Archive for September, 2012

Titans Add Five To Camp Roster

September 30, 2012

Defenseman Gentry Zollars is among five players brought into Titans camp today (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

The Titans, despite having a large camp roster and a limited amount of spots given AHL players expected to come down, continue to add players before the start of the season.

Trenton added five players today, all on tryout agreements. Goaltenders Matthew DiGirolamo and Jody O’Neill will be joined by defensemen Gentry Zollars, Marcel Alvarez and Tyler Miller.  The team did not previously have a goaltender under contract.

DiGirolamo is an Ambler, PA native who played four seasons at the University of New Hampshire. He started during his junior season, playing in 39 games while posting a 22-11-6 record, 2.44 GAA and .923 save percentage.

O’Neill played his college hockey at Dartmouth, and started both his freshman and sophomore seasons. Although he only played 18 games over the last two years, he did manage to post a 2.50 GAA and .921 save percentage over the course of 13 contests during his senior season. He did get into one game with the Stockton Thunder last year, stopping all six shots he saw in a seven minute stint.

Both goaltenders could be viable options as a backup to the Flyers prospect heading to Trenton if the Devils don’t send anyone here.

Zollars, Alvarez and (I think) Miller are all names you know. Zollars and Alvarez played for the Titans last year, while Miller suited up for the Trenton Devils in 2010-11.

Zollars was plucked out of the Federal Hockey League when the Titans lost several defensemen in the middle of last season, and played relatively well in his 13-game stay. He tallied two assists and was a -5, which isn’t too shabby considering how defensively porous the team was as a whole last season.

After playing his college hockey at Army, Alvarez played in three games for the Titans. He did not register a point, and was even with two penalty minutes.

Miller, a fourth round pick of the Devils in 2006, played for three CHL teams last year after a disappointing, injury-riddled season in the capital city.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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Titans Add Nagy, Melnychuk

September 29, 2012

Former Devils prospect Kory Nagy returns to Trenton (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

As it turns out, that training camp roster wasn’t quite final.  The Trenton Titans have signed defenseman Brodie Melnychuk and forward Kory Nagy  If you’ve been a fan of hockey in the capital city for a while now, Nagy’s is a name you know.  Melnychuk’s likely isn’t.

Nagy, a fifth round draft choice by New Jersey in 2008, never realized his potential in the organization despite numerous opportunities to do so.  After scoring nine goals in 57 games with the Trenton Devils in 2010-11, the 22-year-old graduated to the AHL for a full season and struggled mightily, tallying just eight points in 53 games.

As for Melnychuk, the 21-year-old defenseman is looking to make his pro debut after five seasons in juniors with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL.  Melnychuk should bring some size to the blueline — he stands six feet, three inches tall and weighs around 195 pounds — and also posted impressive numbers at the junior level as well, scoring a career-high eight goals last season.  The Saskatchewan native reached the playoff in all five seasons he played in the WHL, and was an outstanding +46 in the 2009-10 season.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Titans Release Camp Roster

September 28, 2012

TRENTON, NJ – The Trenton Titans, members of the ECHL and proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, have announced their initial training camp roster for the 2012-13 season.

The following players will be attending the camp, held at Lawrenceville Preparatory School in Lawrenceville, NJ: Ray DiLauro, D; Nathan Welton, D; Derrick Pallis, D; Matt Germain, F; Mark Armstrong, F; Jacob Drewiske, F; Ryan Hayes, F; Stephen Schultz, F; Drew Akins, F; Alexandre Beauregard, F; David de Kastrozza, F; Adam Presizniuk, F; Andy Bohmbach, F; Jim McKenzie, F.

Additional players will be added through free agency and releases from AHL camps as the preseason progresses. The Titans will have two preseason games with the Reading Royals during camp – Friday October 5 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, and October 6 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. starts.

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL. Opening Night for the 2012-13 season is October 12 at home against the Greenville Road Warriors. For information on team events or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com.

