With the opening faceoff of the 2014/15 NAHL season just 10 weeks away, the Lone Star Brahmas are working to put the last pieces in place on a squad prepared to make a run at the Robertson Cup National Championship. Part of that process will take place this weekend as the Brahmas kickoff their Open Tryout Camp at the NyTex Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, TX on Friday June 27. The camp which is open to the public will run through Sunday 29th concluding with the Camp All-Star Game.
Players who make an impression on Head Coach Dan Wildfong and the Brahmas coaching staff will be invited to attend the Brahmas Main Camp to be held in Detroit, July 24 – 27. There they will compete with the current Brahmas’ 30 man protected list for final roster spots heading into the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN September 17 – 21.
This offseason is a 180 degree departure from last offseason for the Brahmas organization. With the late sale of the franchise and relocation of the former Texas Tornado team to NyTex, the coaches had only one opportunity to evaluate talent before immediately going into their Main Camp and the start of the season. As a result the team struggled out of the gate and several roster moves were made in an attempt to right the ship. Through the first 25 games of the campaign, the Brahmas managed only a .280 winning percentage before slowly starting to turn things around and make themselves a relevant player in the always tough NAHL South Division. Over the final 35 games the winning percentage jumped to .514 percent including a strong run to close out the final two months at .594 percent. With the late season push, Lone Star was able to climb over both Odessa and Corpus Christi in the standings, finishing one spot out of playoff contention.
Veterans who have already confirmed that they will be returning for next season include defensemen Alexey Solovyev and Johan Steen, forwards Sebastian Vidmar and Liam Stirtzinger along with number one goal tender TJ Black. Other veterans on the protected list and eligible to return for the 2014/15 season are defenseman Anthony Mousseau who led the team in defenseman scoring last season, forwards, Michael Crowley, Hogan Davidson, Gordy Helmuth, Jan Hudecek, Stanley Hunter and Alternate Captain Roman Uchyn. Jett Salinas is also eligible to return in goal for the Brahmas.
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