The Ice Flyers announced three additions to their preseason roster today in rookie forwards Jacob Johnstone, Nick Campanale, and Jake Johnson. All three finished up their collegiate careers playing for NCAA Division I institutions last season.
Johnstone is a 5' 11", 190 lbs. native of Grand Ledge, Michigan. During his four-year career at Michigan Tech in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Johnstone appeared in 136 games putting up 20 goals, 30 assists, 32 penalty minutes, and a -25. His plus/minus is a little worrisome but the Huskies peaked as an average squad while he was there and were in the bottom half of the league for three of his four years, including dead last his freshman year. He'll attend training camp with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals prior to coming to Pensacola.
Campanale comes from American International College in the Atlantic Hockey Association. He stand's 6' 1", weighs 185 lbs., and is a native of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. He was an assistant captain for the Yellow Jackets as a senior. During his four-year stint with AIC, he appeared in 122 games and had 2 goals, 8 assists, 67 penalty minutes, and a -53. Campanale is the brother of former Ice Flyer Chris Campanale.
Johnson's signing means yet another Duluth, Minnesota native is joining the Ice Flyers. He's on the small side at 5' 8" and 170 lbs. but he prides himself on being a blue-collar, defensive type of player. In four years with the WCHA's Northern Michigan University Wildcats, he played in 86 games and had 7 goals, 3 assists, just 9 penalty minutes, and was a -6.
I expect that Ice Flyers head coach Rod Aldoff will look for these guys to battle it out and fight for roles on a tenacious third line. It's entirely possible that none of these guys will make the team as players are cut and make their way down from ECHL and Central Hockey League training camps.
Geoff Nichols | October 1, 2014