Monday, February 01, 2010

Marquette trades for Alpena's McCusker

Fans of the Marquette Rangers won’t have Alpena captain Jimmy McCusker to yell at any longer as the fourth-year forward has been traded from the IceDiggers to the Rangers and will be in Kenny Miller's lineup this weekend.

“We’ve been working this one for awhile,” Miller said Monday. “Jimmy’s a team guy who will do really whatever we ask of him. He’s a player who’s been in this league for a long time, so he knows what is expected of him. He’s got the ability to do all the things we need, from killing penalties to putting pressure on the opponent in their zone, to putting the puck in the net.

"He adds a dimension that really fits into our plan of success.”

In return for McCusker, the Rangers sent forward Danny Wood to Alpena.

Miller added that since he and McCucker were also together during the coach’s time in Alpena, the transition to the Rangers should be quite easy.

“We know each other very well from before, he knows what I want and I know what he brings so I’m confident he’ll jump right in and help us down the stretch," Miller said.

So far this season, McCusker has played in 32 games and scored 19 points on six goals and 13 assists to go along with 55 penalty minutes. During his tenure in Alpena, the Novi native had 118 points on 50 goals and 68 helpers in just over 3 1/2 seasons.

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