Friday, April 27, 2007

Alpena tenders defenseman Gulch

The Alpena IceDiggers announced today that defenseman JC Gulch has signed a tender contract for the 2007-2008 season.

Gulch has spent the past two seasons with the Toledo Cherokee of the CSHL, the Junior B affiliate of the IceDiggers. During this past season, Gulch led Cherokee defensemen in scoring with 11 goals and 33 assists for a total of 44 points in 43 games. In the postseason, the Temperance native dressed in all six games tallying a goal and two assists for three points.

"JC was a top defensemen in the CSHL last year and will be a solid guy on the blue line for us," said Alpena head coach Kenny Miller. "He has the ability to be a stay-home defenseman and also contribute in the offensive end as well."

The 18-year-old visited Alpena during the regular season and made his choice to join the IceDiggers shortly after.

"JC had teams in the NAHL showing interest in him and we're happy he decided on Alpena," added Miller. "He will be a big part of our hockey club."

Gulch's teammate with the Cherokee, Tyler Pilmore, also signed to play in Alpena next season. Gulch joins Pilmore, Dan Pason (Little Caesars AAA) and Jonathon Puskar (Compuware AAA) as newcomers for the 2007-2008 season.

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