The Texas RoadRunners are proud to announce that Derek Boutin and Hunter Hein have both signed NAHL tenders with the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL. Both players joined the team last season as rookies in the NA3HL.
Hein was the top goaltender with the Runners before sustaining a hip labral tear that sidelined him for a good part of this past season. “Hunter is a very good goaltender and I think he will be part of Odessa’s future but may spend some time rehabbing to game form with us at the beginning of this next season.” States Head Coach Mike Beavis
Boutin was an impact player and leading points guy with the Runners this season 33 points in 35 games and was a huge part of the Runners special teams play. “Derek could be a kid that will see time in Odessa providing that he has a great main camp. The opportunity is there and he knows it’s time to step up his game.” Added Beavis
Below is the press release from the NA3HL website.
MAY 11, 2021
Derek Boutin played in the 2021 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.
The Texas RoadRunners of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that two players have signed NAHL tender agreements for the 2021-22 season.
Forward Derek Boutin and goaltender Hunter Hein have both signed tenders with the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL’s South Division.
Boutin, 18, had a great first season in the NA3HL. The 6’0/184 lbs. native of Chicopee, MA, led the RoadRunners in scoring during the 2020-21 season with 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 35 regular season games.
Boutin was also selected to and played in the 2021 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for Team K1 where he recorded a goal in two games during the event.
Hein, 18, appeared in seven games during the 2020-21 season before being sidelined with an injury. The 6’4/190 lbs. native of Phoenix, AZ, posted 1-5-1 record during the regular season with a 3.70 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.