Sunday, September 7, 2008

Davenport announces '08-09 squads

The 2008-2009 Davenport teams have been announced after the conclusion of tryouts Friday morning.

"I would like to thank all of the student-athletes who attended our hockey tryouts," stated head coach Paul Lowden. "We are very excited about the upcoming 2008-2009 season and look forward to success in both our ACHA-DII and ACHA-DIII programs."

ACHA - DII Roster:
Jeremy Barber, Kevin Brojek, Jeremy Bultema, Bobby Collar, Brandon Davis, Tom Dowell, Kevin Doyle, Ben Dykstra, Rick Gadwa, Brett Hagen, Kenny Jacobs, Chris Joswiak, Mitch Kane, Scott Knight, Jeff Kraemer, Jared Mailloux, Kevin Moodie, Brit Ouellette, Dan Reaume, Jonah Rogowski, Garrett Russell, Chad Rutzel, Jon Stolarz, Adam Thomas, Eric Troup, Eddie Wheeler

ACHA - DIII Roster:
Luke Bonnewell, Mike Bowolda, Mike Dakesian, Dino Daminato, Ben Duthler, Adam Farr, Andrew Hofart, Taylor Keyworth, Joe Kraemer, Jason Kraemer, Jon Kusava, Alex Mikla, Chad Ouellette, Matt Sekosan, Jordan Stegger, Sam Swardenski, Adam Tomacari, Peter Vogl, Justin Welker

Friday, September 5, 2008

Late draft pick McCauley signs with Whalers

The Flint Junior Generals of the Central States Hockey League have announced that 17-year-old forward Myles McCauley will play for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League this coming season.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound McCauley came in at midseason during the 2007-08 season and played 21g ames, scoring 7 goals.

"The CSHL was a good experience for Myles," said Flint GM Kelly Cronk. "He learned what junior hockey was all about coming from the Honeybaked midget AAA program. The Flint Junior Generals are proud of Myles and wish him luck in his future with the Whaler program."

McCauley, a Sterling Heights native, was drafted by Plymouth in the 14th round (279th overall) of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection from the Belle Tire Spartans.

Erstad Opts for D-3

Wisconsin recruit Travis Erstad, a draft pick of the St. Louis Blues, has opted out of playing another year with the Lincoln Stars, and will instead play for Division III UW-Steven's Point.

Erstad is a native of Steven's Point and UWSP's head coach, Wil Nichol, coached Erstad in high school.

Critics of Wisconsin and their recruiting practices will immediately point to this as an example of Wisconsin over-recruiting and screwing over the players they've already committed to. I'm not sure I see it though.

In February of 2007 when Erstad committed, it was reported that his commitment was for either 2008 or 2009. So it's not like Wisconsin sprung the decision to have him play another year of junior hockey on him at the last minute or anything. If playing junior hockey this year was out of the question for him, he probably shouldn't have made the commitment. Yes, there was the possibility of him joining the Badgers this season, but looking at his scoring line--59 games played 9 goals 10 assists, a team worst -10--it's not like his play clearly showed that he was ready for college hockey this year.

Not that I blame Erstad for his decision. He'll be going to a nice situation in his hometown as opposed to the endless hours of travel and being away from home in Lincoln. I'm just not sure that Wisconsin should be villified for pulling the rug out from under a kid when they were just following what they had initially agreed to.

Former Whaler Drew earns ECHL contract

The Dayton Bombers of the ECHL have signed former Plymouth Whalers goaltender Paul Drew for the 2008-09 season.

As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Drew enters his first professional season after playing four years at the University of Prince Edward Island. The Merlin, Ontario, native backstopped 95 games for PEI, collecting a career 3.66 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage. He was twice named team MVP and was selected to the 2007 Atlantic Universities All-Star Team.

"It feels great to get to this point in my career after four years at the collegiate level and I'm anxious to get to Dayton and get the season started," Drew said. "I'm looking forward to having a shot at being the team's No. 1 goalie. This is the highest point of my career and I want to help take the team as far as I can."

Prior to his collegiate career, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound goalie spent four years with the Whalers where he went 73-35-16 with a 2.63 GAA and a .911 SV%.

"Paul comes highly recommended from his coaches at PEI and Plymouth," said Dayton head coach Bill McDonald. "He has a lot of positive qualities as a goaltender and is an outstanding individual when it comes to attitude, character and leadership."