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Brahmas 2017/18 Tenders – Draft Choices

With the Lone Star Brahmas’ 2017 main camp less than a month away, let’s take a look at the drafted and tendered players who head coach Dan Wildfong and assistant coach Justin Hale will be putting through the paces in preparation for the defense of the Robertson Cup National Championship.



Lone Star used their first 2017/18 tender on a name that should be somewhat familiar to Brahmas fans in Andy Willis. Willis is a 1998 forward who played four games with the Brahmas during the 2016/17 season. In his brief NAHL stint, Willis put up 1G-1A with 2 penalty minutes. The 5’ 11” – 170 pound native of Ballwin, MO has skated with the St Louis Selects of the NAPHL the past three seasons averaging more than a point per game during the 2016/17 season. Willis was an NAPHL U16 All Star in 2014/15. In 2016 he was honored as St. Louis High School Sports All-Metro Hockey First Team. This past January he was named the NAPHL Apex Virtual Learning Offensive Peak Performer of the Month.




Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 St Louis Selects U16 NAPHL 15 4 7 11 42
2015/16 St Louis Selects U18 NAPHL 12 2 4 6 18
2016/17 St Louis Selects U18 NAPHL 22 17 18 35 4
Lone Star Brahmas NAHL 4 1 1 2 2





With their second tender of the year the Brahmas stayed up front signing right handed forward Jake Rott from Providence Catholic High School Celtics in New Lennox, IL. Rott, another 1998 forward checks in at  6’ 4” – 165 pounds and is from Orland Park, IL. Jake has made an impact during his high school career being recognized on the Illinois All-State Team, earning the America’s Showcase MVP and being honored as the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois – Player of the Year. In three season with the Celtics, Rott put up 147 points on 67G – 80A in 66 games played.





Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Providence Catholic HS USHS 22 20 14 34 2
2015/16 Providence Catholic HS USHS 22 21 31 52 0
2016/17 Providence Catholic HS USHS 22 26 35 61 40




The Brahmas first signee on the defensive side was Jared Kucharek who at 6’ 3” – 195 pounds brings some physicality to the blueline. Kucharek is a 1998 who had a cup of coffee with the Brahmas as well late in the season seeing action in two games on the road in Corpus Christi. Kucharek is a native of Parma, MI who has an offensive side to his game as well. He spent last season in the NAPHL with the Meijer AAA 18U team registering more than a point per game leading all NAPHL defensemen in scoring and earning NAPHL18U Frist All Star Team recognition. He was also named the NAPHL Apex Virtual Learning Defensive Peak Performer of the Month in January. Kucharek was selected in the 5th round, 68th overall, by the Omaha Lancers in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft.

Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2015/16 Rochester Jr Americans 18U USPHL 39 3 12 15 22
2016/17 Meijer AAA 18U NAPHL 22 8 15 23 22
Lone Star Brahmas NAHL 2 0 0 0 2





Josh Martin joins the team as the second defender to sign a tender for the 2017/18 season. The Brownstown, MI native is a 1999 who comes in at 6’ 1” – 185 pounds. Martin spent last season with Belle Tire in the T1EHL 18U where he put up 13 points in 32 regular season games then added 1G-2A in four playoff contests. Prior to his move to Belle Tire, Martin spent four seasons in the Compuware program.







Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2015/16 Compuware U16 HPHL 14 0 0 0 6
2016/17 Belle Tire U18 T1EHL 32 1 12 13 52





Another point per game forward was on tap with the Brahmas next signing when they inked Collin Seibenaler to a tender. The 5’ 10” – 170 pound forward from Edon, OH is a 1998 birth year. He spent the past two seasons with the T1EHL U18 Ohio Blue Jackets where he wore an “A” as an Alternate Captain for the team. During the 2015/16 season Collin registered 13G-19A for 32 points in 32 games played. Seibenaler has a good hockey bloodline with older brother Blake being a 3rd round, number 77 overall pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.






Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Carroll HS USHS 20 7 17 24 14
2015/16 Ohio Blue Jackets U18 T1EHL 32 9 5 14 2
2016/17 Ohio Blue Jackets U18 T1EHL 32 13 19 32 24




Julian Biondo and Aidan Spellacy will see a familiar face as they welcome another former Oakland Jr Grizzlies skater in Chase Pletzke. Pletzke a 2000 forward with a left shot stands 5’ 10” – 160 pounds and hales from Bay City, MI. A Michigan based scout for the Sporting News said of Pletzke “Chase is a “pure winner with intangibles that cannot be measured.” Chase was selected in the 2016 Entry Drafts of both the OHL and USHL going in the 14th round, number 266 overall to the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL and in the 4th round, number 63 overall to the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. He is committed to NCAA D-I Bowling Green State University for the 2019/20 season.





Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Oakland Jr Grizzlies Bantam T1EBHL 14 6 7 13 6
2015/16 Oakland Jr Grizzlies U16 T1EHL 30 4 17 21 24
2016/17 Oakland Jr Grizzlies U18 T1EHL 14 4 10 14 6




The Brahmas went North of the border to pick up their next signee in forward Ture Linden from the North York Rangers of the OJHL. Linden from Great Falls, VA was born in 1997 and brings a solid year of Junior experience with him as well as a 6’ 0” – 180 pound frame to help compete in the rough and tumble NAHL South. OJHL website said of Linden “heady, deceptively fast, versatile, good on face-offs, playmaker, scorer are all words to describe his game.”





Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Kent School USHS 23 2 6 8
2015/16 Kent School USHS 24 1 4 5
CT Wolf Pack U18 Midget 21 3 6 9
2016/17 Trenton Golden Hawks OJHL 16 8 11 19 0
North York Rangers OJHL 39 21 21 42 10




Austin Bottrell is another 1997 American who spent last season in the OJHL. In fact Botrell and Linden opened the season together on the Trenton Golden Hawks roster. Burlington Cougars head coach and GM Mark Jooris said in announcing the trade for Austi, “Bottrell is a really clever player” It was also noted that “Bottrell brings some scoring touch to the Cougars, along with offensive creativity and skill.” Bottrell is a 5’ 10” – 176 pound native of Farmington Hills, MI with a right shot. He recorded an OJHL combined 57 points on 18G-39A in 55 games played between Trenton and Burlington last season.





Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Farmington Hills HS USHS 27 34 28 62 40
2015/16 Rochester Jr Americans USPHL 17 8 12 20 8
Niagara Falls Canucks GOJHL 31 13 9 22 16
2016/17 Trenton Golden Hawks OJHL 38 12 23 35 6
Burlington Cougars OJHL 17 6 16 22 14




Lone Star dipped into the OJHL pool once again with their ninth tender for next season only this time they moved to the defensive side in signing North Richland Hills, TX native Kyle Hallbauer. As with the other two OJHL products, Hallbauer is a 1997 entering his final year of Junior eligibility carrying Junior A experience. Hallbauer who is 5’ 11” – 185 pounds led the state of New Jersey Class A Public Schools in scoring in 2014/15 with 86 points on 42G-44A. GMNews described Hallbauer as fast, elusive and possessor of a wicked slap shot.





Year Team League GP G A Pts
2014/15 New Jersey Hitmen 18U USPHL 27 5 8 13
2015/16 New Jersey Hitmen 18U USPHL 22 2 17 19
2016/17 Kingston Voyageurs OJHL 52 15 29 44




With their final tender contract of the season the Brahmas picked up more veteran leadership from Canada in Jared Domin of the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals. Domin born in 1997 is 5’ 11” – 190 pound forward who has seen limited action in the NAHL with two games played for the Aberdeen Wings back during the 2014/15 season. A scouting report from US Hockey Report said of Domin, “A solid skater who can hold off defenders by using his strong edges and leg strength. Has good hands in tight and will bury it when he is anywhere near the net.” He was selected in the 13th round, number 254 overall of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Oshawa Generals. The Madison Capitals tabbed him with their 12th round, number 191 overall pick in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft and South Division rival Shreveport Mudbugs took him in the 1st round, number 2 overall in last season’s NAHL Entry Draft.





Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Little Caesars U18 HPHL 25 10 15 25 51
Aberdeen Wings NAHL 2 0 0 0 12
2015/16 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 53 16 23 39 72
2016/17 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 49 21 23 44 65


After building a solid foundation through the tender process, the Brahmas turned to the 2017 NAHL Entry Draft and the trade market to fill out their roster for Main Camp.




With the 22nd selection in the 1st round the Brahmas took Drew Lennon, defenseman with the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL. Lennon is a 6’ 1” – 170 pound native of Bloomington, IL born in 1998. “Drew has good size, skates very well and has great vision on the ice, said Spruce Kings Head Coach Chad van Diemen. “He works hard on and off the ice towards improving his overall play.” While playing in Texas with the U14 Ice Jets Academy, Lennon won the national AA title.





Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Rocky Mtn Roughriders 16U Midget 14 4 1 5 4
2015/16 Connecticut Oilers EHL 39 3 14 17 31
2016/17 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 44 4 15 19 10







Lone Star pulled from their own back yard with their 2nd round selection, number 37 overall, of Dallas Stars Elite forward Will Stromp. Stromp is a 5’ 8” – 150 pound lefty from Plano, TX born in 1999. Stromp finished last season with 23 points in 31 games played for the Stars. Will participated in the 2016 USA Hockey Team Development Camp registering 0G-2A in five games played.






Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Dallas Stars Elite U16 T1EHL 20 1 3 4 4
2015/16 Dallas Stars Elite U16 T1EHL 18 5 12 17 10
2016/17 Dallas Stars Elite U18 T1EHL 31 12 11 23 36




With both netminders from last season moving on to the NCAA D-I ranks Lone Star needs to reload the goalie position and selected Mitchell Gibson in the 2nd round, number 45 overall. Gibson is a 1999 from Phoenixville, PA who is 6’ 1” – 176 pounds. SB Nation – USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp Rankings and Scouting Reports: “Good post-to-post saves, pushes off strong, kicks rebounds to the corner.” Gibson was taken in the 6th round of the USHL Futures Draft by the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2015. Also that same offseason he was selected in the 9th round of the OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Erie Otters. He is committed to Harvard University for the 2019/20 season. “The Harvard Crimson Hockey program is getting a very special player and person, who his teammates respect and admire.  I am absolutely confident he will do the same for Harvard University,” said Head Coach Bud Dombroski.






Year Team League GP W L OTL GAA SV%
2014/15 Comcast U16 USPHL 27 15 2 0 1.44 0.942
2015/16 Phil. Little Flyers U18 T1EHL 15 10 3 2 2.04 0.923
2016/17 Phil. Little Flyers U18 T1EHL 20 10 10 0 3.38 0.902




Lone Star found an outstanding player from Detroit Catholic Central High School last season in goalie Alec Calvaruso, so they are hoping that going back to the well rewards them again this season. They selected defenseman Austin Roell from Detroit Catholic in the 3rd round, 68th overall. The scouting report from US Hockey Report says of Roell “98 right shot D from Detroit Catholic High School is a smart, positionally sound player. Does a lot of the little things. Good gap and stick defending the rush.” Austin will also bring some more size to the blueline with a 6’ 2” – 180 pound frame. Roell is a native of Brighton, MI.





Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2015/16 Detroit Catholic Central USHS 25 2 9 11
2016/17 Detroit Catholic Central USHS 30 1 15 16 20




In the 4th round, number 71 overall the Brahmas once again pulled from the BCHL Cowichan Valley Capitals drafting forward Michael Montambault. The 6’ 3” – 207 pound native of Ann Arbor, MI put up 27 points in 48 regular season games. Montambault has been catching the eye of scouts for years being drafted in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Niagara IceDogs. In 2014 he was taken by the Omaha Lancers in the 8th round of the USHL Entry Draft, and in an odd twist by both the Minnesota Magicians (12 round) and Wenatchee Wild (8th round) of the NAHL Entry Draft. In 2015 the Bismarck Bobcats selected him in the 5th round of the NAHL Entry Draft then the Austin Bruins took him in the 6th round of the 2016 NAHL Entry Draft. US Hockey Report: “Every shift we watched him we liked him more and more. For a big kid he has a soft set of hands and good offensive instincts.  He is just figuring out how to use his size. If he keeps at it, he can only get better.”




Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Victory Honda U18 T1EHL 32 9 23 32 24
2015/16 Omaha Lancers USHL 10 2 1 3 0
Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 42 1 2 3 8
2016/17 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 48 8 19 27 16





Lone Star’s second pick of a goaltender was used on Landsberg am Lech, Germany native Benjamin Beck in the 4th round, number 84 overall. Beck a 1999 is committed to the University of Maine Black Bears. “Ben reminds a lot of Ben Bishop when he arrived at Maine,” said Matthew Deschamps head coach of EC Salsburg and former University of Maine player. “He’s athletic and aggressive, and he’s a calm kid. He doesn’t get rattled.” He also said Beck works extremely hard and is very coachable. Beck’s physique will remind people of Bishop who played in the NAHL with the Texas Tornado. At 6’ 7” – 215 pounds Beck is a full three inches taller than former Brahma netminder Jake Kupsky.





