Friday, September 01, 2006

Bence added to IceDiggers' roster

The Alpena IceDiggers announced today they have acquired forward Kerry Bence from the St. Louis Bandits for a 2007 draft pick.

Bence played with the Texarkana Bandits last season before the team moved to St Louis for the upcoming campaign.

The 6-foot, 195-pound St. Clair native will add a strong work ethic and toughness head coach Kenny Miller is looking for.

"Kerry is a great addition to our club," Miller said. "He is a veteran player on a team that already has several veterans with NAHL experience. He will fit in really well with our team and I am very happy to have him with us."

Bence played in 33 games last season netting three goals and 10 points with Texarkana. Bence and his new teammates will play his former club at the NAHL Showcase on Saturday, September 16. He played the 2004-05 season with the Belle Tire major midgets.

"I am really looking forward to playing in Alpena and helping the team," Bence said. "With the guys we have here already I would expect us to have a great season. We have a lot of guys with experience in this locker room. I am excited about this season."

With Bence joining the team, it brings the roster to the maximum 25 players that USA Hockey allows in Tier II junior hockey.

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