With a new year comes a new attention to flow. By now the hockey season is at least four months old and on the horizon is the best time of the hockey season for flow… the playoffs. With only two months to go in the regular season, players should have some great flow going by now and January’s winners are a testament to that.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced its Gongshow Flow of the Month winners for January 2014, and because the NAHL and Gongshow was in the giving mood, there are multiple winners this month. The winners in the player category are Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender Alex Okicki and Minot Minotauros defenseman Jon Lizotte.
Honorable mention went to NAPHL player Evan Mosey.
Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender Alex Okicki, 20, is in his third full season in the NAHL and he clear understands what it means to have some award-winning flow. For maximum effectiveness, Okicki provided a side shot of his flow, which has developed some nice length to it. In order for the flow to hang out of a goalie mask, netminders like Okicki have to have some extra length added on. For further points, Okicki has mixed in a slicked back look complete with some nice styling product that accentuate his blonde and brown highlights.
In his NAHL career, Okicki is just four games shy of 100 appearances. His current goals against average if 2.58 this season is a career high and he has a career save percentage of 91.8%.
The other winner is Minot Minotauros defenseman Jon Lizotte. The 19-year-old from Grand Forks, ND, has had an all-star type season this year which has resulted in his selection to appear in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in a couple of weeks. Lizotte has 15 points in 43 games played so far this season and leads the Minotauros in plus/minus at a +6 rating.
Lizotte has what hair experts like the call some ‘dirty flow.’ Beginning with his head shot from the beginning of the season, Lizotte’s flow has just grown and grown to the point where it is now a full-fledged ‘salad’ or ‘nest.’ When Lizotte dons the maroon helmet of the Minotauros, his hair comes out from all sides. Combine that with the slightly reddish tint he has and it makes for a can’t-miss opportunity every time he hits the ice. A top of everything, Lizotte has a nice beard going which will make him a fan favorite come playoff time and a contender for flow of the year.
Fans and players alike are encouraged to submit photos of their best ‘hockey hair’ or ‘flow’ via Twitter by the end of every month during the regular season.
To enter the contest for the month of February, submit your best #FlowoftheMonth pictures by February 28th to @NAHLHockey and @GONGSHOWGEAR. Two winners will be selected on March 1st. Winners will receive a Gongshow Gear hat.
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