YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio– The Youngstown Phantoms have signed free agent forward Brent Norris, Head Coach Anthony Noreen announced today. Norris, 18, joins the Phantoms from the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League, where he led the team with 41 goals last season. He is expected to make his debut tonight when the Phantoms host the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at 7:15 p.m. EST in the Covelli Centre.
Norris, a native of Ottawa, Ont., is committed to Providence College in Rhode Island for the 2012-13 season. He was originally selected by Cedar Rapids with their 16th-round pick (240th overall) in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft, but was released after the preseason.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound right wing is expected to add another dynamic scoring presence to the Phantoms offensive arsenal. Norris’ 41 goals last year were the second most in the entire Central Canada Hockey League and in two seasons with the Raiders he racked up 60G-56A-116PTS to go along with 34 penalty minutes in 116 games.
“Brent is a natural goal-scorer with very good offensive instincts,” Noreen said. “We’ve talked about how we need to start getting some more secondary scoring and we feel like he can provide that for us.
In a separate transaction, the Phantoms dealt defenseman Justin Stevens to the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League for financial considerations. The city of Pembroke, Ont., is located on the eastern border of the province, along the Ottawa River.
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