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Welcoming the Wildcats: Fresh Faces Pt. III

The Wichita Falls Wildcats are primed for a successful 10th anniversary season in 2013-14, with a promising group of newcomers looking to make their mark in the North American Hockey League. Included in that crop of rookies are defensemen Alfred Johansson and Jack Kelly.

Johansson joins the Wildcats after playing for the Eastern Kodiaks of the Northern States Hockey League in 2012-13. In addition to strong defensive play, he showed his offensive prowess with the Kodiaks, tallying seven goals and a team-high 25 assists from the blue line. His 32 points in 42 games played represented the second-highest point total on the team.

In recognition of his efforts, the Stockholm, Sweden-native was named the NSHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman for 2012-13.

Kelly comes to Wichita Falls following a successful season with the Dallas Ice Jets U18 team in 2012-13. In 32 games played for the Jets, Kelly tallied five goals and 18 assists.

Kelly brings championship experience to the Wildcats, having claimed a national title while playing for the Ice Jets U14 squad, and is excited to play hockey near his hometown of Keller, Texas.