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Lone Star Brahmas To NAHL Top Prospects

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Five Lone Star Brahmas players as well as Head Coach Dan Wildfong have been selected to participate in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The purpose of the tournament is to provide those players that are still uncommitted a great opportunity to play in front of hundreds of NCAA and NHL scouts for a chance to make a great impression and earn an NCAA commitment or get drafted into the NHL, according to NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.

The even will take place February 17 – 18 at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, MA. Last season, over 230 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school.

A total of six teams representing the four divisions within the NAHL, North, South, Central and East along with two NAHL Select teams, will play two games each. Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment are eligible to participate in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, with the exception of those who will be playing on the NAHL Selects teams.

Representing the Brahmas on the South Team will be forwards Will Stromp, CJ Walker and Matt Guerra (11G-31A) plus goalie Cayden Bailey (14W-5L-0OTL-1SOL). Two players will compete with the Selects Red team in forward Joey Baez (27G-19A) and defenseman Sam Brennan (8G-15A).

NAHL South

Will Stromp

Lone STar Brahmas - Stromp

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Stromp is playing in his first full season with the Brahmas after logging 11 games with the team last season. The native of Plano, TX is a 5’10” and 170 pound forward who has started to heat up as the NAHL season enters its second half. In 31 games played this season he has put up 17 points on 6F-11A including a six point night against the Odessa Jackalopes on January 3. His has registered 20 career NAHL points with 6G-14A in 42 games played.

In addition to his 11 games played with Lone Star last season, Stromp skated in the BCHL with the Langley Rivermen where he accounted for 7G-14A in 43 games during the regular season. He played his youth hockey in the Dallas Stars organization.

CJ Walker

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Walker is in his first season with the Brahmas but second in the NAHL skating with the Wichita Falls Wildcats during the 2016-17 season. CJ has 8G-14A on the season in 35 games played to rank eighth on the team in scoring. The 6’0”-172 pound forward from Boise, ID spent the 2017-18 season in the USHL with the Chicago Steel and Des Moines Buccaneers where he put up 10 points on 4G-6A. He started last season with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL before moving on the become a teammate of Stromp in Langley scoring 14 points in 38 games with 4G-10A.

In 91 career NAHL games played Walker has 18G-37A including eight power play goals to go along with 69 penalty minutes.

Matt Guerra

Lone Star Brahmas - Guerra

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Guerra is an NAHL veteran who has been among the league leaders in scoring all season. At 5’10” and 180 pounds the Sanford, FL native uses his speed and great vision on the ice to set up his teammates in scoring position. As a result he is fourth in the league in assists with 31 and second in the league in power play assists. In 40 games played this season Guerra has been more than a point per game scorer with 11G-31A. In his two seasons in the NAHL Matt has accumulated 95 points on 23G-72A, 194 penalty minutes and a +10 rating in 98 games played. Following the 2018-19 season Guerra was named to the NAHL All-Rookie First Team.

Prior to joining the Brahmas, Guerra played his prep hockey with Cushing Academy where he recorded 26G-66A for 92 points in 95 games over three seasons of play.

Cayden Bailey

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Bailey has made a splash between the pipes in his rookie season in the NAHL. The Estero, FL native stands 5’11”-180 pounds but plays much bigger. Bailey currently leads the league in goals against average with a 1.29 GAA, save percentage with a 0.943 SV% and is tied for the league lead in shutouts with eight all while compiling a 14-5-0-1 record for the first place Brahmas. Bailey has allowed only one goal in his last 329:46 minutes of play and registered four shoutouts in his last five starts.

Like Stromp and Walker, Bailey spent last season in the BCHL minding the crease for the Surrey Eagles where he had a 6-19-0-0 record with a 4.02 GAA and a 0.899 SV%.

NAHL Selects Red

Joey Baez

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Baez has been every bit as hot on the offensive side of the puck as Bailey has in net. The 5’9”-175 pound forward from Tampa, FL has 19 points in his last 13 contests on 12G-7A including back to back hattricks. For the season Baez has 27G-19A in 42 games played and leads the league in goals scored. He has also recorded six game winning goals which is tied for the league lead. In three NAHL seasons playing for the Johnstown Tomahawks and Lone Star Brahmas Baez has 43G-37A in 124 games played.

Prior to the NAHL Baez spent two seasons in the Skipjacks Hockey Club organization scoring 36G-39A in 51 games played with the 16U squad.

Baez recently signed a commitment to play NCAA D-I hockey with Army of Atlantic Hockey.

Sam Brennan

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The lone defenseman from the Brahmas who will be competing at the tournament is Sam Brennan who is 6’0”-18 pounds and calls Brighton, MI home. Brennan is in his second full season with the Lone Star Brahmas and has recorded 8G-15A from the blueline in 37 games played. He is currently tied for 16th in the NAHL in defenseman scoring with 23 points and is tied for fifth in goals scored among defensemen. Brennan has recorded six points on the power play. In 81 NAHL games played of two seasons he has 9G-20A and only 42 penalty minutes.

In four seasons with Brighton High School before joining the Brahmas, Brennan played 98 games over four seasons scoring 13G-53A.

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