Black and Oliphant Receive Divisional Honors

May 4, 2022

The North American Hockey League announced their all-division awards Wednesday morning. Forward Jake Black was named to the All-East Division Team and forward captain Holt Oliphant was awarded the East Division Leadership Award.

Jake Black had a record-setting season in his rookie campaign for the Tomahawks. With his NAHL-best 41 goals and playing in all 60 games this season, the Pomfret, Connecticut native was just three goals shy of tying Carson Briere’s Tomahawks record for goals in a season (44). Black also now sits third all-time in average points per game with 1.32. This season’s efforts not only earned Black a spot on the All-East Division team, but two East Division Star of the Week honors and a commitment to the University of Connecticut in his home state.

As one of few returning players and being named as team captain, Holt Oliphant took matters into his own hands, leading this year’s young Tomahawks team as a veteran presence in the locker room and on the ice. The Northbrook, Illinois native put up 18 goals this season, including seven game-winners and six coming on the power play. His play-making abilities also came through with his 26 assists, totaling 44 points this season. Not only is he committed to the Air Force Academy, but his leadership was also noticed by the league as he was named East Division Star of the Week in the final week of the regular season.