Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes alum Hein signs NAHL tender with Warriors
The NA3HL’s Texas RoadRunners have announced that goaltender Hunter Hein has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Oklahoma Warriors.
Hein, 19, has appeared in 20 games with the ‘Runners this season and has posted a top-five league-leading 2.19 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage. and is 13-5-2 on the season. The Phoenix native was also recently selected to and played in the 2023 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team, which went undefeated at the event.
Hein also appeared in one game with the NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes and suffered a 4-0 loss at the NAHL Showcase early in the season before being released to the RoadRunners where he has been nothing more than fantastic.
This is Hein’s third season playing in the NA3HL for the RoadRunners. He has appeared in 52 career regular-season games with a 30-17-5 record.
“Hunter let me know that Augsburg University was in contact with him for the second semester during the Blaine showcase,” said RoadRunners head coach Mike Beavis. “My advice was to take the offer but also told Hunter it was a family decision. At the same time, the Northeast Generals of the NAHL were interested in affiliating Hein and I also received a call from Garrett Roth with OKC stating he was also interested in Hein for next season. Hein and Roth both spoke on the phone about the Augsburg offer and what OKC was thinking about Hein’s future. The two came to the agreement that it would benefit everyone if Hein tendered with the Warriors for next season and played out his last year of eligibility in the NAHL.
“Hunter turned down the opportunity to play this season at Babson as he felt the school was not what he was looking for educationally. I have been speaking to UMass Boston and Peter Beslisle about Hein for after next season and they will be keeping tabs over the next season to see where Hein may fit.”
The RoadRunners are extremely happy for their netminder and feel that Hein’s physical ability combined with his 4.4 GPA and high test scores may be a great fit for NCAA Division I and Division III programs in the not-too-distant future.
Back home, Hein played for the Jr. Coyotes.
(February 22, 2023)