Nick Ford Texas Jr. Brahmas
Nick Ford’s addition to the Texas line-up in February paid immediate dividends for the club. The 19-year-old native of Chicago, Illinois, totaled 18 points during the games considered in February and early March, which included seven goals and 11 assists. Ford (6’0/185) joined the club at the trading deadline in February and immediately lit it up. During the six games he played at the end of the regular season, Ford recorded at least three points in all of the games but one. He had two four-point games during the month and was also a +13. Ford spent the majority of the season playing in the NAHL for the Lone Star Brahmas. "Nick has seamlessly slotted himself into the lineup for us late in the season and has had a big impact. He's a fantastic player that not only can put up points, but also makes players around him better. Not all good players are capable of doing that, but Nick has, and it's had a ripple effect through out our lineup. He has good patience and poise with the puck, to go along with excellent vision on the ice, and if given a chance he doesn't hesitate to get pucks to the net. It's been a pleasure to have him in our lineup and expect him to be a leader for us in the playoffs,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.
Runner-Up: Johnny Botna, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jordan Carey, Breezy Point North Stars – Bo Gronseth, Alexandria Blizzard – Bryan Hovanec, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Chong Hyun Lee, La Crosse Freeze – Lucas Lomax, Great Falls Americans – Ryan Martin, Wisconsin Whalers – Andy McGlynn, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Cooper McLean, Metro Jets – Gunnar Mogck, Bozeman Icedogs – Michael Orke, Granite City Lumberjacks - Johnny Panvica, North Iowa Bulls - Dominic Pisanti, Toledo Cherokee – Kyle Reilly, Gillette Wild – Tom Reilly, Twin City Steel – Brad Reitter, Point Mallard Ducks – Jon Severson, Nashville Jr. Predators – Luke Sunde, Southern Tier Xpress – Aaron Torres, Dallas Jr. Stars – Dakota Ulmer, West Michigan Wolves