Ice Flyers add defenseman Phil Tesoriero

The Pensacola Ice Flyers have announced the signing of defenseman Phil Tesoriero. Tesoriero makes the fourth announced defenseman for the Ice Flyers' 2014 training camp roster.

The 5' 9", 161 lbs. native of Boulder, Colorado split his college career NCAA Division III University of Minnesota-Crookston and ACHA Davenport University, where he was a teammate of former Ice Flyers Adam Kuhn and Kevin Brojek during the 2010-11 season. Tesoriero spent the last two seasons playing for the Central Hockey League's Denver Cutthroats, including last season's run to the Ray Miron Cup final with former Ice Flyer goalie John Griggs. He appeared in 59 regular season games last year and had 7 assists, 34 penalty minutes, and an even plus/minus. In 16 playoff contests, he added 1 assist, 8 penalty minutes, and was a -3.

Given his size, I'd expect Tesoriero to posses fine defense skill and instincts as well as positioning since he lacks size to overpower opposing forwards. All the video I've found on him is of fights and he seems to have a bit of scrappiness to him but it is not his primary weapon (only 34 PIM). He doesn't bring much offense with him but head coach Rod Aldoff's scheme doesn't really call for it and there's already a decent amount of offensive presence on the back-end with the likes of Jeremy Gates and Drew Baker.

Tesoriero makes it 12 announced signees along with Drew Akins, Joe Bueltel, Keegan Flaherty, Mitchell Good, Brett Lutes, Adam Pawlick, Max Tardy, Baker, Gates, Cooper Rush, and Max Strang.

By Geoff Nichols

Drew Akins and Cooper Rush Sign with Ice Flyers

PENSACOLA, FL. (September 16, 2014) - The Pensacola Ice Flyers bring experienced forward Drew Akins and rookie defenseman Cooper Rush into their lineup for the 2014-15 season. 

At 5'11, 185 lbs, Minnesota native Akins is also a University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs hockey alumni along with Ice Flyers forwards Keegan Flaherty, Max Tardy and Head Coach Rod Aldoff. He was a member of the 2008-09 WCHA Conference Championship team, 2009-10 All-Academic team and was captain for the Bulldogs his senior year. Following NCAA Division I college hockey, Akins has played in the ECHL, CHL and is coming off a remarkable season in the Polish Elite League (19 goals, 17 assists with a +9 plus/minus rating in 37 games). 

"Drew is an experienced player who can bring not only work ethic to every shift, but skill as well," Aldoff stated. "He had a great season in the Polish Elite League where I believe he gained a tremendous amount of confidence in his game. He is a great person off the ice and I believe he will fit into our organization real well."

Standing at 6'6 and weighing 220 lbs, Rush is a big-bodied, Canadian defenseman originally from Burlington, Ontario. He has spent his past five seasons playing Junior "A" hockey between the CCHL, OJHL and BCHL where he had the most experience playing 90 games with 13 goals, 30 assists and 92 penalty minutes. He and coach Aldoff have previously crossed paths. 

"I was very impressed with Cooper when I coached him for a prospect game in junior," Aldoff commented. "He skates very well and plays all aspects of the game. He's a young guy starting his pro career, but I believe he will be a force out there as he grows with experience." 

Goalie Max Strang Joins Ice Flyers

PENSACOLA, FL. (September 11, 2014) - Goalie Max Strang joins the back-to-back SPHL champions and 2013-14 regular season champions, Pensacola Ice Flyers, for the 2014-15 season. 

"I'm very excited to be joining the Pensacola Ice Flyers and look forward to carrying on the organization's reputation for success, professionalism and community involvement," Strang stated.  

"I noticed Max the first day of camp in Fort Wayne last season and I knew that he would be one of the best goalies in the SPHL if things didn't work out for him there," Head Coach Rod Aldoff said. "Max had a great year last season and I'm excited to have him coming to Pensacola." 

The 6'2" 209-lb Gilbertsville, PA native joins the Ice Flyers after completing the 2013-14 season with the Bloomington Thunder of the SPHL. He registered a 3.34 goals against average with .909 save percentage in his 23 games played with the Thunder. He was also recognized as a SPHL Player of the Week during the months of November and December. 

