Sunday, August 13, 2006

Marquette adds forward, goalie, defenseman

Forward Matt Tinordi, goalie Matt Brooker and defenseman Iiro Junnila were recently added to the inaugural Marquette Rangers roster.

"Matt Tinordi brings a great work ethic, good hockey sense and a physical element to the Rangers," Rangers' head coach Leigh Mendelson said. "As the season goes on, his offensive skills will emerge."

Tinordi formerly played for the Washington Junior Capitals.

The second part of the goaltending tandem also comes from the Washington Junior Capitals in Brooker.

"Matt Brooker is a young, athletic goaltender with a big upside," noted Mendelson. "He will develop very well and learn quickly as Stephen Ritter's understudy."

While playing for the Washington Jr. Capitals in 2005-2006, both Tinordi and Brooker were coached by Mark Tinordi, a 12-year veteran of the NHL.

As for the first of two import-players expected to be on the roster in Junnila, Mendelson raved about his new Finn.

"Iiro is a physical defenseman who comes from a very good program in Rauma," said Mendelson. "With his size and strength, we are looking forward to his contributions on both sides of the ice."

The 2006-2007 season begins with the Rangers Tailgate Party for the team and public on Aug. 23 at Lakeview Arena starting at 5:00p.m.

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