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Training Camp Schedule Released

September 27, 2012

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – The Trenton Titans, ECHL member and proud affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, have announced their preseason schedule for the weeks leading up to the October 12 season opener.

While the staff and players will arrive for administrative duties September 28th, camp will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30 at IceLand in Hamilton, NJ, then move to Lawrenceville Preparatory School in Lawrenceville until October 11th. All practices begin at 10:30 am, with a Player Meet and Greet taking place on Wednesday, October 3rd from 6-8 p.m. at IceLand. Practices at IceLand and Lawrenceville Prep will be open to the public. Times and locations may be subject to change.

The Titans will also have two, 7 p.m. preseason games during the middle of camp against the Reading Royals. The teams will play at the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, on October 5th, then travel to the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA, to play the following night.

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL. Opening Night for the 2012-13 season is October 12 at home against the Greenville Road Warriors. For information on promotions, team events or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com

October Promotional Schedule Unveiled

September 23, 2012

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – The Trenton Titans, ECHL member and proud affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, have released their promotional schedule for October, highlighted by their “Pink The Rink” campaign to promote breast cancer awareness.

“Pink The Rink” will be a month-long endeavor – sponsored by Radiology Affiliates Imaging and in association with the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton, NJ– where the dasher boards that surround the ice at Sun National Bank Center will be the color pink and the Titans will wear specialized pink jerseys to bring awareness to breast cancer and the need to find a cure.

Other scheduled events for the month are:

Friday Oct 12 (opening night vs. Greenville, 7:05 pm) – Opening Night Block Party, Classic Car Show, Blood Drive and a “Pink Out”, where fans are encouraged to wear pink for the season opener in support of breast cancer awareness.

Wednesday October 17 (vs. Reading, 7:05 pm) – Dollar Dog Night

Friday/Saturday Oct 26-27 (vs. Toledo, 7:05 pm) – Titans Alumni Weekend/Hall of Fame Inductions and Sports Memorabilia. Titans alumni return to the SNBC to reunite and play in an Alumni Game on Saturday against The Pylons, the Titans Men’s Cup Champions. Inductions will be made into the SNBC and Titans Hall of Fame on Friday and a wide variety of sports memorabilia will be available for fans to view and purchase both nights.

Also on Saturday, October 27, the specialized Pink Jerseys that the Titans will wear during the home games, will be put up for auction following the second Toledo contest. Proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Future promotions will include a Blood Drive in November; a Food Drive Collection and Teddy Bear Toss in December; Pucks & Paws, Blades for Grades, Cancer Awareness, Military and Scout Nights in January, a book drive in February and much more.

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL. Opening Night for the 2012-13 season is October 12 at home against the Greenville Road Warriors. For information on promotions, team events or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com.

What The Titans Have…And What They Don’t

September 22, 2012

Devils prospect Maxime Clermont could be in a Trenton Titans jersey this season (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

The list of names that have agreed to terms with the Trenton Titans this season is a surprisingly long one…

Andy Bohmbach, Adam Presizniuk, Connor Goggin, David de Kastrozza, Derrick Pallis, Ryan Grimshaw, Mitch Versteeg, Drew Akins, Alexandre Beauregard, Ryan Hayes, Jacob Drewiske, Steve Schultz, Ray DiLauro, Eric Baier, Matt Germain, Mark Armstrong, Gregor Hanson, Jim McKenzie and Andrew Conboy are all in the fold heading into training camp.

That’s 19 players for 16 active roster spots. But, if you’ll notice, none of them are goalies.

Although things may change by the time training camp rolls around, the Titans don’t have a goalie in camp. The expectation has long been that the Flyers will send a contracted goalie to Trenton, and that the Devils very well might as well, especially given that they did not renew their affiliation with Kalamazoo.

On the Flyers side, Niko Hovinen and Cal Heeter would seem to be the two candidates on the Flyers side. More than likely, it’ll be Scott Munroe and Hovinen splitting time in Adirondack, which would send Heeter down to the ECHL.

