With a roster that includes 17 new players, the 2014-15 season will feature plenty of opportunities for talented newcomers like forwards Austin Albrecht and Tommy Apap to make an impact for the Wildcats.
Albrecht, a ’96 birth year, spent last season with the New Jersey Rockets of the Eastern Hockey League, posting 28 points on 18 goals and 10 assists. Prior to that, the winger played for the New Jersey Renegades of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, where he was coached by current-Wildcats assistant coach Chris Ceransky.
The Flemington, N.J.-native, who signed a tender with Wichita Falls, has already gotten a taste of the North American Hockey League after skating for the Wildcats as an affiliate player against the Corpus Christi IceRays on Dec. 13 and 14.
A strong, playmaking center with good on-ice vision, Apap was a three-year varsity player for the University of Detroit Jesuit High School prior to coming to Wichita Falls.
Last season, he posted a line of 14-49-63 in 29 games played as a senior, making him the fifth-highest scorer in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League. For his efforts, the Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-native was named First Team All-MIHL.
A fifth-round selection in this year’s NAHL Entry Draft, Apap was a two-time First Team All-State honoree at Detroit Jesuit. As a senior, he also received the Richard Hall Award, given annually to Detroit Jesuit’s top athlete.
The Wildcats will drop the puck on the 2014-15 campaign when they host the Odessa Jackalopes on Sept. 13 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum. All tickets for that contest are free, and can be obtained by visiting the Wildcats offices.
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