When a player leads the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in points and goals and is named September’s Forward of the Month, he is going to be noticed. Wenatchee Wild forward Jono Davis (La Verne, California) has certainly been noticed and, last week, his early success this season paid off when he committed to the NCAA Division I University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks.
“It feels good,” Davis said of his early-season commitment. “[Wenatchee Wild head coach] Bliss Litter and I talked about getting it out of the way early in the year. I’m pretty happy about it.”
Statistically speaking, the University of Nebraska Omaha is getting one of the best offensive players in the NAHL in Davis. He leads the league in goals (11), points (19), game-winning goals (4) and short-handed goals (3). Davis is also tied for the most power-play goals (4) in the league. He performed very well at the NAHL Showcase in September, an event at which University of Nebraska-Omaha coaches were in attendance.
The Davis-led Wild are 9-1-1 and have racked up the most points in the league (20). While he has certainly been the Wild’s top offensive performer so far this season, Davis is quick to share his accolades with his teammates and coaches.
“I’m not gonna take credit for all the accomplishments myself,” Davis said. “My teammates have done everything for me. Everyone has a role on this team. The coaching staff is great. Wenatchee is just a great spot for me, and I’m having success through everyone.”
The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks are under the direction of Dean Blais, who is entering his fourth season. The Mavericks, who compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), have enjoyed two 20-win seasons under Blais and qualified for the NCAA playoffs in 2011 for just the second time in school history.