Heeter, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State by the Flyers in March, played in 69 games for OSU over the last two seasons of his collegiate career and put up his career year in 2010-11. He won a career-high 15 games and posted career-bests in GAA (2.30) and save percentage (.923).

The Devils have four goalies they need to find spots for. Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee, Scott Wedgewood and Maxime Clermont are all under contract in New Jersey, and Frazee and Clermont could find themselves as the odd men out.

Frazee started his career in Trenton in 2008-09, joining the Trenton Devils at the start of the year and then coming back for the postseason. He’s been in the AHL ever since, and has earned a few call-ups to the NHL without ever getting to see any action.

Clermont spent the majority of his first pro season with Kalamazoo in the ECHL last year, and posted a 3.42 ERA and .891 save percentage in 31 games. He also got into two games with AHL Albany as well.

As of now, a Heeter-Clermont tandem would make a lot of sense in Trenton going into the 2012-13 season.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Titans Trade Another

September 20, 2012

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – The Trenton Titans, members of the ECHL and proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, have announced the trade of forward Denny Kearney to the Utah Grizzlies for future considerations.

A native of Hanover, NH, Kearney (6-1, 195) is a Yale graduate who played six games with Springfield in the AHL, after a four-year career with the Bulldogs in 2010-11.

Kearney played 33 games for Trenton last year before an arm injury ended his season. He registered 4 goals, 12 assists, 11 PIM and a plus-5 rating with the Titans.

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL. Opening Night for the 2012-13 season is October 12 at home against the Greenville Road Warriors. For information on team events or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com.

New National Hockey Blog

September 19, 2012

Just wanted to let y’all know about my new blog, 5 For Writing.  That’s where I’ll be covering national hockey stories…I’m also working on having a regular column in The Trentonian as well, all separate from my regular Trenton Titans coverage, which does not change because of this.

Please check out 5FW here, and let me know what you think…

Thanks,

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Syvret Traded To Alaska

September 19, 2012

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – The Trenton Titans, members of the ECHL and proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, have announced the trade of defenseman Corey Syvret to the Alaska Aces for future considerations.

A native of Millgrove, Ontario, Canada, Syvret (6-2, 195, Shoots L) was a sixth round (#181 overall) selection of the Florida Panthers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Syvret came to the Titans last season after a year with the Kalamazoo Wings and brief stint in the AHL with Rochester. For Trenton He played 59 games, recording 10 points (4 G, 6 A), 18 PIM and a minus-11 rating. Syvret also saw time in the AHL, called up by the Portland Pirates for three games. In his ECHL career, Syvret has 66 PIM, a minus-11 rating and those 10 points in 87 games.

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL. Opening Night for the 2012-13 season is October 12 at home against the Greenville Road Warriors. For information on team events or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com.

Titans Add Conboy

September 18, 2012

Apparently, the player signings aren’t quite done in Trenton. The Titans have signed 24-year-old winger Andrew Conboy to a contract. If the last name sounds familiar, his older brother, Tim, has played in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Conboy was the Montreal Canadiens fifth round draft choice in 2007, and the 6-foot-4, 200 pounder has spent the last 3 1/2 seasons in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs. His best year came in 2010-11, when he tallied career highs in goals (13), assists (10), points (23), penalty minutes (116) and plus/minus (3) all while playing in all 20 postseason games for Hamilton.

Conboy did play collegiately at Michigan State for one season, but it was not without incident. He’s perhaps best known for a retaliatory play on Michigan’s Steven Kampfer, who had just knocked down teammate Corey Tropp with a check. Conboy’s actions, as well as Tropp’s subsequent stick work, got both of them suspended for the rest of the season.

But he did make steady progress with the Canadiens since the incident, and played in the NHL preseason as recently as two seasons ago. He played just ten games for Hamilton last season due to injury, and is looking to kickstart his career in the capital city.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com