Hunter Hein has signed an NAHL tender with the OKC Warriors and will look to make the jump to the NAHL in a permanent manner next season. Hein, the 6’4 195lb 19 year old goaltender from Phoenix, AZ has appeared in 12 games with the Runners this season and posted a top six league leading 1.99 GAA and a .945 SV% and is 10-1-1 on the season. Hein also appeared in one game with the NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes and suffered a 4-0 loss at the NAHL showcase early in the season before being released to the RoadRunners where he has been nothing more than fantastic.
“Hunter let me know that Augsburg University was in contact with him for the second semester during the Blaine showcase. My advice was to take the offer but also told Hunter it was a family decision. At the same time the Northeast Generals of the NAHL were interested in affiliating Hein and I also received a call from Garrett Roth with OKC stating he was also interested in Hein for next season. Hein and Roth both spoke on the phone about the Augsburg offer and what OKC was thinking about Hein’ future. The two came to the agreement that it would benefit everyone if Hein tendered with the Warriors for next season and played out his last year of eligibility in the NAHL. Hunter turned down the opportunity to play this season at Babson as he felt the school was not what he was looking for educationally. I have been speaking to UMASS Boston and Peter Beslisle about Hein for after next season and they will be keeping tabs over the next season to see where Hein may fit.” Stated Mike Beavis RoadRunners HC
The RoadRunners are extremely happy for their netminder and feel that Hein’s physical ability combined with his 4.4 GPA and high test scores may be a great fit for NCAA D-1 and D-3 programs in the not too distant future. Hein may also begin the second half of the season this week with OKC skating with the team and potentially suiting up next weekend for them as they travel to the Amarillo to take on the Wranglers Friday and Saturday night.