50 Players, 50 Days: Gagik Malakyan
May 25, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NAHL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NAHL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players in 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 26 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NAHL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NAHL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Gagik Malakyan, Forward, Amarillo Bulls
Amarillo Bulls and NAHL Top Prospects defenseman Gagik Malakyan, 20, had a career-best season in 2019-20 as he completed his two years playing junior hockey in the NAHL.
The 6’3/203 lbs. native of Moscow, Russia, posted a career-high 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists) in 54 games played during the 2019-20 season.
He was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team.
“Gagik was a huge part of our success during his time in Amarillo. He is a big, strong defenseman that is effective in all three zones. He is a very good skater, with a booming shot and is a lock down defender. I am very confident that he will be an excellent addition to an NCAA roster,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.
Malakyan made his NAHL debut during the 2017-18 season with the Bulls. He played the entire 2018-19 season with the Bulls, appearing in 34 games and recording eight points. Overall in 91 career NAHL games, Malakyan recorded 23 points.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Malakyan spent two seasons playing for the Dallas Stars Elite AAA 18U team.