PLAYER TRADE: LIAM BLAND

The Helena Bighorns are pleased to announce that they have acquired Liam Bland, Forward from the Badlands Sabres (formerly the Missoula Bruins). The full details of the trade have not been released. Bland was 6th in all of NA3HL scoring in 2020-2021 and led the Missoula Bruins with 69 points in 34 games.
“After spending last year in the frontier division I was able to see first hand what it takes to win in this league. My expectations for this team are nothing short of winning a frontier division title and having an opportunity at the Fraser cup. Helena was my favorite place to play on the road and I look forward to it being my home next year and being able to play in front of such a great atmosphere.”
-Liam Bland
“We are really excited to have Liam joining the Bighorns for the upcoming season. We have added a guy that will be in the top end of our lineup, has played a full year in the league and averaged over 2 points per game. Liam Bland checks all of the boxes for us, a great young man with high character, works hard, a proven track record and a good teammate. Liam simply makes us better and we can’t wait for our fans to watch him play for the Bighorns.”
-Damon Hanson

RETURNING: GAGE BOWERMAN

We are very happy to have Gage Bowerman back for another season 🏒

“We saw tremendous growth in Gage’s game last season, and we will be counting on him in all situations this upcoming season. Gage is a big guy that’s not afraid to be a physical presence and is willing to play in the hard areas. He brings a very upbeat attitude each and every day and will continue to grow as a hockey player and as a young man.”

-Damon Hanson

RETURNING: GAVYN GALLOWAY

We are very excited to have Gavyn Galloway back for another season 🏒

“Anytime you can have your leading scorer back, that’s a really good thing for your program. Gavyn started with the Bighorns in the 2019 season which ended abruptly because of Covid. This being Gavyn’s third season, we are going to lean on that experience, and he can help some of the younger guys through the process. Gavyn has very high expectations for this season, and we have high expectations for him. He will be a top-end player for us, and I know our fans will be happy to hear that he is returning.”

-Damon Hanson

COMMITTED: COLE EASTMAN

Cole Eastman is signed and played last year for the U18AAA Colorado Springs Tigers 🥅
“Playing junior hockey has been a central goal in my life since I first picked up the game and signing with Helena has given me a chance to make it a reality. I’ve seen a great improvement in my game over the last few seasons, but I know I still have more in the tank. Spending the upcoming season with the Bighorns presents me with a great opportunity to continue my development on and off the Ice. I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the Helena hockey community and can’t wait to hit the ice this season.”
-Cole Eastman
“Cole came to Helena at the end of last season to skate with us for a week and you could see in that week that he has that natural compete level and that want to stop every puck. Some players talk about getting better and Cole is that young man that will work to get better. Playing goalie in todays game is a lot about technique but it all starts with the mind set of stopping every puck and Cole definitely has that. We look forward to helping Cole in his pursuit of college hockey and are excited that he is joining the Bighorns.”
-Damon Hanson

COMMITTED: ADAM HARVEY

Adam Harvey is signed and played last year for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 🏒
“I am so excited to be joining the Bighorns organization! I have heard many great things about the organization and the coaching staff. I can’t wait to begin this next part of my hockey career with them!”
-Adam Harvey
“Signing a player and a person like Adam Harvey is going to make our organization better in every way. Adam is a highly motivated young man that loves the game. He plays an honest 200-foot game and brings that natural leadership to the rink every day. We are excited for our fans to see him play and we know he is going to be a great fit for the Helena Bighorns.”
-Damon Hanson

RETURNING: AJ ADLEMAN

AJ Adleman will be returning for the 2021-2022 season 🏒
“We are very pleased to announce the resigning of Goaltender AJ Adleman. AJ was very solid for us last season in his first year of Junior hockey and will lean on that experience in his second season with the Bighorns. AJ works extremely hard each and every day and is that young man that will be the first one at the rink and the last one to leave. We look forward to and are excited about having AJ back with the Bighorns.”
-Damon Hanson

RETURNING: WYATT BARTON

Wyatt Barton will be returning for the 2021-2022 season 🏒
“We are very excited to have Wyatt Barton back for this upcoming season. Wyatt brings a very high skill level on the back end and creates a lot of offensive opportunities. Wyatt is one of those guys that will do whatever it takes to help the team win and we are happy that he has decided to return for another year with the Bighorns.”
-Damon Hanson

RETURNING: ANDREW DESKIN

Andrew Deskin will be returning for the 2021-2022 season 🏒
“We are very happy to have Andrew Deskin back in our lineup this upcoming season. Andrew is a great young man, on and off the ice. He comes in each and every day ready to work and has the want and the willingness to get better. Andrew is that high character guy who is very coachable and very low maintenance which makes my job easier and enjoyable.”
-Damon Hanson

COMMITTED: LOGAN MATHENY

Logan Matheny is signed and played last year for the U18 AAA Colorado Springs Tigers 🏒

“I grew up playing all of my youth hockey with the Colorado Springs Tigers from mini mites up to 18U AAA. I’m really excited to be a part of the Helena Bighorns organization and playing with some of the guys that have become family to me. I can’t wait to get going into this season as we aspire to bring a championship back to Helena!”

-Logan Matheny

“Logan is an old school blue-collar hockey player that gives you everything he has every night. Not a big guy but plays like one, and it won’t take long for the Helena fans and our opponents to know Logan Matheny. Never afraid to go to the hard areas and will do whatever it takes to win. Logan has the skills to play at this level and add that to his work ethic and we have a really good player that we are excited to see playing for us.”

-Damon Hanson

COMMITTED: TABER GUTSCHICK

Taber Gutschick is signed and played last year for the Walpole Express 🏒

“I signed with the Bighorns because the owner/GM Mike Greene was my coach my whole youth hockey career. He knows how to do things the right way and I can’t wait to see what he has in store with this team. Also, after talking with coach Damon, I felt he wanted to do things the right way and I feel like I can trust everyone in this organization. A bunch of guys I grew up playing with and have known most of my life are going to Helena and we have never been to nationals together and that’s our goal without even starting the season yet. We want to bring a national championship back to Helena! I’m super excited to be a Bighorn and start the season off with a bang!”

-Taber Gutschick

“We are really excited to have Taber Gutschick join the Helena Bighorns. Taber is that fun loving young man that steps on the ice and flips the switch into a really good hockey player. A high skilled defenseman that comes with a proven track record and a guy that wants to win every night. You often hear about players that have a high hockey IQ, and Taber is definitely that player. Our fans in Helena are really going to enjoy watching Taber Gutschick play this season.”

-Damon Hanson