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Julian Biondo – JrHockeyDigest.com Brahmas Warrior Award Winner

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing: 2017 JrHockeyDigest.com Brahmas Warrior Award winner Julian Biondo celebrates the Lone Star Brahmas NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship with his father on May 14 at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.


Lone Star Brahmas rookie forward Julian Biondo was presented with the 2017 JrHockeyDigest.com Brahmas Warrior Award at the team’s post season party.

The Brahmas Warrior Award acknowledges the Lone Star player “Who gives the extra effort both physically and mentally. He displays a competitive attitude by pushing himself and his teammates every day with a fearless and relentless attitude.” The award is voted on by the Brahmas team captains, broadcaster Nick Marek and JrHockeyDigest.com editor Kirk Estes.

Players receiving votes in addition to Biondo were Austin Kamer, Carson Kelley, Austin O’Rourke and Jordan Wishman.

Julian Biondo received the 2017 JrHockeyDigest.com Brahmas Warrior Award

Biondo a 5’ 10”, 170 pound native of Shelby Township, MI came to the Brahmas as a preseason tender from the Oakland Jr Grizzlies 18U team in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. Leadership and grit were evident in Biondo’s game long before signing his NAHL tender with the Brahmas. He was Michigan High School Hockey Coaches’ Association Division 1 All-State player in high school and wore an “A” with the JR Grizzlies as an Alternate Captain putting up 11G-19A in 32 games played with 56 PIMs.

When his tender was announced Biondo stated “I want to put the puck in the net, obviously, and be one of the hardest working guys out there. Go into the corners and get the puck and do whatever it takes to help the team,” and that is exactly what he accomplished.

Despite taking a bit to find his scoring touch once he hit the NYTEX Sports Centre ice, it was obvious to everyone paying attention that it was only a matter of time. Biondo displayed a tenacity that was infectious leading by example with is speed, toughness in the corners and strong back check.

Brahmas’ Captain John Zimmerman said of Julian, “fearless and relentless are the perfect words to describe him. No matter the circumstances, he’s always moving as fast as he can and with the most amount of energy possible. His competitive attitude can be seen in all aspects of his life, both on and off the ice.”

The hard work and relentless attitude began to pay off in the second half of the season as Biondo registered eight of his 11 goals and two of his four assists down the stretch including two game winning goals. In the post season, Biondo added one goal and three assists in 11 games as the Brahmas won the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship.

Biondo is one of a small core of players eligible to return to the Brahmas next season and will be key to grooming rookies with his continued leadership both on and off the ice.

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