Willmar WarHawks Welcome Connor White as Assistant Coach

The Willmar WarHawks, a proud member of the NA3HL, welcome Connor White as new Assistant Coach. Connor comes from upstate NY and joins the WarHawks with a wide range of experience behind the bench including levels at High School, NCAA Div. 3, ECHL, and North American Hockey League (NAHL). Last Season, Connor spent the year with the NAHL’s Chippewa Steel in Chippewa Falls, WI. Previous to that Connor coached and recruited for the SUNYAC’s Morrisville State College Men’s Hockey team from 2016-2019. Connor also served as the Adirondack Thunder’s Video Coach and Hockey Operations Assistant in the 2015-2016 season. Leading up to his time with the Thunder, from 2012-2015 Connor began his coaching career at the high school level with the Tri-Falls Rivermen based of out Glens Falls, NY.

Connor is excited to join the WarHawks alongside 2nd year Head Coach Kirk Olimb and looks to help build a strong, successful, and competitive team.

WarHawks Draft Picks

Here is a recap from the NA3HL Draft on April 23, 2020.

– Jack Nei (F) – 1st round – 7th overall – Cretin-Derham Hall HS, MN – Jack is a crafty, skilled forward who can make plays but also has a knack for scoring goals. He had a huge senior season for CDH, putting up 21 goals and 44 points his senior year and added 6 points in 2 games in the section playoffs.

 

– Jake McClenahan (F) – 1st round – 12th overall – Minnehaha Academy/North St. Paul HS, MN – Jake brings a ton of physicality with a big frame (6’2″ 223 lbs) to go along with a lot of offensive ability. He had a great senior year for Minnehaha Academy/North St. Paul, tallying 30 points in 25 games.

 

– Landon Frost (F) – 2nd round – 43rd overall – Marshall HS, MN – A three-year varsity player for Marshall HS, Landon was a captain his senior year after posting 28 points in 24 games his junior season. Unfortunately, injuries hampered his senior season, but he is fully recovered and ready for a huge bounce-back year.

 

– Dominik Caspers (G) – 3rd round – 93rd overall – Marshall HS, MN – Another great Marshall HS player, goaltender Dominik Caspers is extremely athletic and posted a staggering 1.77 GAA and .930 save percentage his senior year at Marshall to go along with an impressive .911 save percentage in the extremely competitive MN High School Elite League.

 

– Jack Willis (F) – 4th round – 106th overall – Chanhassen HS, MN – Jack was the leading scorer of his Chanhassen HS team this past season in his senior year and possesses quick hands and great vision. He is a point-per-game guy who can distribute the puck as well as score goals, putting up double-digit points in back to back years at Chanhassen to go along with 14 points in 16 games in the MN High Performance League.

 

– Liam Massie (F) – 4th round – 123rd overall – Ontario Avalanche – Liam is a California kid with a big body (6’2″ 187 lbs) and a ton of junior experience who can also light the lamp. He’s spent the last two seasons in the WSHL playing for the Ontario Avalanche where he put up 31 points in ’18-’19 and 43 points in ’19-’20.

 

Brandon Holt commits to NCAA Division 3 Northland College

The Willmar Warhawks would like to congratulate Brandon Holt, ’99 from Madison Heights, MI, for committing to Northland College to further his education and hockey career.

Holt, who played here for the past 3 seasons, including the last two as team captain, put up nearly a point a game during his NA3HL career.  In 127 games, he scored 47 goals and added 76 assists, amassing 121 points to go along with his modest 24 penalty minutes.  That’s a great accomplishment in the West Division of the NA3HL, playing in Willmar against the best competition each week.

Brandon is known around Willmar as someone who is as good a person off the ice as he is an athlete on it.  He garnered a lot of respect the past 3 seasons in Willmar.  Holt is grateful for his time with the Warhawks “I want to say thank you to the Willmar Warhawks organization and Willmar Community for all their support over the last three seasons!”

Northland College plays NCAA Division 3 Hockey out of the WIAC in Wisconsin. It is one of the toughest divisions in all of NCAA-3 men’s hockey.  “I think Holt will do well at Northland,” Head Coach Kirk Olimb said.  “He should be able to play right away. They are an up-and-coming program.”

That competition should be no stranger to Holt, after grinding through his time in the Minnesota winters, battling with Granite City, North Iowa, New Ulm and Alexandria on a regular basis. “Brandon Holt spent his time building his game the right way,” Associate Head Coach Mike Bowman added. “He is fundamentally sound, can play in any situation, and that will translate into opportunities at the next level.  He just has  to adjust to the speed of the game and size/maturity of the players, and he’ll continue to do well.”

We are looking for big things out of Holt, and wish him the best of luck with his academic and athletic endeavors at Northland College!

Hoffman commits to University of Jamestown

Congratulations to Warhawks Right Winger Josh Hoffman (Pittsburgh, PA), who has committed to further his education and play ACHA Divison I Hockey next year at the University of Jamestown, in Jamestown, ND.

 

 

 

Hoffman, in his 3rd season of junior hockey, split time between Rochester and Willmar.  He has scored 9 goals along with 10 assists, for a 19-point total in just 30 games.

Come on out one final weekend to see Josh and the boys in action, Friday and Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center. Puck drops at 7:30 pm!