 185-pounds who has posted some pretty good numbers these last couple seasons. The ’99 from Reading, Massachusetts has put up a save percentage above .925 in each of the past three seasons.

“Sean is a big kid that fills the net and has a great track record of winning hockey games at the prep level.”

Matt Minerva – F (14thRound, 327thPick): Minerva was the final draft pick for the Jackalopes this season, but should not be slept on. Matt is a big-bodied, 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward who had excellent success last season for the P.A.L. Junior Islanders 18U squad. Minerva is a ’99 who picked up 11 assists on top of his 6 goals last season.

“Matt is a big kid that can absolutely fire the puck. He has the size and talent to be a very difficult player to play against.”

The Jacks 2018-19 opening day roster will be finalized following the conclusion of the club’s main camp in Chicago from on July 26-29.

In 2018-19, the Jacks will embark on their 22nd season in the Permian Basin and 8th as members of the North American Hockey League.

The 2018-2019 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.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter @LetsGoJacks all year long and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the official “Odessa Jackalopes” fan page on Facebook.

— ODESSA JACKALOPES —

Peyton Frantti Commits to St. Norbert

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey Leauge, are proud to announce that Peyton Frantti has committed to play collegiate hockey at St. Norbert College for next season. The St. Norbert Green Nights are a Division III hockey program in the Midwest Conference, competing against teams in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

“I feel that St.Norbert is the perfect fit for me because of their outstanding academics and also their tremendous hockey program,” says Frantti. “They also have an incredible coaching staff who knows how to win.”

The native of Spring Grove, Illinois played high school hockey at Culver Military Academy for three seasons before joining the NAHL. Frantti joined the Topeka RoadRunners to begin the 2016-17 hockey season. The Jackalopes acquired Frantti via trade in January of 2017 during a weekend series in Topeka.

“When we saw there was an opportunity to acquire Frantti last season, we knew we had to jump on it,” says head coach Gatto. “Frantti was the leading scorer for Topeka his first year, and he put up the most points in a Jacks uniform since he joined us. He’s a big, immovable body that can finish the job near the net.”

Frantti placed third on the Jackalopes this season with 48 points (16 goals, 32 assists) this season. Over the course of a season and a half in Odessa, Frantti racked up 58 points (19 goals, 39 assists) over the course of 84 games, the most in the timeframe. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound forward really upped his game this season when making the move from the right wing to center.

“I was able to increase my production this past season by taking on the role as a veteran player and helping the team out when we needed to capitalize,” says Frantti. “I owe a lot of credit to all of my teammates, especially my linemates for pushing me everyday to get better.”

Frantti joins Lane Valimont as the only Jackalopes to commit to St. Norbert. The Green Knights enter next season as defending NCAA DIII ice hockey champions.

Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season 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.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

— ODESSA JACKALOPES —

Trio of Jackalopes Commit to Nichols College

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes are proud to announce that a trio of players have committed to play collegiate hockey for Nichols College of the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Lucas Andersson, Petr Miko, and Noah Poindexter plan to be teammates for the next four years together at Nichols.

Poindexter is a three-year veteran with the Jackalopes, beginning with only nine games in the 2015-16. Over parts of three seasons, Poindexter scored 7 goals and added 31 assists for 38 over points while playing in 127 career games, good for 5thall time.

Poindexter is an extremely hard worker who is going to fight until the bitter end of the game. The native of Holland, Michigan is very hard on the puck and is willing to throw the body if it will win the puck. Poindexter earned the honor this past year of being a leader for the Jackalopes and being named an alternate captain by his peers.

Andersson and Miko joined the Jackalopes only this season, but made their presence known. They were discovered after attending College Hockey Sweden last summer. Andersson played in the EHL the season before, and found himself in the states for another year.

Andersson, the native of Sweden, scored five times on the year and assisted on six more. Lucas provided an excellent defensive presence and helped to run the right point for Odessa on the power play all season.

MIko on the other hand went under the radar until he was spotted at College Hockey Sweden by the Jackalopes. Playing his entire career in the Czech Republic, Miko’s transition to the states was flawless. Miko finished the season 3rdon the team in goals with 18, trailing only Blake Bride and Ricky Carballo. Miko had 13 assists this past season as well, racking up 31 points in 54 games.

The trio of Jackalopes will be the first three to play at Nichols College from Odessa. They will join the squad and have a tough challenge, having to take down the 2017-18 runner-ups, Salve Regina.

Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season 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.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

— ODESSA JACKALOPES —

Jackalopes Tender Kyle Herbster

Odessa, TX –The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League, have signed forward Kyle Herbster to a tender for the 2018-19 season. Herbster is the sixth tender the Jackalopes have signed this season.

Herbster, the native of Cary, Illinois, just finished his second year of junior hockey, playing in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for the prior two seasons.

