Saturday, August 11, 2007

Generals sign ex-Mechanic Futers for '07-08

The Flint Generals continue to add depth to their roster with the addition of forward Shawn Futers.

Futers spent last year with Quebec RadioX of the Quebec Senior Professional Hockey League where he played in 18 games and notched one goal and one assist for two points and had 77 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound left-shooting left winger has previous professional hockey experience with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League where in the 2005-2006 season he had one goal and two assists for three points and 251 penalty minutes in 51 games.

“He’s a youthful guy who brings toughness and a physical presence to our team,” said Flint director of hockey operations Ron Sanko. “He is going to make players accountable who come in to Flint to play.”

Futers broke into professional hockey during the 2004-2005 season where he played in one game with the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League.

The gritty forward played in 163 career junior games in the Ontario Hockey League with the Peterborough Petes, London Knights, Kingston Frontenacs and Sarnia Sting. He had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points and 292 career penalty minutes.

“He plays a role on the team and if you are going to have success you need grit, defense, playmakers and goal scorers,” Sanko said. “He is another piece of the puzzle to bring a winning team to Flint.”


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