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Legionnaires Unveil Veteran Roster

tuesday september 9, 2014

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires will unveil a lineup filled with veterans when they open their regular season tonight. No less than 15 players have Jr. 'B' hockey experience.

They include goalie Hunter Johnson, defencemen Tyler Prong, Brad Campbell and P. J. Vandervaart.

Up front, returning forwards include Bob King, Nathan Mater, Cody Trowell, Riley Roberts, Davis Boyer, Brandon Layman, Riley Babkirk and Jordan Fogarty, all of whom wore Legionnaire colours last winter.

The other vets are Ryan Trottier and Kyler Keating, both obtained this past week in trades with the Lambton Shores Predators.

Trottier, (left photo) the number two point-getter for the Preds last season, was picked up for what the Legionnaires are calling 'future considerations.'

"He's a big, strong, power forward who adds some size up front,” head coach Dan Rose said.

Trottier, a 19-year-old going into his fourth junior campaign, picked up 29 points in 34 games with the Preds last winter. Included in his totals were 16 powerplay points. He also amassed 60 minutes in penalties.

The Petrolia native stands 6'1 and weighs in at 190 pounds.

Trottier, a draft pick of the OHL's Barrie Colts, said he hopes to become a more prolific scorer with the Legionnaires. “A point a game would be nice, that's what I'll strive for.”

Asked to describe his style, the Lambton Central Collegiate graduate said, “I'm a big body forward who can get the puck in deep and grind and bang. I also like to contribute offensively when I can.”

Trottier usually collects three times as many assists as goals, something he says doesn't bother him in the least. “It doesn't matter who scores, as long as we win.”

And he expects to do plenty of winning with the Legionnaires because they have so much experience. “We should make a Sutherland Cup run here in Sarnia,” he said.

Four of those vets were assigned leadership roles Monday. They include captain Nathan Mater and assistant captains Kyler Keating, Jay Clarke and Tyler Prong.

The Legionnaires open their schedule tonight when they host the defending champion Leamington Flyers. Game time at Sarnia Arena is set for 7:10 p.m.

Other players who are expected to dress tonight include newcomers Sam McCormack, Tyler Longo, Cameron Clarke and Cornel Felder.

A couple more players could be added to the lineup next week when the Sarnia Sting OHL team trims its roster size.





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