NAHL product Austin Thielges commits to Arkansas

Austin Thielges
Austin Thielges

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that  Austin Thielges has formally signed to play at Arkansas.  A 5’8″ 175 lb defenseman from Frisco, Texas, Thielges last played for the NAHL Lone Star Brahmas.  In 45 games with the Brahmas, Thielges contributed 9 assists and racked up 14 penalty minutes.

Prior to his time with the Brahmas, Thielges completed two seasons with the Dallas Stars 16U program and more season with the 18U team.  In 74 games with the U16 team, Thielges scored 5 goals to go along with 12 assists.  During his time with the 18U roster, he potted 5 goals and added 26 assists.

Said Thielges, “[a]fter seeing the advancements the program has made, and communicating with players I know from the team, I decided it would be a good fit for me to continue my career at Arkansas. ”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

The Division I & III schedules are out.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Locker room plans move forward

LR Pic 1The University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Club is pleased to report its progress on the program’s locker room project.  As longtime fans know, the project is years in the making.  The program’s hope for its own space became a reality on September 4, 2013, when the Jones Center for Families entered into an agreement with the University granting to the program exclusive use of a large unfinished space at the end of the players’ tunnel inside the rink.

Since 2013, the program has worked diligently to raise funds for what is by far the program’s biggest LR Pic 3financial undertaking.  Through the incredible generosity of its substantial fan-base, the team has raised nearly $30,000 on its way to a total goal of $45,000.  To date, that $30,000 has facilitated the purchase of or improvement to demolition, masonry, flooring, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and steel.  (Want to look inside the now completed plans for the ventilation system?  Click here.)

LR Pic 4So what’s left?  As the team moves into what is hopefully its last fundraising phase, the final needed $15,000 will help acquire player seating (check out the player stalls here), finalize entry door reconstruction, and custom paint. We would ask that you consider making a contribution to the last stage of our program’s historic project by following these instructions:

  • ONLINE:  https://onlinegiving.uark.edu/ (instructions: under the top section “Designation”, pick “Other department, program or fund” and enter “UREC Ice Hockey Locker Room” in the dropdown box).
  • MAIL:  If you prefer to mail a check, please make it out to University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey and write “Lockerroom fund” in the memo line.  You can then drop it in the mail to this address — Erin Brown, Univ. of Arkansas, 214 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

LR Pic 6Your donation, no matter how small, matters.  And it matters more than ever as this coming season we begin Division I play in the WCHL–the most competitive conference in the ACHA–while seeking to maintain our success in the SECHC by fielding a second team.

The University of Arkansas was the first ever SEC school to field a Division I team and is the only SEC school fielding two hockey teams.  Your support helps us put a high quality product on the ice while simultaneously allowing us to work toward creating more history.

Faranetta and Arden are the next two to choose Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey program is excited to announce another pair of commitments:  F-Cameron Faranetta and D-Jacob Arden.

Cameron Faranetta
Cameron Faranetta

Cameron Faranetta, a 5’6″ forward from Allen, Texas, joins the Razorbacks after playing last season for the McKinney Lightning.  A decade-long veteran of the sport, Faranetta plans to study Finance/Economics upon enrollment.  Reflecting on his decision to attend the University, Faranetta commented, “the hockey program is very focused on academic performance while at the same time developing National Championship caliber teams.”

Jacob Arden (left)
Jacob Arden (left)

Jacob Arden, a 6’1″ 190 lb defenseman, joins Arkansas from Potomac, Maryland.  Arden, who also plans to study Finance/Economics, played last season for a Winston Churchill Hockey Club that won the 2015 Maryland State Championship.  During the 2014-15 season, Arden contributed 6 goals and 10 assists.  He was recognized as a 2015 Washington Post All-Met First Team Defenseman and a 2015 Montgomery All Gazette First Team Defenseman.  Said Arden, “Arkansas hockey will give me the opportunity to play high level college hockey while receiving a strong education.”  He added, “from what I’ve already experienced, the Coaching Staff holds the players accountable for their performance on the ice and in the classroom.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

The Division I & III schedules are out.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Greer and Friedenberger set to call Arkansas home

The Razorback Hockey program is excited to announce another pair of commitments:  F-Jackson Greer and G-Josh Friedenberger.

Jack Greer
Jack Greer

Jackson “Jack” Greer, a 5’9″ forward from Houston, Texas, played last season for The Woodlands High School varsity team and Team Houston Hitmen midget major.  In 27 games for The Woodlands last season, Greer notched 16 goals to go along with 22 assists.  A member of two Texas Tier II State Championship teams (2008-09 & 2010-11), Greer had this to say about joining the Razorback program:  “[a]fter meeting Coach Gallini along with some of the players, I saw how serious the program was and I just had to be a part of it.”  He also commented, “Arkansas Hockey is growing fast and it shows no sign of slowing down.  I’m excited to be part of its growth.”

