I received an e-mail yesterday that Brockport has recruited Tyler Davis, a defenseman from the Syracuse Stars, for the 08-09 season, adding to the list of recruits provided in an earlier blog post.
As last season closed out, the team and the fans were left wondering what the future held, what with 12 seniors leaving the team. Well, the future looks bright. Dickinson and Digby have done a great job in filling the roster and the new recruits and transfers bring some definite quality and character to the Golden Eagles.
Davis is over 6' tall. He, along with fellow recruit Gregg Amato (6'2") bring the height and size needed to hang with Oswego's and Plattsbugh's taller forwards. Last year, Brockport's defense was its best since the 1974-1975 season and this looks to continue (if not improve) with these additions.
With goalies Van't Hof and Spence graduating, Brockport was left with only one goalie. Now they have a good back up goalie in Oliver Wren, who had some solid numbers in his last year for the Oakville Blades...a .900 save % and a 3.35 GAA.
The offensive picks have been great, too. James Cody and Thomas Galiani were point-a-game forwards last year in the AJHL and Ian Finnerty was close to that level. They'll bring some much needed firepower to the team.
And, last but not least, Ray Tremblay brings character and leadership to the game. As you read here, he's playing hockey despite what should have been a career-ending injury. It is hoped that his will power and determination rubs off on others.
These guys, and others, should provide some great hockey moments in the years to come. All in all, a very good class of recruits.