Lone Star Brahmas
The sport of hockey is known for its unpredictability, with no game ever being truly decided until the final buzzer sounds. This is especially true in minor hockey, where young players are constantly honing their skills and pushing their limits. But amidst the sea of games, there are always a few that stand out as historic upsets and wins. These moments etch themselves into the memories of fans and players alike, serving as a reminder of the magic and excitement that can only be found in the world of hockey.
The Lone Star Brahmas, a junior ice hockey team based in North Richland Hills, Texas, have had their fair share of historic moments since their formation in 2013. From jaw-dropping upsets to thrilling championship wins, the Brahmas have continuously made their mark in the world of hockey. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and celebrate some of the most memorable moments in Lone Star Brahmas history.
Hot Start in Inaugural Season
In their first season as a team, the Brahmas made an immediate impact in the North American Hockey League (HL), quickly becoming the team to beat. Led by head coach Dan Wildfong, the Brahmas made an impressive 11-game win streak out of the gate, setting a record for the best start by an HL expansion team. This hot start not only established the Brahmas as a formidable opponent, but also put them on the map as a force to be reckoned with in the league.
First Playoff Appearance and Upset Against Wichita Falls
In the 2014-2015 season, the Brahmas made their first playoff appearance in the HL. After finishing second place in the South Division, the team faced off against the top-seeded Wichita Falls Wildcats in the first round. Many expected the Brahmas to put up a good fight, but ultimately fall to the more experienced Wildcats. However, the Brahmas had a different plan in mind. In a thrilling three-game series, the Brahmas shocked the hockey world by defeating the Wildcats and advancing to the next round. This upset was not only a testament to the hard work and determination of the Brahmas, but also marked a turning point in the team’s history.
Leading the League in Attendance
Hockey is not just about what happens on the ice, but also the passion and support of the fans in the stands. And when it comes to attendance, the Brahmas have consistently been a top contender in the HL. In their first season, the Brahmas led the league in average attendance, with over 2,800 fans attending each game. This trend continued in the following seasons, with the team once again leading the league in attendance in the 2019-2020 season.
Back-to-Back Robertson Cup Championships
As the Brahmas continued to prove themselves as a powerhouse in the HL, their ultimate goal was to win the coveted Robertson Cup, awarded to the league champions each year. And the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons saw the Brahmas do just that, becoming back-to-back Robertson Cup champions. Led by head coach and general manager Dan Wildfong, the Brahmas dominated the playoffs, winning a total of 11 out of 13 games in their championship runs. These wins not only solidified the Brahmas as one of the best teams in the league, but also cemented their place in the history books.
Valuing Community and Philanthropy
Off the ice, the Brahmas have also made a name for themselves through their commitment to the community and philanthropy. From participating in charity events to visiting local hospitals and schools, the team has continuously shown their dedication to giving back to the community that supports them. The Brahmas also have a strong partnership with the Special Olympics of Texas, hosting an annual game where they team up with Special Olympians to play against local law enforcement. This commitment to making a difference off the ice has not only brought the community together, but has also highlighted the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and kindness that are at the heart of hockey.
As the Lone Star Brahmas continue to make history and leave their mark in the world of hockey, it’s clear that their journey is far from over. With a strong foundation of success, passion, and community, the Brahmas are poised to continue their legacy of memorable moments and achievements for years to come.