Kenny Hausinger Odessa Jackalopes
It appears that judging by the first month of the season, the Odessa Jackalopes are ready to make a run in the South Division. They are powered by one of the best 1-2 offensive combinations in the league led by 19-year-old forward Kenny Hausinger. The native of Anchorage, Alaska, was on fire during the month of September as he helped the Jackalopes to a tie for 4th place in the South. Hausinger (5’10/190) is already committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Sacred Heart University, but he didn’t let that stop him from being the NAHL’s leading scorer during the month. In seven games played, Hausinger recorded a league-high 13 points and seven goals. Hausinger has registered at least a point in all seven of his games played to date and his first four games played were all multi-point games, including two, three point games. “Kenny is an old-time hockey guy. He is first to the puck, he competes real hard, he isn’t flashy, but he just finds a way to get the job done. He is a great passer and sees the ice very well. He makes everyone around him better,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.
“I think it was important for us to get off to a decent start and we have done that. We came into camp early to prepare for this season and everyone has bought in to Coach Gatto’s philosophy,” said Hausinger. “Coming off a major injury, I kept the expectations low to start the season, but I was definitely pleased with how the month went. “We have solid goaltending, great depth at defense and some very talented guys at forward. We have bonded well and I am just trying to get better every game and contribute.”
Runner-Up: Brandon Schultz, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Ahlgren, Wenatchee Wild – Austin Beaulieu, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Maurin Bouvet, Kenai River Brown Bears – Trevor Boyd, Austin Bruins – Tyler Cline, Minnesota Wilderness – Jacob Coleman, Keystone Ice Miners – Ronnie Hein, Aberdeen Wings – Josh Lammon, Springfield Jr. Blues – Adam Lovick, Coulee Region Chill – Christian Mohs, Minot Minotauros – Daniel Rzavsky, Topeka RoadRunners.