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Aidan Spellacy – 2018 Brahma Warrior Award Winner

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Second year Lone Star Brahmas forward Aidan Spellacy was presented with the JrHockeyDigest.com Brahma Warrior Award Wednesday at the teams end of season party.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas held their end of season party Wednesday evening at the NYTEX Sports Centre. During the festivities Brahmas Alternate Captain, Aidan Spellacy was presented with the 2018 JrHockeyDigest.com – Brahma Warrior Award.

The Brahma Warrior Award is presented each season to the Brahmas 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.”

Each season the award is voted on by the radio voice of the Brahmas, Nick Marek, the Brahmas’ team Captains and the Editor of JrHockeyDigest.com, Kirk Estes.

As evidence of the deep roster the Brahmas fielded this season a total of eight players received votes on the six ballots cast and three different players received first place votes. Once all the votes were tallied Spellacy came out on top.

Other players receiving votes in alphabetical order

Justin Addamo

Emack Bentley

Julian Biondo

Owen Farris

Mitchell Gibson

Kyle Hallbauer

Wyatt Matthews

The 2017/18 campaign was Spellacy’s second full season as a member of the Lone Star Brahmas and first as one of the team Captains after proving his leadership abilities as a rookie. The 5’ 11” – 175 pound forward from Lakewood, OH skated in all 68 games (regular season and playoffs combined) for Lone Star this past season recording a total of 32 points on 15G-17A. He scored 7 game winning goals and was a +12 on the season. In 133 career games with Lone Star Spellacy accounted for 21G-31A.

Spellacy was a big game player for Lone Star, in 19 post season games he put up 5G-5A including three game winners.

While the NAHL does not keep records on blocked shots, if it did Spellacy would undoubtedly rank among the league leaders in the category. He never saw a shot from an opponent that he did not do everything he could to put his body in front of. The Brahmas finished the season with the top-rated defense in the league in large part to the team buying into blocking shooting lanes and Spellacy was the best of the bunch.

Some of the comments that were made in support of Spellacy during the voting process show just how much he impacted the rest of the Brahmas roster and their performance on the ice.

“Aidan Spellacy played in every game this year and is one of the hardest working guys I have ever played with. He leads by example and would do anything for the guys on the team.”

“Always the first one by the doors getting his teammates pumped up for the game. One of the hardest working players on the ice who is a team-first player and listens well to his coaches. Always giving 110%, hustles hard and can block shots at any time.”

“Spellacy shows up to practice every day with a good attitude and is always giving second and third efforts throughout each game.”

Spellacy continues a tradition of hardnosed, gritty players to receive the award and sets a great example for players to come in how to play hockey the Brahmas’ way.

 

Previous Winners of the JrHockeyDigest.com Brahma Warrior Award

2015 – Hogan Davidson

2016 – Hogan Davidson

2017 – Julian Biondo

 

If you would like to become part of the Lone Star Brahmas family and become more involved with players like Aidan Spellacy, the organization is looking for Billet Families for next season.

Billet families are an integral part of the Brahmas organization and crucial to the success of the program. As a billet family you play a very important role in the life of the player. By opening your home to a player or players you are providing them with a stable and secure home away from home. Players can be great role models for young family members to show what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.

Being a billet family can be a very rewarding experience. Strong bonds are often made between the player, his parents and the billet family, which often extend well into the future, after the player has moved on to the next level.

Those interested should contact Brahmas Head Coach Dan Wildfong dwildfong10@gmail.com.

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