Josh Friedenberger
Josh Friedenberger

Josh Friedenberger joins Arkansas from Nolensville, Tennessee, where he played goaltender for Ravenwood High School.  Friedenberger commented, “I chose the University of Arkansas due to the fact the coaching staff intends to develop disciplined players on the ice and develop young men of character, integrity, and a passion for life and the game.”  In his time prior to Arkansas, Friedenberger was recognized in 2007 as MVP of the 38th Annual Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament and backstopped his Tier II 14 & under team to a 2010 National Championship.  In 14 appearances for Ravenwood during the 2013-14 season, Friedenberger notched one shutout and posted a stout 2.09 GAA.  He replicated that success in 11 regular season appearances for Ravenwood during the 2014-15 season, when Friedenberger posted a 1.66 GAA that included two shutouts.  “Coach Gallini is committed to building a program that is not only successful today, but will continue to grow and be successful in years to come.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).  The University of Arkansas was the first SEC school to field a Division I ACHA program and is currently the only SEC school with two hockey teams.

The Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Ashmore, Husband, and Palmer all make plans to attend Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey program is excited to announce a trio of commitments:  D-Anthony Ashmore, F-Patrick Husband, and D-Zachary Palmer.

Anthony Ashmore 4
Anthony Ashmore

Anthony Ashmore, a 6’0″ 205 lb. defenseman from Scottsdale, Arizona, played last season for the AHSHA Premier U18 team.  Appearing in 29 games, Ashmore notched 4 goals to go along with 6 assists.  Selected for recognition last season as an All-State Defenseman, Ashmore had this to say about his decision to attend Arkansas:  “I chose to attend the University of Arkansas to contribute to the continued success of a tremendous hockey program that Coach Gallini and his staff have built.”  Ashmore added, “I was also drawn to the rich academic history of the University and its business school. The hockey program itself has an inherent family culture that is hard to find, and ultimately helped me make my final decision.”

Patrick Husband
Patrick Husband

Patrick Husband comes to Arkansas by way of Gaithersburg, Maryland, where the 5’10” forward played for both the Piedmont Predators and Damascus High School.  In his time with the Predators last season, where Husband served as Captain, he potted 5 goals and added 5 assists in 34 games.  Husband also finished the 14-15 season +12.  When asked why he chose Arkansas, Husband said, “I want to complete at the most competitive level that I can; the Razorback Hockey program offers that and much more.”  Husband also commented, “[a]fter speaking with the coaching staff and following the team the past couple of seasons, I’m excited to be joining such an excellent organization.”

Zach Palmer
Zach Palmer

Zach Palmer played last season for a decorated DJHA Dallas Penguin team that won the Texas Amateur Hockey Association U18 Tier II championship, became the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League champions, and received a bronze medal at the 2015 U18 National Championships.  A native of Frisco, Texas, Palmer played in 58 games where he scored 2 goals and added 10 assists.  Palmer, a 5’10” defenseman, said he chose Arkansas because he “want[s] to contribute to the success of the Arkansas Hockey program.”  He added, “I feel like playing for the Razorbacks was a good choice for my hockey career.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

The Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Christophe Jobin commits to Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that Christophe Jobin has formally signed to play at Arkansas.  A 5’9″ goaltender from Flower Mound, Texas, Jobin played last season for the NAPHL AAA HC Dallas program and, prior to that, completed two seasons with the Texas Tornado 16U program.

During his career, Christophe has amassed several significant accolades for his goaltending including participation on two teams that made it to USA Hockey Nationals.  He won the goaltender skills competition at the 2010 USA Hockey Nationals, was selected to participate at the USA Hockey Summer Festival in 2011, and played in the NAPHL All-Star game when he was just sixteen.

Said Jobin, “I decided on the University of Arkansas because I am impressed by how the program is run by Coach Gallini and his staff.  The amount of success the program has already reached is very impressive.”  He added, “at Arkansas, I feel I can grow as a hockey player and as a young man. The players I’ve met have already made me feel like a member of the team from the get go.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

The Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view them here and here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Division III schedule released

20150124170513_EMP_8931__SM-MThe Razorbacks today announced their 2015-16 schedule for the program’s Division III American Collegiate Hockey Association team. The schedule features 14 weekend games at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Coming off its fifth SECHC Championship and third National Tournament berth, the 2015-16 Division III Razorbacks will have big shoes to fill in this, a challenging 31 game regular season slate. The regular season opens with back-to-back home weekends including a pair of conference games against SEC rival, LSU, on Sept. 25 & 26 at the Jones Center.

