Thursday, July 26, 2007

All four IHL teams sign players

The Flint Generals have signed defenseman Ryan Jorde and forward John DiPace.

"Our coaching staff is very excited to have Ryan Jorde back for a second season," head coach Kevin Kerr said. "He brings toughness and good leadership on and off the ice. He is a guy who will fit well with the new rule changes in the IHL. He will add a lot of toughness to our defense. Ryan is a very solid two-way defenseman."

DiPace is back for a second stint in a Flint uniform. He brings skill and speed and fits well with the coach's style of play.

"John is a feisty player who is not afraid to mix it up and can put the puck in the net," added Kerr.


Defenseman Dave Van Drunen re-signed with the Muskegon Fury today.

“Dave has been the ultimate warrior for the Fury for the past three years," Fury head coach Bruce Ramsay said. "No one battles harder and better every game than ‘Vandy.’ He is a model leader in the locker room as well as on the ice. He plays a ton every game, every night and leads with his seemingly tireless efforts. Not only that, but he may just be the best penalty-killer in the league and is on the ice in every key situation which faces our team.

"Anyone who plays with him and is around him benefits immensely from his entire approach to the game. I have known him for a lot of years; he is a class person both on and off the ice and we are really thrilled to have him back with us for a fourth season.”


The Kalamazoo Wings announced the signings of defenseman Ed Campbell and forward Joel Rechlicz.

“Ed is a gritty player that should thrive in our system,” said Wings' GM Wade Welsh. “With Campbell on the ice, our goaltenders won’t have to worry about opposing players crowding the crease.

“To be successful in the IHL you are going to need physical players. Joel is a young, tough kid that under the tutelage of (head coach) Mark (Reeds) can hopefully flourish as an all around player.”


Port Huron added defenseman Chris Bogas and forward Jeremy Tucker.

“Chris is a veteran d-man who plays in all situations," said Icehawks' head coach Stan Drulia. "He is also one of the funniest guys I know. His character and personality will help keep his teammates loose.

"(Tucker) plays hard every time he is on the ice, and he is very versatile. After taking three years off from playing before last season, we are looking for him to be more comfortable and a huge part of our success this season.”


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