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Cal Owens ready to call Arkansas home

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce D-Cal Owens as the next 2017-2018 Arkansas commit.   The 6’1” 195 lbs. left-shooting defenseman recently completed his junior league career playing for the Long Beach Bombers in the Western States Hockey League.

Owens is a versatile player with experience and skill playing as both a forward and a defenseman across his junior career.  Owens joins the Razorbacks after playing part of the season as a forward for the Bombers.  In his first season in Long Beach, 2015-16, the best season in Bombers’ history, Owens contributed 25 total points (14 goals and 11 assists) in 47 games.  This past season, Owens scored 6 goals and accumulated 17 assists in 27 games.

Owens was the first Bombers captain to wear the “C” in back-to-back seasons.  Said Head Coach Chris White, “Cal was a two-year captain for our squad. He arrived as a gritty, in-your-face type of player, that was a natural emotional leader. This past season, he really made a big step in terms of his maturity and leadership. When we experienced some injuries to the defensive core, he willingly stepped up to help the club. In doing so, we found some real value in his ability to play physical in our defensive zone, and quickly put pucks on the tape to transition our offense. He has a level of comfort and patience with the puck that is rarely seen among young defensemen.  Cal also possesses a hard shot that led to double-digit goals from the blue line.  He is going to give the staff, his teammates, and the University of Arkansas hockey fans his complete effort, every time the Razorbacks hit the ice. We are very proud of Captain Cal, and looking forward to tracking his progress in Fayetteville.”

Before his time with the Bombers, the Calgary, Alberta native played his rookie season for the Castlegar Rebels of the KIJHL. He earned Rookie of the Year Honors and scored 15 goals and added 12 assists in 45 games.

Owens says that he started playing hockey as early as possible.  Owens is the oldest of three boys, all of whom followed in his footsteps.  His love for hockey took him to the Edge School for Athletes, a preparatory school in Calgary where he played hockey and learned how to be successful as a student athlete.

Cal thanks his past coaches for his achievements, saying, “I believe most credit is due to my coaches Chris White, Jordan Yindiphol, and Brennan Fobel with the Long Beach Bombers. They really helped me develop as a boy into a man off the ice which translated into me being a good leader on the ice as well. They had a lot of faith in me and we won a lot of hockey games together.”

Regarding his commitment to the University of Arkansas, Owens said, “I fell in love with Arkansas the day I arrived on campus for my tour. Everyone I met during my stay was warm and welcoming, and the campus was beautiful. Not only does Arkansas provide a wide variety of excellent academic programs to further my education, but Coach Gallini and his fellow staff did an excellent job selling me on the rising Razorback Hockey program. I believe that with the recruiting class Coach Gallini has brought in, we have the assets necessary to bring a championship to Fayetteville. I am excited to join my former Bomber teammates, Konnor, Max and Sine, in August to further our educations and hockey careers.”

Owens becomes the twelfth in the 2017-18 recruiting class that features players from seven different states and two countries.  Owens joins the following players:

F-Sine Chadi (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL)
F-Sam Weidenbaum (Decatur Blaze, USPHL)
F-Triston Wilson (Euless Stars, NA3HL)
F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL)
D-Corey Rees (Long Beach Sharks, NA3HL)
D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA)
D-Kenatae Medure (Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL)
G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL)
G-Brock Thompson (Connecticut Nighthawks, EHL)
G-Rio Virgoe (Jersey Shore Wildcats, NA3HL)

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

 

 

Sam Weidenbaum on his way to Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that F-Sam Weidenbaum has committed to the University of Arkansas.  The 6’2” 200 lbs right-shooting forward comes to Arkansas after completing his junior hockey career.

Weidenbaum finished his 2016-17 campaign by helping the Decatur Blaze in the USPHL earn a National Tournament bid as one of two Midwest Division representatives.  In 7 regular season games with the Blaze, Weidenbaum recorded 9 total points (5 goals and 4 assists).  During Decatur’s playoff run, Weidenbaum chipped in 2 goals and 2 assists across 9 games.  Before his time with the Blaze, he played for the Dells Ducks in the USPHL Elite and the Long Beach Sharks in the NA3HL.

Weidenbaum spent his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons with the Marquette Royals in the MnJHL and then the USPHL Midwest.  In 78 games with the Royals, he contributed 18 points (9 goals and 9 assists).

