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Jake Parker #4 - Coppell Varsity
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Michael Moore #12 - DJHA
Texan Brendan Cain - Tilton Rams, Tilton, New Hampshire
Hockeyfest 14U DSEHC Jordan Porter coils up for a faceoff.
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Grant Gallo (Texas Brahmas Midget) fighting for the puck against San Antonio.
Cameron Bartkoski - Dallas Penguins, Midget Minor AA
Logan Paris - McKinney Lightning Bantam
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Bulls Forward Ferguson Makes NCAA DI Commitment March 6, 2013 By Denis Puska, Amarillo Bulls
rady Ferguson joined a select and elite group this week. The Amarillo Bulls forward become one of the few but growing number of native Texans playing NCAA Division I hockey when he announced his commitment to Robert Morris University, Atlantic Hockey, for the 2014-15 season. “It feels great and a I am honored to represent Texas,” said Ferguson who hails from the Dallas area. “There are not too many of us playing NCAA Division I hockey. All of my friends back home are really excited for me.” Ferguson becomes the 12th member of this year’s Amarillo Bulls team, and 29th overall in two plus years to secure a college commitment. “I had no idea when this day would come,” said Ferguson. “I was drafted by the Bulls and came to play for them, but didn’t think it (the college commitment) would happen so quickly.” Amarillo Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams said Ferguson is part of great group of players coming out of the Lone Star State. “It goes to show that each and every year the State of Texas is becoming much stronger with the number of good hockey players 4 Keep your kids out of hot water – put them on ice!
available,” he said. “To have a player like Brady Ferguson on our team from the State of Texas to go on and play NCAA Division I hockey in 2014, speaks volumes of what his abilities are as a player. He had a number of options but at the end of the day he is very comfortable with his choice and with the Robert Morris coaching staff.” Williams said that Ferguson has done a nice job of progressing into a good hockey player. “Everyone peaks at different times at junior hockey and I think from Christmas on, Brady has become arguably our top forward to play in situations that a 20 year-old would be in,” he explained. “We are very excited for Brady. He is a great hockey player and person. Both he and Robert Morris will benefit greatly from his decision to go there.” Ferguson played on the NAHL 18U Selects team at the 2013 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament last month and finished tied for the team lead in scoring with four points in three games. In 46 games with the Bulls, Ferguson has fired 10 goals, including one game winner and another on the power play, and added 15 assists for 25 points. He is plus 17, has 54 minutes in Xteam. Ferguson said he has the Bulls Coaching Staff to thank for getting him to this point, including to help him grow as a person. “They have helped me with my defensive zone and face-offs,” he said. “I’m also better at getting the puck to the net. I think my smartness of the game and speed has also improved” Ferguson will join current Bulls’ team captain John Rey as well as Alumni and current freshman Greg Gibson on the Colonials when he heads to school. “That will be awesome knowing John there and I’m looking forward to meeting Greg when I go there to see the school,” he said. “It will certainly make my adjustment much easier.” Brady Ferguson joins Clint Carlisle (Army), Geoff Fortman (Canisius College), John Rey (Robert Morris), Garret Peterson (Army), Tyler Deresky (Bentley University), Hampus Gustafsson (Merrimack College), TJ Sarcona (Niagara), Tyler Rostenkowski (Air Force), Kyle Plageman (Army), and Joe Grabowski (Princeton), Ryan Cole (Trinity College), as Amarillo Bulls to announce their NCAA Commitments. ■
Zach Palmer - Dallas Penguins U16 AA, looking to pass the puck up the ice.
The Lone Star Wolves mascot “I. HOWL” gets a warm welcome from the Allen Americans mascot “Biscuit K-9” during their recent win over the Missouri Mavericks.
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Squats Anyone? By Casey Smith
he squat exercise is a topic of much debate. Some say they are good for you, some say they are bad. You can find literally hundreds of articles and case studies that support both sides of the argument. As a squat enthusiast, I am obviously on the supporting side of the squat exercise and you should be too. When done correctly and with proper technique, the benefits of the squat exercise are incredibly vast. So let’s review the benefits of the squat. For starters, most believe that squats are just another leg exercise. Yes they are a leg exercise but, the squat should be considered a total body exercise. Aside from working every muscle in the legs, squats also work every muscle in the core of the body. These muscles include traps, shoulders, all muscles in the back, abs and, believe it or not they also workout the arms. So like I said, the squat should be considered a total body workout. So now that we have seen all the muscles that the squat can work, let’s talk about effects
on performance. Squats have a direct effect on strength and stability. This will help in all sports but especially in sports where there is constant contact like Hockey. Squats also have a direct effect on speed. When the legs are stronger, an athlete pushes off the ground with more force which propels them further with each stride I personally think the squats are an excellent exercise for any kind of training program. Whether that is for sports performance or general fitness, some form of squats should be a main staple every workout program. For more information on squats or any other questions regarding you’re fitness needs please contact any Crull Fitness team member and be sure to check out our website www.crullfitness. com ■
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Congratulations to the Dallas Junior Stars Midget Major A Team! The team took home the trophy for the 2013 Texas Star Winter Classic. Way to go boys!