The Razorbacks continue their seventh campaign in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference on the road against Vanderbilt in October—a first ever trip for the program. That same month, the Hogs play host to a pair of first-time visitors to the the Jones Center—Kennesaw State and TCU.

Highlights throughout the remainder of the season include a trip to Dallas for a three game showcase weekend hosted by Dallas Baptist University, a first-ever trip to Rock Island, Illinois, for a pair of games against Augustana, and two consecutive home weekends to close out 2015 (Southern Illinois and Kansas).

The second semester kicks off with a three game swing through East Alton, Illinois, to take on Southern Illinois and McKendree University.  The post-season begins with the SEC playoffs in Nashville on Feb. 5, 6, & 7 followed by ACHA Regionals the following weekend.

Single game tickets for the 2015-16 regular season can be purchased at the Jones Center. Please visit arhockey.westernchl.com for further information about the team.

VIEW 2015-16 FULL DIII SEASON SCHEDULE

Jean Cobo becomes the second international player to choose Arkansas

11045317_10205542819026589_3903552184206003945_nThe Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that Jean Cobo has formally signed to play at Arkansas.  A 6’0″ forward from Mexico City, Mexico, Cobo played for the past three seasons in the Western States Hockey League for the Dallas Snipers.  Last season, his last with the Snipers, Cobo set career highs for himself in goals (10), assists (18), points (28), and power play points (7).

An alum of the IIHF gold medal U20 Team Mexico, Cobo also played for the Dallas Ice Jets organization before his time with the Snipers.  Said Cobo, “I chose the Arkansas program because it shows a lot of potential where I can develop my hockey skills and play very competitive hockey.”  He added, “although I had D3 NCAA offers I think Arkansas can offer more to my development through their coaching and the players currently on the team.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

The Division I schedule was recently released.  You can view it here.  You can also read more about Cobo’s commitment to Arkansas here.

All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Inaugural Division I schedule released

20150221203553_EMP_3019__SM-MThe Razorbacks today announced their 2015-16 schedule for the team’s 9th season in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and first at Division I. The schedule features a fan-friendly home slate of 19 weekend games at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Fresh off an SECHC Championship and the most successful National Tournament berth in the Razorback Hockey history, the Razorbacks are already looking ahead to their first Division I schedule–a fierce 37 game regular season slate. The regular season begins with an exciting September lineup that starts with a first ever Sunday matinee matchup against Augustana on Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Jones Center.

The Razorbacks begin their first campaign in the Western Collegiate Hockey League the next weekend on the road against WCHL rival, Oklahoma. The Razorbacks then host two conference rivals at the Jones Center, the University of Colorado on Oct. 2 & 3 and defending National Champion University of Central Oklahoma on Oct. 9 & 10.

Highlights throughout the remainder of the season include a home tilt against Alabama on Oct. 30 & 31 at the Jones Center and rounding out 2015 with a pair of games against Illinois State on Nov. 6 & 7 and Midland on Nov. 13 & 14.

The Razorbacks schedule also includes a lengthy homestand throughout the months of January and February. Dating to Jan. 22, the Razorbacks will play 8 games at the Jones Center leading up to the National Tournament, hosted by Robert Morris-Illinois, where the Razorbacks look for their first ever appearance.

Single game tickets for the 2015-16 regular season can be purchased at the Jones Center. Please visit arhockey.westernchl.com for further information about the team.

VIEW 2015-16 FULL SEASON SCHEDULE

Razorback Hockey looking to fill staff positions for 15-16

20150131163723_EMP_1512__SM-MThe Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey team is now interviewing University of Arkansas students for 2015-16 board positions.  Academic credit may be available.

We are five-time winners of the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference post-season playoff tournament (09-10, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14, 14-15)  and have won the regular season SEC-West conference championship for the past five consecutive seasons (09-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14).  In our short history, we have appeared at Nationals three times (09-10, 13-14, 14-15), made three appearances at the South Regional tournament (09-10, 10-11, 12-13), and are consistently ranked in the top ten in our region during the regular season.

Beginning with the 15-16 season, we will field both a Division I and Division III team.  You can learn more about the team here and can catch up on some of the team’s recent media hits here and here.

If you’re interested in a position with the team, please contact General Manager & Assistant Coach David Valentini (dvalentini@vanguardpkg.com) for more information.