Sunday, October 01, 2006

Soo Indians players come from all over

The Soo Indians may be based in Michigan and play in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, but they feature players from six different states and the province of Ontario.

The Indians feature two homegrown products in Michigan Soo natives J.D. King and Daren Mansfield, as well as a lone import from the crossriver Canadian Soo in winger Dan Vernelli. King is a defenceman and Mansfield is a forward.

Besides those three, the rest of the team is from just about all over. In fact, the Indians' goalies are from three different states -- Elliot Hogue hails from St. Louis, Missouri, Brennan Poderzay calls Tower, Minnesota home and Jake Rosenthal is from Wantagh, N.Y.

Others from Michigan include defencemen Dan Klever (Bailey), Jake Russell (Owosso), and Brett Lavalley (Grosse Pointe Woods) and forwards Darek Thocker (Grand Ledge), Jon Sutton (Muskegon), James Ciotti (Romeo), Alex Falardeau (Midland) and Issac Viau (Cheboygan).

New York natives include defenceman Billy Horton (New Hartford) and forwards Alex Durinka (East Amherst) and Mike Connolly (Shoreham).

Others from Minnesota include forwards J.P. Perpich (Bloomington), Nick Zilka (Mound) and Joe Larson (Apple Valley).

Players from Illinois include defencemen Peter Landem (Lombard) and Sean Reid (Chicago) and forwards Chris Cooper (Glenview), Sean Farley (Park Ridge) and Paul Isleib (Batavia).

And the Indians have two players from Wisconsin: defenceman Nick Novak, who hails from Green Bay, and winger Andrew Rammer, who calls Appleton home.

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