The club has signed forwards Keegan Allison, Chris Thorimbert and Keaton Longpre, defenseman Nolan Nicholas and goalie Brett Lewchuk to player cards in the past week. All five 1995-born players attended the Bruins spring prospects camp and were among the top players throughout the three-day camp.
Allison, Thorimbert and Lewchuk are all coming off of strong seasons with the Saskatoon Blazers of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. Allison finished the year with 50 points (26 goals and 24 assists) in 39 games while Thorimbert had 40 points (15 goals and 25 assists) in 43 games.
Lewchuk had a record of 12 and 8 for the Blazers to go along with a goals-against-average of 2.50, which was fifth best in the SMAAAHL.
Both Longpre and Nicholas were key players on a Thunder Bay Major Midget AAA Kings team that hosted the Telus Cup Western Regionals in April. Longpre finished his midget AAA career with 78 points in 125 games.
Nicholas also enjoyed a strong midget AAA career with 66 points in 126 games.
“We’re very excited to have signed these five players,” said Bruins Head Coach and General Manager Chris Lewgood. “They will be a big part of the Bruins’ long-term success and will also be able to contribute right away. Not only do all five of these players play at a strong level, they are also high character guys.”
The Estevan Bruins are proud to also announce that Bienfait product Lynnden Pastachak has signed a player card.
The 17-year-old forward spent the past two seasons with the Yorkton Harvest of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League. In the 2012-2013 season Pastachak finished fifth in league scoring with 58 points in 42 games. In the 2011-2012 season he had 31 points in 42 games.
Bruins head coach and general manager Chris Lewgood says the club is excited to have signed a player of Pastachak's caliber, adding the fact he is a local product made the signing all the more special.
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