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Tomahawks in the News - Lukenda and Helmer (8-25-20)

written by: David Nicoletti

Last week there were two news articles that were released relating to one of our former Johnstown Tomahawks, and one of our upcoming Tomahawks. Today, we'd like to share those stories with our awesome readers.

On August 21st, 2020, Zaafina Naqvi of sootoday.com released an article about former Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender, Cooper Lukenda. In this article, Nagvi tells you how hockey and golf go hand-in-hand for the former Johnstown goalie and how one sport for Cooper just simply wasn't enough. 

The 21-year-old committed to playing NCAA Division I hockey for Lake Superior State University, but decided to drop out of Lake Superior and go back to playing junior hockey for the Kemptville 73's of the CCHL.

After his decision to drop out of college, and go back to play junior hockey again, the current St. Olaf college goaltender talks about how he started having a passion for playing golf when he was around 10-12 years old. Playing the game outside of hockey as a hobby. He was pretty good at golf too, may I say really good. But as it continued to grow as a passion, Cooper was able to go on to St. Olaf as a two sport athlete, in both hockey and golf. 

He states that: “It was a big accomplishment and extended my career”. Lukenda added, “For golf, it was just a hobby, and to get to the level to be able to play NCAA golf was big for me.”

You can read more about how Cooper Lukenda made the decision to leave LSSU and find a better place for himself and more at https://www.sootoday.com/pursuit/for-cooper-lukenda-one-sport-wasnt-enough-2654810?fbclid=IwAR0JKou3uiR5eDiNKnrziJdMgLwWb1erSIh6JxWwl1ZhadcFQQUNds3XTzo


Also, on August 14th, 2020, Andrew Kalista of FOX43 sat down and talked to Johnstown Tomahawks 2020 fifth round pick, Cade Helmer

The 124th pick of the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft is the son of Calder Cup champion and former Hershey Bears captain, Bryan Helmer. Cade talks about how he is carving his own path in hockey. He has big dreams of being a professional hockey player, just like his dad used to be.

His father Bryan goes on to state in the report, “As a father you want your son to follow in your footsteps”. Also saying “When he goes out on the ice, he is walking instead of skating”.

Cade also goes on to state how he hopes to commit to a D-1 university during his two year eligibility in hockey. "If I do have a good year, then maybe I can commit to a D-1 which I would love to do and then I still have another year after that to play one more year in juniors", Helmer said

You can read more about Helmer trying to achieve his goals and go pro like his dad once did https://www.fox43.com/article/sports/sports-spotlight-cade-helmer-carving-his-own-path-in-hockey/521-77c95a13-712d-4f60-bb27-73a8ee2f53ee?fbclid=IwAR3dP4ZBVEj9MrO3diLPCGcMNgZhAv136MLH9_avzKpsjrk6lNhlHroJVpQ

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