Razmuz Waxin-Engback Odessa Jackalopes
It had been a tough season for the Odessa Jackalopes, but thanks to a 6-4 record during the month of March and playing some of their best hockey of the season, the team ended the year on a good note. Forward Razmuz Waxin-Engback, 20, played a big role in the team’s success during the month as the native of Sodertalje, Sweden, led all NAHL scorers with 17 points during the month. That included seven goals and 10 assists for the 5’11/203 lbs. veteran forward. Waxin-Engback registered at least a point in all 10 games during the month of March, ending the season on a 10-game point streak. That included South Division Star of the Week honors back on March 23rd when Waxin-Engback recorded seven points in three games during the week. Waxin-Engback recorded multi-point games in five of the 10 outings and had one game-winning goal. His 54 points and 24 goals both ranked 2nd on the team this season and he led the Jackalopes with three game-winning goals this season. Waxin-Engback, who played in the NAPHL during the 2012-13 season prior to arriving in the NAHL, finished his NAHL career with 74 points in 114 career NAHL regular season games. “Razmuz has been our MVP all year and was very consistent during the month of March. He has worked hard all season long and everything came together during the month. He has one of the best shots I have seen at this level and plays very well at both ends of the ice. I think he has an exciting professional career ahead of him,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.
Waxin-Engback said that his experience playing for Odessa in the NAHL is one he will remember forever. “The NAHL was a great league for me to develop in. I grew a lot as a player. You have to adapt quickly to the speed, physicality and everything that comes along with being on your own. I think the league also has some great coaching and I would not have developed to where I am today without the help of coach Greg Gatto and the staff. I think in March we as team gained a lot of confidence and played to our true potential. I think my month would not have been possible without the great play of my two linemates Kenny Hausinger and Corey Hoffman,” said Waxin-Engback.
Runner-Up: Aaron Miller, Minnesota Wilderness
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Willie Brown, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Jones, Keystone Ice Miners – Dan Kucerovy, Janesville Jets – Adam Lovick, Coulee Region Chill – Wes Michaud, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nikita Milekhin, Minnesota Magicians – Luke Novak, Amarillo Bulls – Brad Pung, Soo Eagles – Brian Rigali, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Rudin, Kenai River Brown Bears – Bjorn Sigurdarson, Aberdeen Wings – Sebastian Vidmar, Lone Star Brahmas – August Von Ungern-Sternberg, Wenatchee Wild – Johnny Walker, Minot Minotauros