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Dallas Stars Elite 2013 Tier I U14 State Champions - Coach Jordan French and Barrett Wilson (not pictured)
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Texas Aces Goalie #32 Royce Allred
Some of the Alliance Bulldogs Squirt players taking some time from their tournament in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to play some outdoor hockey. Pictured are: Bryson Andregg, Adam Markovich, Joey Sinel-Barr, Brenden Coon and Mac Markovich.
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Cam Donaldson - Dallas Stars Elite, in flight after a shot on net.
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Tornado News and Updates By Corey Hersch
n March, two games between the Texas Tornado and Amarillo Bulls featured two of the top teams in the North American Hockey League. For the second straight year, the Bulls have clinched the best regular-season record in the league while the Tornado are looking defend the fifth Robertson Cup in franchise history. It was an exciting way to end the 2012-2013 regular season, and showcased the talent that hockey in the Dallas/Fort Worth area has to offer. Between the two teams, six players on the ice at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco hailed from the Metroplex. With youth hockey organizations such as the Alliance Youth Hockey Organization, Dallas Junior Hockey Association, and Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club, there are myriad options for local players to get involved from a very young age. “We’ve always had great success recruiting guys from here,” Texas Tornado head coach/general manager Tony Curtale said. “A lot of talented players come out of this area, something we’ve seen more and more recently.” One of those talented players wears an “A” on his chest for the Tornado and earned himself a Divsion-I scholarship with his play this season. Justin Greenberg was a rookie for the Tornado last year when he scored the overtime game-winning goal in last year’s Robertson Cup Final. This year, he jumped out to a quick start with 1 goal and 7 assists in his first four games and never looked back. In 58 games (Greenberg has played in every game this season), the Plano native has scored 25 goals and 31 assists, just under a point-per-game. Greenberg, who earlier this season signed a commitment
Ben Bledsoe - Midget Minor Tornadoes AAA, skating up the ice.
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to play Division-I hockey at Miami University, played for Alliance has a youngster. His teammate and fellow Metroplex native, goaltender Hunter Leisner, didn’t start his junior career with the Tornado, but will finish it back home. Leisner backstopped the Tornado during their Robertson Cup run last season after being acquired from the Aberdeen Wings. It would mark the first time Leisner had played hockey in his own backyard in years, after he had moved away to the Chicago area to get his junior career started. Last year’s Tornado team featured Justin’s older brother, Jordan, and another Plano native, Marc Biggs. Both Greenbergs played for the Alliance while Biggs skated for the Dallas Stars Elite. The Bulls have their fair share of players from the D/FW area, too. Earlier this year, Coppell native Garret Peterson committed to Army, as did Clint Carlisle, who hails from Trophy Club (Incidentally, both players will join Tornado forward CJ Reuschlein at West Point next season). Brady Ferguson, of Lewisville, will attend Robert Morris University. “Juniors has continued to bridge the gap between Midget hockey and NCAA Division-I,” Curtale said. “And there are plently of guys from this area who have used that to their advantage.” Born in 1995, Tyler Gernhofer is one of the youngest players in the league, but the Grapevine native has notched 24 points in 47 games with Amarillo this season. Amarillo has only played in the North American Hockey League since 2010-2011, but the Tornado have been an NAHL franchise since 1999. Since then, several D/FW-area players have played for the Tornado and gone on to success at higher levels of hockey. Adam Flink played two seasons at Western Michigan University. Defensemen and twin brothers Tyler and Trevor Ludwig both played Division-I and have appeared in AHL games. Goaltender Dave McKee was the runner-up for the Hobey Baker Award with Cornell in 2004. The six players on the ice for the Torn ado and Bulls will certainly be looking to follow in their footsteps.■
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DJS @ DSTHL Playoffs
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Brayden Hutchinson - Dallas Penguins, U16 AA.
