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Following last week's training camp practices and two preseason games over the weekend, the Monsters announced their official roster on Monday.  Eight players were released, leaving the opening night roster set at 28.  The team will begin its sixth season in Cleveland this Friday, October 12th against the Oklahoma City Barons at Quicken Loans Arena (7:30 p.m.).

Following last week's training camp practices and two preseason games over the weekend, the Monsters announced their official roster on Monday.  Eight players were released, leaving the opening night roster set at 28.  The team will begin its sixth season in Cleveland this Friday, October 12th against the Oklahoma City Barons at Quicken Loans Arena (7:30 p.m.).

 

NO.

LAST

FIRST

POS

AGE

DOB

HGT

WGT

BIRTHPLACE

LAST YRS CLUB

2

Chouinard

Joel

D

22

4.8.90

6'1

190

Longueuil, QC

Lake Erie,AHL

6

Stollery

Karl

D

24

11.21.87

5'11

175

Camrose,AB

Merrimack,HE/Lake Erie,AHL

7

van der Gulik

David

LW

29

4.20.83

5'11

185

Abbotsford, BC

Colorado,NHL/Lake Erie,AHL

8

Goers

Barry

D

26

6.14.86

5'9

175

Ivyland,PA

Las Vegas,ECHL/Lake Erie,AHL

10

MacQueen

Jamie

LW

24

8.2.88

6'1

195

London,ON

Bemidji,WCHA/Lake Erie,AHL

11

Agozzino

Andrew

C

21

1.3.91

5'10

190

Kleinburg, ON

Niagara,OHL

16

Walker

Geoff

RW

24

12.9.87

6'3

225

Charlottetown,PEI

Wilkes Barre,AHL

17

Wilson

Ben

C

21

3.26.91

5'10

180

Calgary,AB

Lake Erie,AHL/Allen,CHL

18

Connolly

Mike

C

23

7.3.89

5'11

175

Calgary,AB

Colorado,NHL/Lake Erie,AHL

20

Lerg

Bryan

LW

26

1.20.86

5'10

175

Livonia,MI

Wilkes Barre,AHL

22

Pock

Thomas

D

31

12.2.81

6'2

205

Klagenfurt,Austria

Modo,SEL

23

Strong

Dean

RW

27

7.17.85

5'8

190

Mississauga,ON

Kalamazoo,ECHL/Lake Erie,AHL

24

Gaunce

Cameron

D

22

3.19.90

6'1

190

Markham,ON

Lake Erie,AHL

26

Tassone

Matt

C

23

9.28.89

6'2

200

St.Albert,AB

Ontario,ECHL

28

Carey

Paul

LW

24

9.24.88

6'1

190

Weymouth,MA

Lake Erie,AHL/Boston College, HE

29

Thomas

Bill

RW

29

6.20.83

6'2

195

Pittsburgh,PA

Florida,NHL/San Antonio,AHL

30

Aittokallio

Sami

G

20

8.6.92

6'1

175

Tampere, Finland

Ilves, Tampere, FIN

31

Pickard

Calvin

G

20

4.15.92

6'0

196

Winnipeg,BC

Seattle,WHL/Lake Erie,AHL

37

Sullivan

Sean

D

28

3.29.84

6'0

190

Boston,MA

Worcester/San Antonio ,AHL

38

Hishon

Joey

C

19

10.20.91

5'10

175

Stratford,ON

N/A

40

Olver

Mark

C

24

1.1.88

5'10

185

Burnaby,BC

Colorado,NHL/Lake Erie,AHL

41

Barrie

Tyson

D

21

7.26.91

5'10

195

Victoria,BC

Colorado,NHL/Lake Erie,AHL

42

Malone

Brad

C

23

5.20.89

6'1

210

Miramichi,NB

Colorado,NHL/Lake Erie,AHL

43

Sgarbossa

Michael

C

20

7.25.92

5'11

165

Campbellville,ON

Sudbury,OHL

45

Walker

Luke

RW

22

2.19.90

6'1

175

Castlegar, BC

Lake Erie,AHL

46

Elliott

Stefan

D

21

1.30.91

6'1

180

Vancouver,BC

Colorado,NHL/Lake Erie,AHL

48

Heard

Mitchell

C

20

3.12.92

6'0

175

Bowmanville,ON

Plymouth,OHL

58

Bordeleau

Patrick

LW

26

3.23.86

6'6

230

Montreal,QC

Lake Erie,AHL

Some notes on the roster include:

  • 17 of the 28 players spent time with the Monsters at some point last season
  • Of those, Patrick Bordeleau has been with the team the longest; 2012-13 will be his fourth season with the Monsters
  • Six of those 17 played in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche last season (Connolly, van der Gulik, Barrie, Olver, Malone, Elliott)
  • Newcomer Bill Thomas also played in the NHL with the Florida Panthers
  • Four players spent last season with other AHL teams (G. Walker – WBS; Lerg – WBS; Thomas – SA; Sullivan – WOR/SA)
  • Four players were in the lower minor leagues last season (Goers – Las Vegas/ECHL; Wilson – Allen/CHL; Strong – Kalamazoo/ECHL; Tassone – Ontario/ECHL)
  • Four players were in juniors last season (Agozzino – Niagara/OHL; Pickard – Seattle/WHL; Sgarbossa – Sudbury/OHL; Heard – Plymouth/OHL)
  • Two players spent last season competing overseas (Pock – Sweden; Aittokallio – Finland)
  • Three players were in college last season (Stollery – Merrimack; MacQueen – Bemidji; Carey – Boston College), all of whom played for the Monsters at the end of last season when they finished their collegiate schedule
  • There are 21 Canadian-born players, five US-born, one from Finland (Aittokallio) and one from Austria (Pock)
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