YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms have acquired veteran forward Soren Jonzzon from the Tri-City Storm in exchange for a third-round pick in next summer’s United States Hockey League Entry Draft Head Coach and General Manager Anthony Noreen announced today. Jonzzon, who turns 20 on Dec. 10, led the Storm in scoring last season with 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points, while playing in all 60 games.
“Soren is a veteran guy, who’s had success scoring in this league for three years now,” Noreen said. “He gives us legitimate depth scoring-wise and we can use him in any role. We’re excited to have him in this group.”
New Phantoms forward Soren Jonzzon
Jonzzon (pronounced Yawn-son) has a goal and nine assists in 21 games this season and has amassed 68 points in 129 career USHL games with the Waterloo Black Hawks and Tri-City. Before beginning his USHL career, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward from Mountain View, Calif., scored 21 goals for the North American Hockey League’s St. Louis Bandits en route to the capturing 2008-2009 Robertson Cup.
Noreen said that Jozzon’s experience and elite offensive skills will be a welcome boost to the Phantoms’ forward corps and the power play unit.
“He’s a true playmaker and a guy who can contribute on our power play,” he said. “This is a guy who’s been there before – he’s won a championship. He hasn’t had much success in the last few years but he’s hungry to get back to that.”
In a separate transaction, the Phantoms dealt forward Brent Norris back to his hometown Nepean (Ontario) Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations. He scored a pair of goals and an assist in 15 games with the Phantoms this season.
“Brent is a great guy and he is going to be missed,” Noreen said. “We wish him nothing but the best in the future. He’s a guy who I know will have a very good junior career and a good college career as well.”
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