Monday, August 03, 2009

Jets sign local talent Magnan

A Waterford native is coming home to play for the Metro Jets.

Josh Magnan, a 19-year-old forward, signed with the Jets after last weekend’s tryout camp at Lakeland Arena and will join fellow Waterford-area natives Steve Lockwood, David Merkle and Tim Hooker on the team this season.

Magnan already has a year of junior hockey under his belt as he tallied eight goals and 35 points in 42 games with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League last season. Magnan was also second on the team with 103 penalty minutes.

Two seasons ago, he played high school hockey for Waterford Kettering.

“Josh is an edgy player with a good skill set,” said Metro GM Butch Wolfe. “We look forward to him contributing to what is shaping up to a much-improved start this year.”

Jets assistant coach Ryan Skop offered his take on Magnan’s signing.

“‘Mags’ is a big addition for us,” said Skop. “He’s a guy who plays the game with an edge, has a good set of paws and can put the puck in the net. He isn’t the biggest guy out there (5-foot-11, 155 pounds), but he definitely plays bigger than his size. He gives us another weapon that our opponents will have to account for. We’re very excited to have Josh with us this year.”

Next up for the Jets is training camp, scheduled to start next Monday at Lakeland Arena.

“We’ll go hard for two weeks and get these guys back on the ice, working the kinks out, get their feet going, get them in our system and hit the ground running,” Skop said. “It’ll give us a good chance to evaluate these guys on a day-to-day basis, how they work, how hard we can push them, and we’ll see just how much they’re willing to give.”

Metro starts the 2009-2010 season on Sat. Sept. 12 at home against the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Game time is 7:40 p.m.

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