Friday, June 02, 2006

Alpena signs Virginia native Pao

The Alpena IceDiggers have added forward Mike Pao to their 2006-2007 roster and in doing so, Pao becomes the first Virginia native to play for the IceDiggers in the franchise's six-year existence.

Pao was spotted at the EHK Showcase in Chicago where IceDiggers' coach-GM Kenny Miller was scouting. There were over 300 players at the showcase and according to Miller, Pao stood out and impressed.

"After watching Mike play one game at the showcase, I knew he could help our team," Miller said. "He is that good. As the weekend went on, he got stronger and was definitely one of the best players there. He is a big kid who can skate and has a knack for scoring goals. This is another good signing for our hockey club."

The 17-year-old Fairfax Station, Va., native was the final player tendered by Miller. Pao spent last season playing juniors in Alberta, Canada, in the Heritage Junior Hockey League.

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