TOPEKA, KS JAN. 7, 2008: Another Topeka RoadRunner reached his goal of obtaining a Division I college scholarship when Aaron Gens committed to the University of Alaska – Fairbanks on Sunday night.
The 4th year RoadRunner has seen an explosion in his offensive stats this season. After logging 118 games in his first two and a half season with the RoadRunners, he had registered a total of 5 goals and 28 assists for 33 points. At the time of his commitment, he had a team leading 32 points (9 goals, 23 assists) in just 28 games. “He’s always been solid defensively”, said Head Coach / GM Scott Langer, who brought Gens into Santa Fe back in the tail end of the 2004-05 season. “He just needed to get a little confidence and start shooting the puck more and once he did, he took off”.
The 20-year old blueliner from Baudette, MN has always been a fan favorite not only for his reliability on the ice, but for his likeability and community involvement off the ice. He has always been active in “Learn To Skate” programs, Big Brothers, “Read With The RoadRunners”, and any other event where the RoadRunners appear. And he always does it with a smile. “Playing junior hockey isn’t just about playing the games”, said Gens. “The whole experience is unbelievable. I love doing the extra activities and being involved with the kids. It’s very rewarding and satisfying on a personal level.” He has been honored twice this season by the NAHL as the South Division “Player Of The Week”, but he remains humble. “I have great teammates and great coaches. What can I say? I’m very fortunate.”
Gens is excited about the opportunity ahead. His major is undecided as of yet, but he anticipates pursuing business. “Playing for Smack (Coach Langer) has given me the direction and the confidence I need to make the jump to Division I hockey”, he said. “It’s been my dream, and now that dream is coming true”.
The Alaska Nanooks compete in the 12 team CCHA. Their home arena is the Carlson Center, which seats 4.350 fans. He will begin play in the 2008-09 season.