ST. LOUIS, MO – The Big Texan Bulls varsity team captain, league MVP and recipient of the Pride and Purpose trophy, Vincent Petrey was selected to represent Team Texas at the America’s Showcase in St. Louis, MO last weekend. Team Texas is made of the top high school hockey players in the state, who participate against the best players from each state in a tournament showcase. This was Petey’s second season participating in the tournament.
Team Texas went 3 – 0 to start the weekend defeating the District of Columbia, Florida and Arizona. They advanced to the quarter final and lost a tight game to team Illinois by the score of 6 to 3.
Petrey was 4th on the team in scoring and 3rd in Assist. He registered 1 goal and 2 assists in 4 games played. The star player from Amarillo received a lot of attention from junior and college coaches and scouts from around North America, including teams in the North American Hockey League (same league the Amarillo Bulls play in).
“Vinny was like a linebacker, running over his opponents and playing with an edge in his game. He fiercely drove to the front of the net and played a fearless style in the corners”, says Team Texas Assistant Coach, Knute Anderson.
This is the first time a player from the Amarillo Hockey Association has represented Team Texas at the America’s Showcase.
“We are incredibly proud of Vincent’s accomplishments this season. He is a special player who has been committed to our program since he was a Mite. He has proven that our development model and coaching is working. He is an inspiration to all the other athletes in our program, that share the same dreams he does. Vincent has shown that Amarillo Hockey can produce players of elite caliber, able to participate at the national level. I will miss coaching him, but we know Vinny will move on to do great things and we wish him the best of luck in his future”, says Austin Sutter, the Program Director for AHAI, and Head Coach of the Big Texan Bulls Varsity team.
AHAI is dedicated to developing and moving their athletes on to play at the highest levels possible. We strive to offer an elite training and skating program that dedicates enough ice time, competition and coaching to play hockey at the junior and college levels after graduating from our High School program.
Amarillo Travel Hockey Awards Announced
"Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
The Amarillo Hockey Association Travel Program had its best season yet. The Pee Wee Bulls won the Dallas Stars League Regular season championship, The Junior Varsity Big Texan Bulls won their second consecutive State Championship and the Varsity Bulls lost a heart breaker in the State Championship game, finishing their best season in program history.
On Thursday April 12th, the AHAI honored individuals for their commitment and dedication to their team’s success. Here is a list of the award winners for each age division:
Squirt Bulls (10-U)
Most Improved: EASTON ANDERSEN
Most Dedicated: CARTER ALLEN
Pee Wee Bulls (12-U)
Most Improved: ADDISON GAMBRELL
Most Dedicated: WESLEY BETZEN
Junior Varsity Bulls (16-U)
Most Improved: HUDSON FISHER
Most Dedicated: KATY ALLEN
Top Defenseman: TREVOR DOBBINS
Top Forward: MAX FARR
Coaches Award: BLAKE CHAMBERLIN
MVP: CADEN RAMOS
Varsity Bulls (18-U)
Freshman of the Year: SEAN JENSEN
Most Improved: BRITTON BROOKES
Most Dedicated: JAXEN ANDERSEN
Top Defenseman: JAXEN ANDERSEN
Top Forward: VINCENT PETREY
MVP: VINCENT PETREY
Coaches Award: LUKE RANDOL
Team of the Year: JUNIOR VARSITY BULLS
Volunteer of the Year: ERIC ANDERSEN
This was also the second season that the AHAI presented the Ronald G. Mahood – “Pride & Purpose” trophy for outstanding athletic ability, citizenship and academics. Three winners were selected from the following categories: Youth, High School and Junior (Amarillo Bulls). This year’s winners are:
Youth: MARCELLO TORTOREO
High School: VINCENT PETREY (2nd consecutive year)
Amarillo Bulls: MARCUS CHORNEY
“We are so proud of the accomplishments that our teams made this season. Our development model has been a primary focus for our program over the past four seasons. We are now experiencing success on the ice at each level”, says Program Director, Austin Sutter.
“The kids (players) have put in a tremendous effort and have bought in fully to what we are trying to accomplish here in Amarillo. It is incredible to witness them over the past four seasons and to see how far they have come”, Sutter explains.
Congratulations to all the teams and award winners this season. Travel registration for the 2018-19 season will begin at the end of June.
This will be the second season in Amarillo to present The PRIDE AND PURPOSE trophy. The award began in 2001 when the Phoenix Polar Bears junior team and their youth program presented it for the first time to honor their directors late father RONALD G. MAHOOD. Their director, former Bulls Assistant coach, Harry Mahood passed along the trophy to our organization last season to keep his father’s memory alive, and to inspire the players in our program to be outstanding hockey players, outstanding students and outstanding citizens.
Each season the Amarillo Hockey Association and the Amarillo Bulls Jr. A team partner together to recognize one player in each of the following categories:
Youth (Squirt, and Pee Wee)
High School (JV and Varsity)
Junior (The Amarillo Bulls)
Last years recipients were: Gunnar Vick (Youth), Vincent Petrey (High School) and Matt Nehls (Amarillo Bulls). Each player received a free week of hockey camp at the Northwestern Hockey Camp Canada.
This year our committee made of coaches and office staff have nominated the following players. The winners will be announced at the Travel Hockey banquet on Thursday night.
Youth: Gavin Andersen, Marcello Tortoreo
High School: Aidan Wright, Vincent Petrey
Amarillo Bulls: Austin O’Rourke, Marcus Chorney
Congratulations to each nominee for a terrific season on the ice, in the class room and in the community.