"Max is not only a tremendous goalie, but a great professional. His former coaches only have great things to say about his play and his attitude toward his team and the game of hockey," Aldoff commented. 

Strang was called up on separate occasions to the Ft. Wayne Komets and South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. He had a 3.40 GAA with a .869 SV% in four Komets appearances and a 2.83 GAA with a .895 SV% in seven games with the Stingrays.

He played NCAA Division I college hockey with Mercyhurst University. His junior season, Strang appeared in 34 games and had a 2.68 GAA and a .927 SV%, while in 27 games in his senior year, he had a 2.59 GAA and a .921 SV%. He was also a part of the 2006-07 USHL Clark Cup Champion Sioux Falls Stampede.

"Every player wants to win a championship and I believe that Pensacola is the best place to do so," Strang added. 

Back-to-Back Champion, Mitchell Good, re-signs with Ice Flyers

PENSACOLA, FL. (September 5, 2014) - Mitchell Good, a member of both Ice Flyers' President's Cup championship teams, is set to return back to Pensacola and go for his third consecutive SPHL title.

"I'm very excited for another start to the season in Pensacola," Good commented. "I have nothing but great memories with the team, the fans and the city." 

The 6'2", 205-pound Canadian power forward first joined the Ice Flyers late in the 2012-13 after his CIS University Cup playoff run ended early with the Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks where he was an assistant captain. He contributed in a big way as soon as he arrived, which includes opening the scoring in the deciding game of the finals. Come December of this past season, he was called up to play in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads after he and his two linemates, Joe Caveney and Paul Rodrigues, became the top three scorers in the SPHL.

"I'm excited to get a caliber player like Mitchell back to Pensacola this season," Head Coach Rod Aldoff stated. "I look for Mitchell to make a huge impact immediately and be a big part of our team. He's a tremendous person off the ice, and is a true professional." 

In 28 games that he has played during the regular season with the Ice Flyers, Good has 12 goals, 16 assists for 28 points, a plus-16 plus/minus rating and 104 penalty minutes. In his 13 playoff games, he has scored five goals, added two assists, has a plus-5 plus/minus and 41 penalty minutes.

"Our team this year has a lot of work ahead of us in our attempt to win three straight championships and I'm looking forward to giving everything I have to make it another successful season," Good added. 

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Start making plans to be a part of our Championship Celebration night on October 25th. Prior to the Ice Flyers' matchup with the Columbus Cottonmouths at 7:05pm, we'll be hosting pre-game events to commemorate the team's 2013-14 President's Cup championship including the raising of the banner ceremony. Don't miss out on this very special occasion as we celebrate our second consecutive SPHL title! 

Ice Flyers re-sign Keegan Flaherty and sign rookie Maxwell Tardy

Keegan Flaherty returns and rookie Maxwell Tardy signs with the back-to-back President's Cup Champions, Pensacola Ice Flyers.

Flaherty and Tardy were college teammates from 2010 to 2013. They played NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Minnesota - Duluth Bulldogs, the same university where Head Coach Rod Aldoff played his college hockey. Both were also a part of the 2010-11 NCAA Division I National Championship team.

"Keegan will have an impact on our team right out of the gates. He came in last year and only got better and better as the season went on and became a great pro," Aldoff stated. "Max is coming to us highly recommended. He's played a lot of good hockey over the years and I expect him to come in and be a great player in the SPHL."

Following his last year with the Bulldogs, the Ice Flyers acquired Flaherty who contributed 8 goals, 9 assists for a total of 17 points and +8 plus/minus rating in his 56 regular season games. In their 7-game championship playoff run, he scored a goal and added 2 assists.

"I couldn't be happier to be a part of this great organization for another year," Flaherty commented. "I'm really looking forward to getting back down there, having a good camp and making another run for a title."

Same as Flaherty, rookie Max Tardy is a Duluth, Minn. native, and he was a 2009 NHL draft pick of the St. Louis Blues. He played four seasons with the UMD Bulldogs, and prior to that he played one season with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, coming from the Duluth East High School hockey system.

"I have heard great things about the organization, fans and city so I'm really looking forward to beginning my professional career here," expressed Tardy.