Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dogs Adjust Camp Roster

SAINT JOHN – Not even three months removed from winning the MasterCard Memorial Cup, Saint John Sea Dogs players began reporting to training camp today.

Camp officially begins tomorrow morning at Harbour Station and runs through the afternoon. There will be practices, goalie sessions, off-ice conditioning and a scrimmage.

The Dogs made a few changes to their camp roster today. Forwards Jeremy Balderston (LW 25/08/1992 5'11" 170 Cornwall, PE), Ryan Collicut (RW 13/11/1992 Summerside, PEI) and Danny Wicks (C 1993 5'08" 168 Mount Pearl, NL) were all added. Also, forward Joseph Manno, who committed to Northeastern University earlier this week, has been taken off the roster.

Wicks is a bit of an interesting invite. He had signed with the Lewiston Maineiacs (RIP) back in April before the team bit the dust.

From the Maine Hockey Journal:
The 5’8, 168-pound forward led the Newfoundland & Labrador Major Midget Hockey League in scoring during the regular season with 34 goals and 37 assists in 29 games. In the playoffs he added nine goals and eight assists in 17 games. 
The 17-year old forward who won’t turn 18 until September was passed over in the last two QMJHL drafts. 
“Physically, Danny is a bit of a late bloomer,” Schurman added. “He has worked very hard over the last year in the gym and will continue to do so to gain an opportunity such as this. He isn’t the biggest guy out there, but he battles for pucks and finishes his hits. Mix that in with his offensive instincts and we feel that Danny has a chance to play in our league.”
The Sea Dogs will have 23 forwards, 12 defensemen, six goaltenders and five players who will be arriving at a later date due to National Hockey League commitments.

Saint John plays their first pre-season contest on Friday night at the Red Ball Internet Centre in Moncton.

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