Thursday, January 10, 2008

Spirit adds Junior B leading scorer Neily

The Saginaw Spirit acquired forward Zane Neily today from the Brantford Golden Eagles.

Neily is the leading scorer in the Mid-Western Junior B Hockey League and will join the Spirit later this season.

“Zane has great enthusiasm and is a diligent worker,” stated Spirit GM Don Edwards. “He is a gifted goal scorer and will certainly add to the offense of the Spirit.”

The 1989-born Neily was selected by the Guelph Storm in the fifth round of the 2005 OHL Priority Selection as the 87th overall pick. This season in 31 games played for the Golden Eagles, Neily has tallied 23 goals and 33 assists. His success made him the Mid-Western Junior Hockey League Player of the Month in October.

Neily has also spent time with the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League and the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. In the 2006-2007 season with the Sea Dogs, he notched two goals and two assists in eight games played.

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