Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Port Huron signs trio of goalies

The Port Huron Icehawks signed three goalies this week: Ron Vogel, Marty Magers and Ray Jean.

“I think our goalie tandem will be the best in the league,” Icehawks' head coach Stan Drulia said. “Both Vogel and Magers can be No. 1 goaltenders on any team. As a coach, this gives me a lot of options. Out of these two guys, whoever I put in goal, I know he has the skill to win us the game.”

Vogel posted a 45-23-10 record over the past two seasons with the Rockford IceHogs and CHL's Corpus Christi Rayz. In that time, he made over 2000 saves and has a .908 save percentage. In his last season in the former United Hockey League with Rockford, Vogel went 23-11-6 with a 2.90 goals-against average.

“This guy is a battler, plays the puck very well and will help our D get the puck up ice,” Drulia explained. “He’s the main reason Corpus Christi had a long playoff run in 2007.”

The Icehawks used their first selection in this year’s expansion draft to obtain his Magers. Since he has logged less than 3600 minutes as a pro, he will count as one of the Icehawks’ rookies this year. Magers played with the Chicago Hounds last year and had a save percentage of .910.

“Marty competes every night and is a guy who can log a lot of games,” Drulia said. “He competes every night and was the main reason that Chicago rebounded last year with a solid finish to their season.”

Jean started his collegiate hockey career at Maine, but played his junior and senior seasons at Bentley College. During his best season in the NCAA, he had a .917 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average in 28 games. Jean will battle for a roster spot during training camp.

Vogel, Magers and Jean will join a talented trio of defensemen in B.J. Adams, Chris Bogas and Mark DeSantis and centers Jeremy Tucker and Kris Vernarsky.


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