Weidenbaum, a native of Phoenix, AZ, started skating at 8 years old with some friends from school.  Says Weidenbaum, “once I realized that hockey was a great way to get out of the Arizona heat I was hooked.”  He describes playing hockey as “the best feeling in the world” whether he’s skating “on a pond, in a big game, or even practice.”

When the USPHL announced Weidenbaum’s commitment to Arkansas (read here), Decatur Blaze Coach/GM Zac Pearson said, “Sam came to us late in the season and really made an impact with our team.  He’s one heck of a hockey player and Arkansas will see that immediately.”

Said Weidenbaum, “Attending a top school like the University of Arkansas is a great opportunity for me.  Coach Gallini made my decision to commit to the University very easy.  After talking with him about the program, over the last few months, it is hard not to get excited about the opportunity I have been given to play here.  I can’t wait to get on the ice next season wearing cardinal and white.”

“The size keeps rolling into Fayetteville and we could not be more excited,” said Brian Gallini, Head Coach of the Division I team.  “We predict that Sam will contribute to the aggressive style we expect from this season’s roster.”

Weidenbaum becomes the eleventh in the 2017-18 recruiting class that features players from seven different states and two countries.  Weidenbaum joins the following players:

F-Sine Chadi (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL)
F-Triston Wilson (Euless Stars, NA3HL)
F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL)
D-Corey Rees (Long Beach Sharks, NA3HL)
D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA)
D-Kenatae Medure (Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL)
G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL)
G-Brock Thompson (Connecticut Nighthawks, EHL)
G-Rio Virgoe (Jersey Shore Wildcats, NA3HL)

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

 

Razorbacks find more size–add Brock Thompson

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce G-Brock Thompson as the next 2017-18 Arkansas commit.  The 6’2” 190 lbs. left-catching goalie recently completed his junior league career playing for the Connecticut Nighthawks in the Eastern Hockey League.

With the Nighthawks, Thompson recorded a 2.62 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in 15 games. Earlier in the 2016-17 season, Thompson played for the Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers (WSHL) and the Coulee Region Chill (NAHL).

Thompson played for the Philadelphia Little Flyers of the EHL during the 2015-16 season where he earned a 2.04 GAA and a .927 save percentage.  He would later receive the EHL Premier Division Goalie of the Month after posting a 5-0 record and 1.77 GAA in January 2016.  He also helped the Little Flyers win the EHL Regular Season Championship that same season.  Drafted by the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL in 2014, Thompson won the Tier I 18U Texas State Championship in 2015 before entering the junior ranks.

Born in Oklahoma City, hockey was a big part of Thompson’s childhood.  He explains, “As soon as the Oklahoma City Blazers came to town in 1992, we bought season tickets. I went to Blazers’ games ever since I was born. I started playing hockey when I was four. When I was six, my teammates took turns strapping up the pads and playing goalie. Once it was my turn to play goalie, I never took the pads off and I’ve been a goalie ever since. I think I liked the idea of wearing the cool pads and being able to stay out on the ice for the entire game.”

Regarding his decision to come to Arkansas, Thompson said, “Arkansas offers me the chance to earn my degree from one of the top schools in the nation and play the sport that I love at a very high level.  Being close to home for the first time in three years is a great feeling. Growing up in Oklahoma, I always had to travel across the country to play hockey games. Knowing that my family and friends will be able to drive a few hours to see me play made my decision much easier.”

“It’s hard not to be excited by the academic and athletic makeup of this year’s still growing recruiting class,” said Brian Gallini, Head Coach of the Division I team.  “Apart from the obvious—the addition of more size—Brock’s athletic goaltending style will make it challenging for opposing shooters.  He cuts down the angle well and his recoverability makes rebound opportunities scarce.  Brock is also a dedicated student who is serious about taking advantage of all that our University has to offer.”

Thompson becomes the ninth in the 2017-18 recruiting class that features players from six different states, two countries, and three junior leagues.  Thompson joins the following players:

F-Sine Chadi (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL)
F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL)
D-Corey Rees (Long Beach Sharks, NA3HL)
D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA).
D-Kenatae Medure (Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL)
G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL);
G-Rio Virgoe (Jersey Shore Wildcats, NA3HL)

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Hogs add more size in Sine Chadi

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce F-Sine Chadi as the next 2017-2018 Arkansas commit.   The 6’3” 215 lbs. left-shooting forward recently completed his junior league career playing for the Long Beach Bombers in the Western States Hockey League.