“I saw that last year the team had a good year and made playoffs, and that’s something I want to be apart of,” says Herbster. “I also talked with a player from the team last year, and he had nothing but good things to say about Odessa; he said I’ll love it. Also, who doesn’t want to play hockey where it’s always nice and 80 degrees most of the time?”

After playing midget hockey in Illinois for Team Illinois U16 and U18 with only 21 points in 51 games over two seasons, Herbster joined the Cochrane Crunch of the NOJHL.

In his first season of junior hockey, Herbster netter 17 goals and assisted on 16 more for his team in 56 games. The following season, Herbster played in only 55 games, but increased his production a total of 53 points (36-50-86). Herbster’s 86 points earned him the league’s top scorer, as well as a second-team All-Star in the NOJHL.

“I think I finally found a scoring touch,” says Herbster about his production increase. “I definitely had more confidence than I did my first year. My line mates and I clicked really well and that helped us out a bunch.”

“Kyle is a big get for us. He is a down to earth hard working kid that led his team to a league championship this season, and also won the NOJHL scoring title,” says associate head coach Cody Campbell. “He will also be entering his 3rd season of junior hockey and knows what it takes to have success individually but also, more importantly, as a group. We are really excited to have Kyle on board for next season.”

Herbster’s high production rate helped propel his team to the top record and eventual NOJHL Champions. They made it all the way to the Dudley Hewitt Cup before the team lost in the round robin.

“I want to bring what I learned from last years experience to the Jacks. There’s a difference between the regular season and postseason, and I hope that from what I learned, I can share it with the other guys. I especially want to share it with guys in their first year or their first time in the postseason to help us make a run at the championship.”

Herbster joins Martin Pietraszek, Matt Hutton, Cade Roberts, Rex Moe, and Connor Smith as the other Jackalopes tenders who look to break through with the team for next season.

A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders plus or minus any trades, which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 5, 2018.

— ODESSA JACKALOPES —

Blake Bride Commits to Air Force Academy

Odessa, TX – Following an outstanding season where he led the Jackalopes in goals, Blake Bride has committed to play collegiate hockey for Air Force Academy, joining Zac Herrmann and linemates Matt Brown and Eric Huss as Division I commits.

“You can’t go wrong with Air Force and everything they have to offer,” says Bride. “It’s a smaller school that offers amazing academics. They have an amazing hockey team too. Not only does the Air Force let me play division 1 hockey, it also will set me up for an amazing future. The opportunities you get after graduating from the Air Force are like nothing else.”

The native of Broomfield, Colorado began the season with the Minnesota Wilderness where he put up only one goal while assisting on five more. Following the NAHL Showcase in Blaine at the beginning of the season, Bride was acquired from Minnesota to play in Odessa. While with the Jacks, Bride scored 22 more times to lead the team, while also putting up 25 assists. Bride finished the season second on the Jackalopes roster with 53 points in 55 games.

“Blake absolutely earned everything he achieved this year,” says associate head coach Cody Campbell. “We traded for him with the hopes that he would provide some offense this season and break out next season. He completely exceeded our expectations and that is largely impart to how hard he works. He became one of our most reliable forwards offensively and defensively. The Air Force Academy is getting a heck of a player and person, and we couldn’t be happier for Blake and his family”

Bride is a ’98 birth year who made the Wilderness roster out of main camp. Bride’s work ethic and mentality to lay it all on the line fits Air Force’s scheme perfectly. Blake is one of those players that is winning to drive to the net and dive in front of an opponent’s shot at all costs to prevent a shot on goal.

“I was always the smallest and lightest kid on every team I played for,” says Bride. “I’ve had to prove myself my whole life in order to standout. For me, I learned to give it everything I got. I need to be the guy that will block a shot and take a hit to make a play. I just want to prove to everyone it’s not about your height or weight, it’s about how much work your willing to put into it and how much you love the game.”

With the commitment, Bride becomes the fourth Jackalope to commit to Air Force, and he will become teammates with Pierce Pluemer and Jake Levin.

Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season 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.

 Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

— ODESSA JACKALOPES —

Jackalopes Tender Connor Smith

Odessa, TX –The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League, have signed forward Connor Smith to a tender for the 2018-19 season. Smith is the fifth tender the Jackalopes have signed this season.

Smith, the native of Pickney, Michigan, just finished his second year of junior hockey, playing in Canadian leagues for the prior two seasons.

“I needed to do what was best for me, and Odessa was a better team in a better league. It is just overall a better option for me, so when the opportunity came I knew I had to do what was best for me,” says Smith. “Signing a tender with Odessa was what is best for everyone involved. I visited Odessa after my season ended to see what it was like, and I joined the guys on a road trip. They made me feel welcome and like I was a part of the team. That was a big factor in my decision to sign with Jacks.”

