ECHL Update Friday November 2

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Happy Friday and as we get ready to hit the ice tonight in Jacksonville and Atlanta, LockedIN Magazine wants to take a moment to update you on some recent ECHL News!

The Jacksonville Icemen, proud affiliate of the NHL Winnipeg Jets and AHL Manitoba Moose, today announced that Alexis D’Aoust is the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week for the week of October 22-28.

In three games last week, the 5-foot-11, 205 pound forward recorded seven points (3G, 4A) with a +5 rating as the Icemen improved to an ECHL-best 5-0-0. They remain the only undefeated team in the League, much thanks to D’Aoust and an explosive offense that’s outscored it’s opponents 22-9.

The 22-year-old Trois-Rivières, Quebec native has tallied a point in each of the Icemen’s first five games with back-to-back three-point games over the weekend. His 12 points (6G, 6A) are good for 3rd in the League, but only two points behind the leader in that category, who has played eight games compared to D’Aoust’s five.

The Atlanta Gladiators announced  that they have traded cash considerations to the Adirondack Thunder for forward Shane Eiserman and goalie Colten Phinney and that  the Nashville Predators have loaned goalie Miroslav Svoboda back from the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, and the team has signed forward Tyler Howe.

Svoboda, 23, returns to Atlanta after his call-up to the National Hockey League and American Hockey League. The Czech Republic native served as the backup goalie for the Nashville Predators for one game as well as three contests for the Milwaukee Admirals. At the start of the season with the Gladiators, the 6-foot-3, 192-pound netminder went 2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in two starts. Svoboda ranks in the top five in the ECHL in every major goaltending category.

Howe, 27, rejoins Atlanta where he attended training camp and notched an assist in the Gladiators’ preseason game. The 6-foot-6, 229-pound forward has accumulated 38 points and 307 penalty minutes in 120 pro games, in various leagues, over the course of his six-year professional career. The Falmouth, MA native began the season with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the SPHL and recorded seven penalty minutes in four games.

Eiserman, 23, began his rookie season this year in Adirondack where he posted three points (1g, 2a) in two games for the Thunder.  The Newburyport, MA native skated the last four seasons for the University of New Hampshire. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward notched 51 points in 125 career games with the Wildcats.  The former fourth-round draft pick (100th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators has represented the United States in various international competitions including the U18 World Junior Championships and with US National Development Program.

The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that forward Troy Bourke has been reassigned to Orlando by the Syracuse Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bourke, 24, has recorded two penalty minutes in four games with the Crunch this season. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound forward has skated in 247 career pro games with the Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage, Fort Wayne Komets, Adirondack Thunder and Syracuse, producing 106 points (39g-67a) and 106 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the native of Edmonton, Alberta played major junior hockey for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. In 276 games, Bourke collected 236 points (84g-152a) and 179 penalty minutes.

The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that defenseman Michael Brodzinski has been named the AMI Graphics/ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for October after leading the league with a plus-minus rating of +10.

Brodzinski posted an even or better rating in six of his seven games during the month, and was a +3 in each of the final three games in October – Oct. 20 at Atlanta, Oct. 26 vs. Florida and Oct. 27 at Florida. He is the first Solar Bears player to receive monthly ECHL Plus Performer honors since defenseman Eric Baier earned the distinction in October of 2015 (+7 in six games).

The 23-year-old leads Orlando’s defensive corps and is third in overall team scoring with five points (3g-2a) and two penalty minutes in seven games. Brodzinksi’s three goals are also tied for the league lead among defensemen.

Under contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, Brodzinski was reassigned to the Solar Bears from the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda on Oct. 2. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner has recorded 15 points (6g-9a) and 16 penalty minutes in 30 career ECHL games with the Solar Bears and Allen Americans, and has added 10 points (2g-8a) and 46 penalty minutes in 60 career AHL games with San Jose.

Prior to turning pro, the native of Ham Lake, Minnesota played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, where he tallied 48 points (18g-30a) and 62 penalty minutes in 99 career games for the Golden Gophers program. Brodzinski was a fifth-round pick (#141 overall) of the San Jose Sharks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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