Year in Review: #2 Brandon Young
We take a look back at the accomplishments of our team in 2016-17. An historic season was built by the hard work and determination by your favorite Tomahawks players.
Today, we put the spotlight on #2 Brandon Young!
Looking to add a veteran presence on a young blueline, the Tomahawks completed a transaction with the Bismarck Bobcats in late November to acquire the services of Brandon Young.
Young, a 1996-born defenseman from Michigan, was in his final season of junior eligibility and his first season in the North American Hockey League. He previously suited up for the Dauphin (Manitoba) Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 2015-16, scoring 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 60 games.
Tomahawks bench boss, Mike Letizia, said at the time the acquisition of Young helped “stabilize the back end.”
“We were looking to stabilize our back-end a little bit as it has been hampered by injuries and other circumstances,” Letizia said in November. “Adding Brandon Young not only helps that, but also adds an experienced veteran D-man to our blue line who has great size, good mobility, and a good sense for the game. We feel he will help balance out our D-core and that he should play some quality minutes for our club.”
Not an overly offensive defenseman, Young contributed in other ways, using his frame and defensive prowess to shut down the opponent’s best players.
In 34 games played for the Tomahawks, Young tallied one goal and chipped in seven assists. He also earned 35 minutes in the penalty box and was a plus-1 for the team.
Young will be starting his collegiate career in 2017-18 at Division III Utica College.
Check back tomorrow for another Year in Review, this time we highlight #4 Chris Trouba!