Following four years of hockey at Pickney High School where he picked up 114 goals and 69 assists in 105 games, Smith joined the Three River Falls Norskies in the SIJHL. In one season with the Norskies, Smith scored 24 times in 53 games while assisting on 14 goals as well.

After one year in the SIJHL, Smith swapped Canadian leagues to the SJHL where he joined the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Despite his team ranking last in the league, Smith was a bright spot, netting 21 goals on the year, ranking in the Top-20 scorers in the SJHL.

“Connor is a long rangy kid that can absolutely fire the puck,” says associate head coach Cody Campbell. “He has been a goal scorer his whole life and with two years of junior hockey under his belt, we expect him to come in and produce for us right away.”

Smith has always been a scorer, tallying 20 or more goals in each of the past four seasons. While he has a quick shot and pinpoint accuracy, his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame can be intimidating as well.

“Since I was a kid I’ve always had a rink in my backyard to skate on,” says Smith. “In the summers I would play roller hockey out in the back yard and as soon as it was cold enough, my dad would make an ice rink for me and my brother. I’ve always had opportunity to skate whenever I wanted, and it has definitely helped me the develop the ability to score.”

Smith gives the Jackalopes a pure scorer that can help elevate the game of everyone else on the team. Smith joins Martin Pietraszek, Matt Hutton, Cade Roberts, and Rex Moe as the other Jackalopes tenders who look to break through with the team for next season.

A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders plus or minus any trades, which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 5, 2018.

— ODESSA JACKALOPES —

Eric Huss Commits to Army West Point

Odessa, TX – Days after being named to the South All-Rookie Team, Eric Huss committed to play college hockey for Army-West Point, joining Zac Herrmann and linemate Matt Brown as Division I commits.

“For me, education is huge and West Point’s education, along with their hockey program, is phenomenal,” says Huss. “Their facilities are some of the best in the world, and for me, it was just a great fit.”

The native of Dallas, Texas picked up six goals on the year while assisting on 16 as well. Huss had some milestone goals for Odessa this year, including the first goal of the season and the goal to start the teddy bear toss in December.

“Eric kept getting better all year long,” says head coach Greg Gatto. “He wasn’t drafted or tendered, so he had a lot to work for. He made our team out of camp because he wanted it and he was willing to work for it. He impressed everybody involved.”

Huss is a ’99 birth year who was passed on by teams this summer before joining the Jackalopes out of main camp. The first-year forward worked hard this year, but found himself in and out of the lineup throughout November. He worked his way from a fourth line grinder to a first-line worker throughout the course of the season.

“Growing up, my parents always emphasized hard work,” explains Huss. “For me, I learned a lot from that. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder, whether it was being un-drafted this year or being undersized when I was younger. Facing those obstacles instilled the value of work ethic.”

As a ’99 birth year, Huss still have two more years of junior hockey eligibility before aging out.

With the commitment, Huss becomes the first Jackalope to commit this year, and the third Jackalope to commit to Army.

Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season 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.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

— ODESSA JACKALOPES —

Two Jacks Named to All-South Team

Odessa, TX– Ricky Carballo and Zac Herrmann were named to the All-South Division Team on Tuesday afternoon. This is only the second time two Jackalopes have been named to the All-South Team in the same season.

“The south division is full of a lot great players so it’s an honor to be selected to the All-South team,” says Carballo. “I can’t thank my coaches and teammates enough for all the help they have given me this past year.”

The native of Keller, Texas posted 56 points in 59 games throughout the 2016-17 campaign between the Aberdeen Wings and Odessa Jackalopes. Carballo was acquired from Aberdeen on November 20th, where he found a home again, picking up 45 points in 39 games in Odessa the second half of the year while tying for the league-lead with six game-winning goals.

“Carballo helped us to close out games in the late parts of the third period,” says head coach Greg Gatto. “He’s a two-year veteran in the south division who understands how to play and get the best out of it. Ricky knows how to put the puck in the net. There’s a reason he led our team in points when it was all said and done.”

Herrmann finished his final season of junior hockey in grand fashion as well. Herrmann was the 4thhighest scoring defenseman in the entire league, racking up 40 points (9 goals, 31 assists). Herrmann started the season as the best defenseman in the league, picking up 10 points in November to be named the Defenseman of the Month, and he finished the season with three assists in three playoff games.

“Zac is a leader for us. We gave him an “A” before the season and he did not disappoint,” says Gatto. “When it came down to it, he’s the guy you want on the ice in any pressure situation. He moves so smoothly and always makes a good play with the puck. He’s the type of player young defensemen should look at in junior hockey.”

Carballo and Herrmann are the sixth and seventh Jackalopes players to earn the honor of All-South Division. Chase joins Connor Hellebuyck (goalie, 2011-12), Kenny Hausinger (forward, 2014-15), Hampus Sjodahl (forward, 2015-16), Daniel Kiraly (defenseman, 2015-16), and Chase Thudium (forward, 2016-17).

Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season 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.