During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NA3HL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NA3HL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players, 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 34 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, who are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NA3HL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NA3HL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Joe Erickson, forward, Butte Cobras
Butte Cobras forward Joe Erickson, a 5-foot-10, 156-pound forward from Sioux City, IA, took his game to a new level in his second NA3HL season, more than doubling his prior season’s point totals to become a leader on a young Butte team.
After putting up six points in 35 games his rookie year, Erickson put his playmaking skills on display, logging three goals and 17 assists for 20 points in 2019-20. His 20 points were good for fifth in team scoring, as well as first among all 1999-born Cobras, and his 17 assists came in fourth on the team. In 80 career NA3HL contests, he posted six goals, 20 assists and 26 points.