Former Thunderbird Feno to fly with Falcons
Evan Feno, from Morrison, has committed to play his NCAA Division I hockey at the Air Force Academy beginning next season.
Feno, a former Colorado Thunderbird who also played with Front Range, the Foothills Flyers and Littleton Hawks, is in his second season skating with the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Janesville Jets.
Feno has taken an impressive step forward in Janesville, moving from a secondary scoring role last season into the first-line center on the top team in the league.
The 1995-born center has 13 goals and 33 assists through 44 games this season. His 46 points rank eighth in league scoring, and his two wingers – Zach LaValle and Brandon Schultz – are fourth and 10th, respectively.
“If you look at (Feno’s) numbers, they’re heavy on the assists,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble. “That just goes to show his hockey IQ is off the charts.
“He’s a kid who can not only score goals, but he can make plays. His two linemates have reaped benefits from him this year, and a lot of that goes to his work ethic. He plays the game the right way.”
Feno was quick to credit to his wingers.
“I owe a lot of my success to them,” said Feno, who’s recorded 15 points during the Jets’ recent eight-game winning streak. “We have a great chemistry and really help each other out. We’re unselfish and it’s great for everyone in the long run.”
Feno is excited to return home to play his college hockey.
“I love Colorado,” he said. “I love the atmosphere, and it’s going to be good being close to home.”
Falcons head coach Frank Serratore began coaching Air Force in 1997 when Feno was just 2 years old. Serratore has more than 30 years of head coaching experience.
“They’re a first-class staff,” Dibble said of Serratore and his assistants. “They do things the right way. They don’t let their players get away with being lazy. They make young men into great young hockey players and better overall human beings.”
Serratore’s Falcons have eight graduating seniors on their current roster, including four of their top six forwards. With so much roster change coming next year, Feno is pointed to play a major role for the Falcons.
“I think I can bring a lot of offensive production while being defensively stable,” he said. “I think I can be a solid two-way player who can contribute and help the team win any way I can.”
Dibble believes Serratore and the Falcons got a steal in Feno’s commitment.
“He’ll come in, and by the time he leaves his senior year, everyone will look back and say, ‘I can’t believe we got him.’ He’s one of those players who’ll get better every day, every month and every season.
“You haven’t seen the best of Evan Feno yet.”