Chadi played 11 games with the Bombers and contributed 3 goals.  Bombers Head Coach Chris White said, “Sine was a late-addition to our club last season. We picked him up at the deadline to add some size and grit to our talented forward group as we approached playoffs. He plays a physical game, and it often appears that defensemen can uncomfortably sense him bearing down on them on the forecheck.  He possesses a heavy shot, and was used as a net-front presence on the power play. Most importantly, Sine is a dedicated, hard-working young man who exudes a certain level of maturity and professionalism.  We are thrilled he has chosen University of Arkansas to continue his hockey career and academic studies.”

Before his time with the Bombers, the Edmonton, Alberta, native played for the Calgary Mustangs in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.  In 33 games with the Mustangs, Chadi recorded 9 goals and 2 assists, with 66 penalty minutes.

Chadi spent his 2015-16 campaign with the North Edmonton Redwings in the Capital Junior Hockey League in Alberta.  There, he played 32 games, recorded 11 goals, 19 assists, and 43 penalty minutes.   During his 2014-15 season, Chadi played for the Blind River Beavers (NOJHL), Fort Murray Oil Barons (AJHL), and Dauphin Kings (MJHL).

Chadi explains that hockey is “huge” in his family and “everything is associated with hockey somehow.”  Chadi started skating at 4 years old—as soon as he was able to skate.  Soon, his younger siblings all took up the sport as well.

Regarding his commitment to the University of Arkansas, Chadi said, “I wanted to be a part of the Razorback community because of the atmosphere around the athletes and the truly one of a kind program. I am very excited to advance my hockey career here and also get top-notch education.”

Chadi becomes the eighth in the 2017-18 recruiting class that features players from five different states and two countries.  Chadi joins the following players:

F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL)
D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA).
D-Kenatae Medure (Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL)
D-Corey Rees (Long Beach Sharks, NA3HL)
G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL);
G-Rio Virgoe (Jersey Shore Wildcats, NA3HL)

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

 

 

Corey Rees commits to the Hogs

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce D-Corey Rees as the next 2017-18 Arkansas commit.  At 6’1” 200 lbs., the right-shooting defenseman brings size and a deep junior background to the program.

Rees recently completed his junior league career playing for the Long Beach Sharks in the NA3HL where he served as the team’s Assistant Captain.  Playing for the Sharks, Rees dressed in 43 games, contributed 10 points, and accrued a +11 plus-minus rating.  During the Sharks’ 2017 Silver Cup playoff run, Rees dressed in all 8 games where he chipped in a goal, two assists, and finished +2.

Said Long Beach Head Coach, Mike Stanaway, “I am thrilled for Corey.  For two years he served as an example to other players on how to compete.  He constantly did things the right way both in practices and games.  I am looking forward to watching him become an impact player for Arkansas as well.”

Before his time with the Sharks, Rees spent the 2015-16 season with the New York Jr. Aviators in the NA3EHL.  For his 2014-15 campaign, Rees played with the Atlanta Jr. Knights in the USPHL Elite.  In total, Rees would play in 122 games across his junior career.

Rees grew up in a military family and was gradually introduced to hockey as they moved around the world.  Rees was born in Denver, Colorado, just as the Colorado Avalanche moved to town.  His family bought season tickets and witnessed the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 1996.  Rees was four when they moved to Okinawa, Japan, where Rees’s father began coaching a roller hockey team.  Rees joined his father’s team.  At age eight, Rees’s family moved to Arizona where he took up ice hockey.  Rees says he “fell in love with the game.”

About committing to Arkansas Rees commented, “When I heard the University of Arkansas was interested in me, I did some research on the history of the school and enjoyed learning about it.  From the coaching staff to the players, everyone who contacted me during the recruiting process showed high interest in getting me to the school so I knew right away it would be a good fit for me.”

