All 26 teams in the North American Hockey League has revelled their 25 man rosters as the league will be getting ready for the regular season which gets underway on September 15 with the NAHL Blaine Showcase starting up the season.
As for the Southwest Teams, surprisingly, neither the New Mexico Mustangs, Wichita Falls Wildcats or Amarillo Bulls had no Southwest Based players as they looking for talent and I would expect to work the DFW Metroplex in future years as the teams start to get more developed and gets more well known throughout the season.
In all 16 players from the Southwest made NAHL Rosters including 3 they found at the DFW Prospects Camp the team had in July. Also having multiple members include Tom Rizzardo and Nicholas Miglio who are joining the defending NAHL Robertson Cup Champion Bismarck Bobcats as well.
As for the Texas Tornado, they will have the only Oklahoma kid in the league in Tyler Herndon and Axel Boyer who is making his return for the Tornado this season and Sean Heidrick and Jake Stafford who were both with the Texas Tornado AAA Team last year along with Mico Solorzano who started last season with the Texas Tornado Midget Major Team, but made history as the first player from the newly created North American Prospects Hockey League to be called up to a Junior Team last season.
Topeka has most of their Texas guys back this year with defensemen Jacob Poe and Cory Ramsey, as well as Mason Milner who's joining the team. Two of the biggest weapons from last in NAHL Scoring Champions & Player of the Year Erik Higby who's heading to Northern Michigan University and the possibly of Michael Hill of making the Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL).
Some other Southwest Players making their NAHL Debut will be Frederick Leisner who's part of the expansion Aberdeen Wings and Joe Purull who's heading to the Springfield Jr. Blues.
This is a decent number, but with the number of high level talent getting into the USHL. This number is growing as well and the definition of success are big time honors, players looking to help be a part of a title contender and players looking to play in the NCAA Division 1 Level. 6 teams currently have Southwest Players and with Corpus Christi, Amarillo & New Mexico joining the league this year.
Hopefully we can see this number skyrocket as the competition should take a jump for roster spots in both the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the United States Hockey League (USHL) and the different Canadian Jr. A Leagues as Austin Smith played in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Nick Lazorko who's heading to Castleton State College in Vermont which is a Division 3 School in the ECAC East Division.
Here's the Rosters for the Southwest Teams in the NAHL. In addition, I will provide links to player profiles for the Southwest based players playing throughout the league. Even though the number is at 25 for all 26 teams, each team will have to cut 2 more players by October 1, and the place to show that you are worthy of being a strong player will be at the NAHL Blaine Showcase which will get underway on September 15 in Blaine, Minnesota. I will post the cuts for the teams when they come in which are expected to happen just before the deadline on October 1.
As you would expect, a majority of the players are from the DFW Area as 11 of the 16 players are from the different parts of the DFW Area. However, you have Kyle Hughes who's from Round Rock which is one of Austin's biggest surburbs. In addition Alex Rosado from Cypress which is in the Western part of the Houston area.
As well as 2 Oklahoma based players as Tyler Herndon is from Oklahoma City and Kyle Sharkley who's from Moore which is also part of the Oklahoma City Area.
Here's the Rosters for the 5 Southwest Teams.
Corpus Christi Icerays
New Mexico Mustangs
Wichita Falls Wildcats
All 26 Team Rosters Linked up here
Here's the Ind. Players who made NAHL Rosters throughout the League this season.
G, Frederick Leisner (Garland, TX.)
D, Tom Rizzardo (Highland Village, TX)
F, Nicholas Miglio (Boerne, TX)
Corpus Christi Icerays
F, Derrek Schartz (Plano, TX)
D, Kyle Hughes (Round Rock, TX)
F, Alex Rosado (Cypress, TX)
Springfield Jr. Blues
F, Joe Purull (Dallas, TX)
F, Axel Boyer (Keller, TX)
F, Sean Heidrick (Plano, TX)
F, Taylor Herndon (Oklahoma City, OK.)
G, Jake Stafford (Frisco, TX)
D, Jacob Poe (Arlington, TX)
F, Michael Hill (Ft. Worth, TX)
D, Mason Miller (Grand Prairie, TX)
D, Cory Ramsey (Colleyville, TX)
F, Kyle Sharkley (Moore, OK)
Blaine Showcase Schedule, all games are the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. To see the full schedule for each day, click the Date Links.
Corpus Christi Icerays VS. Traverse City North Stars 10:15 AM
Michigan Warriors VS. Amarillo Bulls 10:30 AM
Wichita Falls Wildcats VS. Chicago Hitmen 1:45 PM
New Mexico Mustangs VS. Janesville Jets 4:45 PM
Texas Tornado VS. Motor City Metal Jackets 8:15 PM
Chicago Hitmen VS. Corpus Christi Icerays 10:30 AM
Wenatchee Wild VS. Wichita Falls Wildcats 2:30 PM
Kenai River Brown Bears VS. Texas Tornado 5:00 PM
New Mexico Mustangs VS. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 8:00 PM
Amarillo Bulls VS. Fresno Monsters 8:15 PM
Owatonna Express VS. Corpus Christi Icerays 10:30 AM
Wichita Falls Wildcats VS. Bismarck Bobcats 1:15 PM
Texas Tornado VS. Coluee Region Chill 1:45 PM
Springfield Jr. Blues VS. New Mexico Mustangs 5:00 PM
Amarillo Bulls VS. Pt. Huron Fighting Falcons 8:00 PM
Aberdeen Wings VS. Wichita Falls Wildcats 9:00 AM
Austin (MN) Bruins VS. Texas Tornado 9:15 AM
St. Louis Bandits VS. Amarillo Bulls 9:45 PM
Alexandria Blizzard VS. New Mexico Mustangs 12:15 PM
Corpus Christi Icerays VS. Dawson Creek Rage 3:45 PM
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