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Welcoming the Wildcats: Fresh Faces Pt. VI

The Wichita Falls Wildcats are primed for an exciting 10th anniversary season in 2013-14, with a talented group of new players ready to make an immediate impact, including forward Evan Okeley and defenseman Josh Owings.

Okeley joins Wichita Falls after spending the last two seasons in the Indiana Junior Ice organization, where he was teammates with fellow-Wildcat Chase Munroe. In 55 total games last season, Okeley totaled 67 points on 35 goals and 32 assists, helping the Ice claim the North American Prospects Hockey League title.

In addition to success on the ice, Okeley has exceled on the lacrosse field as well, winning state champions in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Carmel, Ind.-native lists the Chicago Blackhawks as his favorite team.

Owings comes to the Wildcats after playing for Little Caesar’s (Detroit, Mich.) of the High Performance Hockey League. In 23 games in 2012-13, he tallied two goals and three assists while racking up 65 penalty minutes.

Originally from Saline, Mich., Owings was recently selected by the Lincoln Stars in the 11th round of the United States Hockey League draft. He hopes to become a teacher following the completion of his hockey career.