Archive for September, 2009

T-Devils Sign Seven

September 3, 2009

(PR) TRENTON, NJ (September 3, 2009) – The ECHL’s Trenton Devils have announced the signings of seven players. Signed were: defensemen Dave Leaderer and Matt Torti; and forwards Scott Bartlett, Dan Eves, Chris Poli, Matt Vokes, and Tony Zancanaro. The announcement was made by Trenton Devils General Manager Chris Lamoriello. As per organizational policy, no further terms were disclosed.

Leaderer, 23, returns to Trenton for his second campaign. In 2008-09, he finished third among Trenton defensemen with 36 points, including a team-leading (tie) 12 goals in 72 games. The 5-11, 190-lb. defenseman is known for his durability, having not missed a game through his four-year career at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (HE) or his lone professional season. Born July 31, 1986 in Rochester, NY, Leaderer also netted two goals in the 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Torti, 25, comes back to the Capital City after an injury-shortened season. The 6-5, 210-lb. defenseman made 17 appearances in 2008-09, and will retain rookie status going into the 2009-10 season. Born January 18, 1984 in Oxford, MA, Torti saw action in 154 games with Colgate University (ECAC) from 2004-2008.

Bartlett, 24, also returns for his second season in Trenton after recording 11 points (4g, 7a) in 45 games during the 2008-09 campaign. The 5-9, 165-lb. forward won two Division-III National Championships with Middlebury College in 2005 and 2006. Bartlett was born August 20, 1985 in Pittsford, NY.

Eves, 23, will enter his second year with the Devils after splitting time in Idaho (ECHL) and Trenton last season. The 6-2, 210-lb. forward proved to be a valuable asset on the Devils’ penalty kill and notched 22 points (7g, 15a) in 51 games with Trenton. Prior to starting his professional career with Idaho, he played four seasons (2004-2008) with Lake Superior State University (CCHA), where he picked up 63 points (29g, 34a) in 145 games. Eves was born on April 5, 1986 in Lake Orion, MI.

Poli, 25, re-joins the T-Devils for his third season after missing most of the 2008-09 season due to injury. The 6-1, 210-lb. forward scored five goals in eight games last season and tallied four goals in 11 games at the end of the 2007-08 campaign. Prior to joining the Devils, Poli played four seasons at Brown University (ECAC) with Lowell (AHL) Devils signee Jeff Prough, who led Trenton with 31 goals in 2008-09. Poli was born August 1, 1984 in Medfield, MA.

Vokes, who turned 24 today, will begin his professional career in Trenton after an excellent senior year at Brown. The 6-1, 190-lb. forward led the Bears in goals (11), assists (17) and points (28) during the 2008-09 season. During his four seasons (2005-2009) at Brown, he collected 64 points (28g, 36a) in 115 games. Vokes was born in Auburn, MA.

Zancanaro, 27, comes back for his third full season in Trenton. The 5-6, 165-lb. forward proved to be valuable in the faceoff circle and accumulated 15 points (6g, 9a) in 35 games during the 2008-09 season. He also tied for the team lead with three goals in the 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Through his Trenton career, Zancanaro has scored 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points in 115 games. Born June 4, 1982 in Trenton, MI, he played four seasons at Providence College (HE) where he recorded 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points in 146 games for the Friars.

Season tickets for 2009-10 are now available! For information, log onto http://www.trentondevils.com or call 609-599-9500.

Roper Leaves T-Devils

September 3, 2009

Some sad news to report, as friend and colleague Paul Roper has left the Trenton Devils to take a position with the OHL’s Erie Otters.

Roper was the team’s broadcaster and PR man last year, and did an excellent job in both positions.

The first thing I did every time I walked in the press box last year was make a right, look to my left and yell, “Roper!” at him. I wanted to catch up with what was going on with the team, and how they’d done on the road, and there wasn’t anyone better to talk to about that than Paul. He has a sharp hockey eye and I think he’ll do well in the business.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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