What parents need to know about concussions (BPT) - Parents of young athletes know that along with the many benefits of participating in sports, there comes a certain amount of injury risk. And while most would agree that the benefits of being active and involved in athletics outweigh those risks, it’s important to make sure your child gets proper treatment if an injury occurs. As more evidence surfaces about long-term health challenges related to concussions, it’s especially crucial that parents bring themselves up to speed on the proper procedures for caring for an athlete who experiences a concussion. The most important thing parents need to know about concussions is that if an athlete exhibits any signs or experiences any symptoms of a concussion, he or she should be immediately removed from play. While this recommendation is nothing new, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is again emphasizing its importance with the release of its updated 2013 sports concussion evidence-based guidelines. “Among the most important recommendations the academy is making is that any athlete suspected of experiencing a concussion should immediately be removed from play,” says Christopher C. Giza, MD, co-author of the AAN guidelines. “We’ve moved away from the concussion grading systems we first established in 1997 and are now recommending concussion and return to play be assessed in each athlete individually. There is no set timeline for safe return to play.” For parents unfamiliar with concussion signs and symptoms, they include: * Headache and sensitivity to light or sound * Changes to balance, coordination and reaction time * Changes in memory, judgment, speech and sleep * Loss of consciousness or a “blackout” (happens in less than 10 percent of cases) Removal from play is just the first step in properly treating a concussion. After a player who is exhibiting concussion signs or having concussion symptoms is removed, it’s equally important that the player be examined by a licensed health care professional trained in diagnosing and managing concussions. “Being seen by a trained professional is extremely important after a concussion,” says Jeffrey S. Kutcher, MD, co-author of the AAN guidelines. “If headaches or other symptoms return with the start of exercise, stop the activity and consult a doctor.” If your athlete is diagnosed with a concussion, it’s extremely important to follow the recommendations of the health care professional, and the athlete should not be permitted to resume any sports-related activities until he or she is cleared by a licensed health care professional to do so. Parents, coaches and officials should all work together to see that the health care professional’s recommendations are followed, ensuring the best possible short- and long-term outcome for the athlete. Parents, coaches and officials should familiarize themselves with concussion protocols before they ever get to the field or court, but the 888-878-8465
AAN also offers a smartphone app should you need to review them. The Concussion Quick Check app can be downloaded free of charge and provides a handy guide to making sure your athlete gets the proper care. In addition to emphasizing proper care for athletes exhibiting concussion symptoms, the new AAN guidelines include the following concussion-related findings:
* Among the sports in the studies evaluated, risk of concussion is greatest in football and rugby, followed by hockey and soccer. The risk of concussion for young women and girls is greatest in soccer and basketball. * An athlete who has a history of one or more concussions is at greater risk for being diagnosed with another concussion.* The first 10 days after a concussion appears to be the period of greatest risk for being diagnosed with another concussion. * There is no clear evidence that one type of football helmet can better protect against concussion over another kind of helmet. Helmets should fit properly and be well maintained. * Licensed health professionals trained in diagnosing and managing concussion should look for ongoing symptoms (especially headache and fogginess), history of concussions, and younger age in the athlete. Each of these factors has been linked to a longer recovery after a concussion. * Risk factors linked to chronic neurobehavioral impairment in professional athletes include prior concussion, longer exposure to the sport and having the ApoE4 gene. * Concussion is a clinical diagnosis. Symptom checklists, the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC), neuropsychological testing (paper-and-pencil and computerized) and the Balance Error Scoring System may be helpful tools in diagnosing and managing concussions but should not be used alone for making a diagnosis. To view the entire AAN concussion report and find more concussion resources, visit www.aan.com/concussion. ■ Keep your kids out of hot water – put them on ice! 17
Eric Freudigman - Alliance 01, LaMere Blue team
Ryan Doucette -Dallas Penguins Midget Minor AA, battling two thirds of the entire opposing team.
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McKinney Lightning 18U goalie Chris Johansen makes a save against the Thunder AAA Courtesy of Jo Steck Photography
Texas Aces #17 Patrick Obney
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Will DuBois - Mansfield Varsity
Calgary Glatz - Allen Allen Americans Midget Major AA
Beau Rehonic - Euless Bantam Capitals
Here is a picture of the Cinco Ranch High School Seniors from Katy, TX and their Coach. From left to right: Connor Sharrah - Center, Luke Hamilton - Defense, Artie Jean - Coach, Robert Fernandes - Center
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Jack Parker - Coppell High School
Austin Perdue - Texas Brahmas Pee Wee, photo by friend Chris Caldwell.
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