Season Team League GP GAA SV%
2014/15 Eisbaren Juniors Berlin U16 Schuler-BL 17 2.85
2015/16 EC Salzburg U18 RBHRC U18 7 2.78 0.897
2016/17 EC Salzburg U18 RBHRC U18 13 2.62
Germany U18 WJC-18 D1A 5 3.92 0.837




St. Louis Selects’ Will Baginski was the Brahmas 4th round, number 92 overall selection. The 5’ 10” – 165 pound forward from Glencoe, MO spent the past two seasons in the T1EHL where he accounted for 29 points last season in 32 games. Baginski born in 1998, played one game with the Lone Star Brahmas at NYTEX Sports Centre against the Wichita Falls Wildcats.







Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2015/16 St Louis AAA U18 T1EHL 32 2 3 5 22
2016/17 St Louis AAA U18 T1EHL 32 13 16 29 42
Lone Star Brahmas NAHL 1 0 0 0 2




Owen Farris gives the Brahmas another local player. The 6’ 3” – 204 pound native of Dallas is a 2000 forward of the Dallas Stars organization. Owen was the Brahmas 5th round, number 116 overall pick in this season’s NAHL Entry Draft. He has spent the past three seasons in the T1EHL with the Stars and last season racked up 18 points in 32 games along with 38 penalty minutes. Elite Hockey Prospects says Farris is “a big bodied power forward who competes hard every shift. He worked hard along the wall in battles and moves the puck into scoring position.” Farris was a 2016 5th round USHL Futures Draft pick of the Muskegon Lumberjacks.





2014/15 Dallas Stars Bantam T1EBHL 5 0 1 1 12
2015/16 Dallas Stars U16 T1EHL 31 3 12 15 20
2016/17 Dallas Stars U16 T1EHL 32 7 11 18 38





The 6th round, number 139 overall was another Ohio Blue Jackets U18 player in the person of Joel Heminger. Heminger is a 1998 defenseman who is 5’ 10” – 185 pounds and a native of Dublin, OH. “There’s no questioning his determination or why he’s considered the leader of this team,” says Heminger’s Elite Hockey Prospects scouting report. “His stamina is good, he can log tough minutes.” Heminger’s sister Isabel is commitment to play NCAA D-I hockey at Penn State.






Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2014/15 Ohio Blue Jackets U16 T1EHL 23 1 4 5 16
2015/16 Ohio Blue Jackets U16 T1EHL 30 1 3 4 26
2016/17 Ohio Blue Jackets U18 T1EHL 31 0 8 8 20




Kevin Lombardi came up on the Brahmas Draft Board in the 7th round, number 162 overall. With the selection of Lombardi, Lone Star completed its 2017 NAHL Entry Draft. Lombardi, a right handed forward from Schwenksville, PA spent last season with Northwood School Juniors in the USHS. Lombardi a 1998 is a physical presence on the ice going 6’ 4” – 225 pounds. He earned a spot on the 2016 Inter County Scholastic Hockey League All-Star Game roster. He was also drafted in the 6th round number 92 overall by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft.




Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2014/15 Perkiomen Valley High USHS 17 31 23 54 14
2015/16 Valley Forge Minutemen 18U AYHL 22 13 8 21 28
2016/17 Northwood School Junior USHS 22 3 3 6 0



Lone Star did make one offseason trade sending a future tender to the Fairbanks IceDogs for veteran defenseman Marc Sullivan. Brahmas fans may recall the last time that Lone Star brought a defenseman from Fairbanks via trade in the offseason. That transaction netted John Zimmerman who eventually became the Captain of the 2016/17 Robertson Cup National Champions. Sullivan will bring two seasons of NAHL experience into NYTEX Sports Centre including a 2016 Robertson Cup National Championsip with the IceDogs. Marc is a 5’ 11” – 170 pound defenseman born in 1997 who calls Eden Prairie, MN home. During the 2016/17 season, Sullivan was honored by the NAHL – Bauer Hockey as the Defenseman of the Month Runner UP, once as the Midwest Player of the Week and once as Player of the Week Honorable Mention. He was drafted in the 7th round, number 105 overall by Fargo Force in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft.




Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2014/15 Eden Prairie HS USHS 21 7 19 26 36
Team Northwest USHS 19 3 4 7 39
2015/16 Fairbanks Icedogs NAHL 43 4 5 9 46
2016/17 Fairbanks Icedogs NAHL 57 5 22 27 102

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