Rees becomes the seventh in the 2017-18 recruiting class that features players from five different states.  Rees joins the following players:

F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL)
D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA).
D-Kenatae Medure (Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL)
G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL);
G-Rio Virgoe (Jersey Shore Wildcats, NA3HL)

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Rio Virgoe the next to commit to Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that G-Rio Virgoe has committed to play at the University of Arkansas.  The 6’4” 205 lbs. left-catching goalie comes to Arkansas after a strong season with the Jersey Shore Wildcats in the NA3HL.

During 2016-2017, Virgoe played 25 games for the Jersey Short Wildcats, collecting 15 wins and amassing a .915% save percentage alongside a 2.91 GAA.

At the end of his regular season in April 2017, the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL called upon Virgoe to join them for their playoff series against the Lone Star Brahmas.  Said Jersey Shore Head Coach, Corey Leivermann, “Rio was outstanding for us this past season.  He was a leader on and off the ice and I am excited to follow Rio’s career at Arkansas.  He will make an immediate impact.”

Before playing for the Wildcats, Virgo split his 2015-2016 campaign between the London Lakers and the Grey Highlands Bravehearts, both in the GMHL.  Virgoe spent his first year in juniors with the Rochester Hawks of the MNJHL.  In that first campaign, Virgoe posted a 0.88 GAA and 0.945 save percentage.  In high school, Virgoe helped his HC Dallas U18 team reach the USA Hockey Nationals.

Hockey was a big part of Virgoe’s childhood in Allen, TX, as he started skating at just five years old.  Virgoe explains that his father grew up playing hockey in Canada and introduced him to the sport.  As a kid, he played every position on the ice but eventually settled on goalie because he “enjoyed getting hit with pucks.”  Today, he says, he loves the “bond you form with your teammates and the fun, competitive environment.”

Regarding his choice to come to the University of Arkansas, Virgoe said, “It’s a great honor to continue my hockey career at the University of Arkansas while getting my business degree. After touring the campus and meeting the faculty, it was obvious Arkansas was the perfect choice for me.”

Virgoe becomes the sixth in the 2017-18 recruiting class that features players from four different states.  Virgoe joins D-Kenatae Medure (Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL); D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL); G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL); F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL), and D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA).

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Kyle Dudley selects Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce the next 2017-2018 commit, D-Kyle Dudley of Allen, Texas.  Dudley comes to the University of Arkansas after two seasons with the Euless Jr. Stars in the NA3HL.  A two-time selection to the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, Dudley contributed 26 points in his 68 games with the Jr. Stars.

Euless Jr. Stars Head Coach Don Babineau said, “I’m happy to see Kyle fulfill his goal by playing college hockey.  He has worked very hard the past two seasons as one of our top defenseman. Kyle leads by example on and off the ice.  He is a complete team player and competes very hard in a practices and games.  He should make an impact on the defensive core.  Our organization wishes Kyle the best of luck this upcoming season.”

Before playing for Coach Babineau in the NA3HL, Dudley played youth hockey with the Allen Americans.  In 15 games with the Americans, Dudley posted 2 goals, 13 assists, and 16 penalty minutes.  While there, Dudley served as the team captain and impressed the Allen coaching staff who characterized him as a “smart, tough offensive defenseman.”

As a kid, Dudley learned to skate on roller blades and loved watching his dad play roller hockey.  Dudley started playing in an outdoor roller hockey league at seven years old, but switched to ice hockey by age 8.

Said Dudley, “I have many friends that attend the University of Arkansas, and they have all told me how amazing the school is. When I went up there to visit the school I had an unbelievable experience. I was able to meet with the coaches and staff and was impressed with the program they have established.”

Dudley becomes the fourth in a growing recruiting class that already features players from three different states.  Dudley joins G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL); F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL), and D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA).

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Shaun Foster finds new home in Fayetteville

Razorback Hockey is pleased to announce the next addition to the program, D-Shaun Foster from Grapevine, Texas.  Foster is transferring to the University of Arkansas after playing at the NCAA DIII level for State University of New York-Canton (SUNY-Canton).

Before beginning his collegiate career at SUNY-Canton, the 6’1” 190 lb. defenseman played for the Texas Brahmas in the WSHL. While there, he contributed 12 goals in 33 games played.  Prior to playing with the Brahmas, Foster spent one season with the Rochester Ice Hawks in the MNJHL.

Foster first became interested in hockey when the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999.  Then 8 years old, Foster and his brother tried roller hockey for a bit and then started taking ice skating lessons.  Soon thereafter, Foster joined a youth team in his hometown and continued to play locally throughout high school.

