JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members
of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have acquired forward Kyle Patava
from the Odessa Jackalopes in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2017 NAHL
Entry Draft. Patava previously played for the Jets from 2013 to 2015.
excited to see what Kyle can do for us,” said Jets head coach and general
manager Joe Dibble. “Now he’s got a bit more seasoning, including some USHL
experience, and we’ll see how he can fit into our locker room now as a veteran
played 74 games over two seasons in Janesville, tallying 19 goals and 35
assists for 54 points with the Jets. He moved up to the USHL’s Des Moines
Buccaneers in November of 2014, playing the remainder of the season in his home
state. Patava began last season with the NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas before a
midseason trade sent him to the Minnesota Wilderness, setting the stage for
Patava to eliminate his former team in the Midwest Division Semi-Finals.
kind of a weird feeling, for sure,” admitted Patava. “But at the same time, you
have on a different jersey and you’re there to do the same job: win a playoff
series. It was really fun to play against a franchise I was once a part of, and
now I’m excited to be a part of it again.”
in 46 games in the 2015-16 NAHL regular season. Between the Brahmas and the
Wilderness, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound forward scored 12 goals and added 10
assists for 22 points.
“I try to use
my size a lot to be a powerful, 200-foot player,” Patava said. “If the team
needs somebody to step up, I’m up for the challenge.”
game with Janesville was a 3-2 road shootout win over the Austin Bruins on
Veteran’s Day, 2014. The only current Jets from that night’s roster are Adam
Roeder, Cullen Munson, and Kip Hoffmann, who was drafted by the USHL’s Omaha
Lancers earlier this month. As a veteran entering his last season of junior
hockey, Patava understands his role as a locker room leader.
“I’ve put my
time in in this league,” said Patava, who has played 136 regular season and
postseason games in the NAHL, in addition to 42 USHL games with Des Moines.
“I’ve had my ups and downs in my career, just like everybody else has, and I
wouldn’t want to help lead any other team than the Jets. It’s my favorite team
I’ve played on in the whole North American League. From the top to the bottom,
it’s run the right way. I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Janesville Jets’ front office at (608) 752-JETS, or go to www.janesvillejets.com for details on player camps, season
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