The Warrior hockey team added some firepower for the future, but won’t have until next fall to see that addition payoff.
Waldorf head coach Brett Shelanski announced this week the signing of local star forward Sean Mallonee, a native of Kennewick, Wash., to a Letter of Intent. The 5-foot-9 forward, who scored 23 goals last season with the North Iowa Bulls, will joined the Warriors on the ice in January.
“Sean comes to us with a plethora of high-level hockey experience, including the WHL, the NAHL, and two very successful seasons here locally with the North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL,” Shelanski said of Mallonee, who assisted on 39 goals in 39 regular-season games last season for the Bulls and added two goals and five assists in seven playoff games.
“He is a skilled player who sees the ice very well and has great scoring touch around the net,” the Warriors coach added. “Sean’s combination of speed, vision, and hockey sense make him a threat to create offense every time he is on the ice. He is capable of playing in all situations and anticipates the play extremely well.”
Mallonee started his junior career with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, playing in four games and picking up an assists before moving to Iowa.
In his first season with the Bulls, of the North American Tier III Hockey League (NA3HL), Mallonee netted 15 goals and added 23 assists in 27 regular-season games. He added two goals and five assists in seven playoff games, helping lead the Bulls to the Silver Cup Championship.
Last season, along with playing in 46 games in the regular-season and postseason with the North Iowa Bulls, Mallonee also skated in two games with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League.
A former NA3HL Central Division Forward of the Year and All-NA3HL Second-Team selection, Mallonee has played in one game this season for the Bulls.
“It’s a blessing to be able to play competitive hockey and get an education,” Mallonee said. “My family and close friends are happy I chose Waldorf, and that I get to keep playing the game I’ll always love.
“There was something about the community, and the tight-knit team, that really helped me with my decision,” the future Warrior added. “The great education is just a bonus.”
Warrior coach Shelanski adds: “The Bulls are well known in the area and in the hockey world for their championship teams, outstanding player development and advancement record, so we are thrilled to welcome a player of Sean’s caliber to our program. In addition to hockey, he is an excellent student academically and will be a tremendous all-around asset to our campus.”
The Warriors, who opened NAIA play last weekend with a home split, get this weekend off before returning to the ice to host Aquinas College on Nov. 10 and 11 at the Albert Lea Ice Arena.