Thursday, August 05, 2010

Warriors get pair of Tier III champions

Two more members of the Tier III Junior A national champion St. Louis Jr. Blues have signed to play in the North American Hockey League this season as Ryan Trenz and Patrick Gregory have signed with the Michigan Warriors.

"Kevin Carlyle (Michigan assistant coach) sent me a text on Saturday during their final camp and he was very excited about both Ryan and Patrick," said former St. Louis coach Jack Behan. "In my mind, this will be a great fit for both Ryan and Patrick. The Michigan area is in the top recruiting area for Division I schools looking in the NAHL.

"Warriors head coach Moe Mantha is going to be a huge asset for both these players careers. As a former NHL'er and U.S. National Development coach, to go along with an impressive pro coaching resume, that will give him a lot of collegiate coaches' ears just by picking up the phone."

Both players were impact players in the Jr. Blues national run.

"Ryan was definitely our most improved player this past year and we will always remember his bomb that beat New Hampshire in the national semi-finals," remembered Behan. "Patrick probably was our most improved forward. Neither his shorthanded snipe nor his brilliant pass on the game-winning goal in the national championship game against South Shore will be forgotten.

"Both players were pivotal in our national championship and both players are off the chart in character and competitiveness. I am very proud of these two and wish them continued great success."

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