Brennan Blaszczak of Las Vegas with NCAA Alaska Fairbanks
Saturday, June 22, 2019
By Lee Samuels
Las Vegas – Weeks of training and weeks on the ice. That is what Las Vegas skater Brennan Blaszczak has been doing to get wired in for his return to NCAA Alaska Fairbanks where he is going into his junior season.
Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin – head coach with TWK HC Innsbruck in Austria this season – said “Brennan has plenty of speed – he can go real good on the ice. We are working together on some technical things to get him set for his upcoming season with NCAA Fairbanks Alaska.”
Blaszczak, 23, is 6’0, 190. He is a center on his line at college.
“While growing up in Las Vegas we used to play on some teams coached by Matt Edlin,” Blaszczak said.
Edlin remembers Brennan very well.
“Brennan played with us with the Las Vegas Ice Cats first as a peewee, then as a bantam,” Edlin said. ‘He was very fast and very smart on the ice. Always listened and improved all the time.
“You tell then he loved the game and he had such a great attitude. His bantam team won 5 championship banners including the Sonoran League Championship.
“His father Brian coached the team with Orlando Montoya. Lots of great kids on that team including Eric Williams, Ethan Montoya, Sidney Thomas and many others.
“Brennan represented the state of Nevada at the USA Western Hockey Festival. His family was always super supportive of him being on all of the trips his Dad coached. Brennan’s Mom, Aunt and siblings were on the trips and the family took some of the Las Vegas players to Michigan to go to hockey camps there.
“Very happy to see Brennan is enjoying the game at a very high level,” Edlin said.”He was a great friend with all of his teammates when he played here in town.”
2015-16 – NAHL Springfield Jr Blues 16 goals, 15 assists – 31 points
2016-17 – NAHL Springfield Jr Blues 25 goals, 14 assists – 39 points
2017-18 – NCAA Alaska Fairbanks 0 goals, 1 assist – 1 point
2018-19 – NCAA Alaska Fairbanks 1 goals, 2 assists – 3 points