Foster says he is very excited to join the team this fall and pursue his education here at the University of Arkansas.   Foster describes the move to Arkansas as the “opportunity [he has] been waiting for: to obtain a great education while playing for a team that has great values and principles.”

“Shaun adds both size and physicality to our blueline,” said Brian Gallini, Head Coach of the Division I team.  “Shaun’s edgy game will make it hard on opposing forwards.  We expect him to make an immediate impact.”

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Paiute Morrison set to join Razorbacks

The Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that F/D-Paiute Morrison (6’0, 170 lb.) has committed to the University of Arkansas.  The left-shooting versatile defenseman/forward is skilled on both ends of the ice.  The Ashland, OR, native joins the Razorbacks after two years playing junior hockey with the Southern Oregon Spartans in the Western States Hockey League as a forward.

In 2011, Morrison moved to Colorado to attend college prep school and play hockey for Fountain Valley School of Colorado.  Morrison excelled academically, served as the captain of the team from 2013-2015, and played as a starting, varsity defenseman.   During his time at FVS, Morrison recorded 27 points in 38 games.

When Morrison signed with the Spartans, his FVS coach Mike Payne said, “Paiute’s work ethic, composure and ability to create his own space with the puck should allow him to make an immediate impact in this league.”

Morrison signed with the Spartans in 2015.  During his first season (2015-2016), Morrison was named the “Rookie of the Year” after contributing 23 points in 51 games.  Playing for the Spartans, Morrison contributed 41 points (13 goals & 28 assists) in 97 games.

Morrison cites his Spartans Coach, Dave Cole, as a big part of his decision to play for the Razorbacks, saying, “The first time I was introduced to the University of Arkansas, my current coach Dave Cole was so enthusiastic about my interest that he started making phone calls and arranging meetings for me to talk to Coach Gallini.”

Morrison is committed to academic excellence while pursuing his true passion: ice hockey.  His love for hockey developed when Morrison was only eight years old and attended the local rink’s summer camp.

Said Morrison, “I’ve always held my academics in high standard while playing hockey. It’s important for me to feel good about my grades and how they might play into my future. When pressed with the decision of choosing a college, Arkansas offered me the best option to continue to play the sport I love, alongside attaining a higher level of academic success.”  The Razorback Hockey program is excited to welcome Paiute Morrison to the program.

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Max Barr headed to Fayetteville

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce G-Max Barr as the first 2017-2018 Arkansas commit.   At 6’4” 205 lbs., the right-catching goalie from Wilmington, MA, adds both size and experience to the roster.

Barr recently completed his junior career playing for the Long Beach Bombers in the Western States Hockey League.  Playing for the Bombers, Barr recorded a 2.31 Goals Against Average and .908 Save Percentage en route to a 16-1 overall record.

In an interview before joining the Bombers, Barr described his strengths as a hockey player: “One of my greatest strengths is my mental game, and the way I can overcome adversity.  I’m a very calm goalie, and rarely get rattled in games.”

Before his time with the Bombers, Barr accrued substantial junior experience in a career that took him across the country (and Canada).  At fifteen, Barr played for the Salem Ice Dogs in the Empire Junior Hockey League.  Thereafter, he spent seasons with the Boston Junior Bruins, Phillips Exeter Academy, the Connecticut Yankees of the USPHL, and the Richmond Generals of the USPHL-Elite.

During the 2015-2016 season, Barr spent half a season with the Blind River Beavers in the NOJHL before joining the Chicago Cougars of the USPHL Midwest and then finishing his season with the West Michigan Wolves in the NA3HL.  Across the totality of his junior career, Barr has started more than 100 games.

Hockey was a big part of Barr’s childhood, as he started skating at just four years old.  A couple years later, he starting playing hockey and began playing in goal by age seven.  Barr credits his cousin, who was also a goalie, as a source for his motivation.  He describes hockey as big part of his family’s traditions.

Said Barr, “I was considering other ACHA programs, as well as NCAA DIII schools, but after I visited the school, met the players and coaches, and learned about Coach Gallini’s plans for the program, I immediately knew it was the right place for me.  I never thought, coming from New England, that I would be attending an SEC school.”

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.