New Faces at Worcester Sharks camp
TRAINING CAMP 2013: SHARKS GET FRESH MEAT
By Darcy Hamilton
The Worcester Sharks hit the ice on September 24 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA for the start of training camp. In addition to the players already on contract, there are 12 new players battling for roster spots. Here is a little background information on each new player hoping to earn a place here in Worcester;
Kris Belan: Coming off a strong 2012-13 season with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls, left wing Kris Belan looks to make a more permanent home in the AHL, after playing for eight games with the Manchester Monarchs last season. Belan has been skating since he was three years old, and has a lot of valuable experience under his belt. Before attending college at the University of Guelph, Belan spent time in the OHL with the London Knights and Oshawa Generals. By the end of his time with the Guelph Gryphons, he led the team in scoring, received the Jack Pos Intercollegiate Hockey Award for Most Valuable Player, and was named team captain. We look forward to seeing Belan’s physical presence on Worcester ice. In the event that Belan doesn’t make the Sharks, he is signed to a contract with the Bulls.
Louie Caporusso: Caporusso comes to Worcester after spending the 2012-13 season splitting time with Binghamton Senators and the Elmira Jackals. Caporusso was selected with the 90th pick of the NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, and went on to play for the University of Michigan for four successful seasons. In addition to being named alternate captain during his time at Michigan, Caporusso also garnered a reputation as a “love expert”. In a video sponsored by Michigan’s Athletic Department, Caporusso demonstrates the necessary tools to a perfect Valentine’s Day. The video went viral and ultimately landed Louie an interview on ESPN2’s “First Take” with Dana Jacobsen. Maybe he can give his new teammates some pointers. Click here to watch the Valentine’s Day video. Caporussuo is currently signed to a contract with the ECHL’s Reading Royals, the 2012-13 winners of the Kelly Cup.
Brett Findlay: Brett arrives in Worcester after triumphing over a slow start in his last season in junior hockey with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes. Leading off the 2012-13 season Findlay struggled to find his groove, and considered leaving the Petes to attend school. Instead, Findlay continued to grind and found great success in the second half of the season. Findlay was named alternate captain and ultimately led the Petes in goals, assists and points. He also took home the Outboard Marine Veteran’s Trophy for Sportsmanship. He finished the 2012-13 season with the San Francisco Bulls, and is looking to leave a lasting impression in Worcester. Findlay is currently signed to a contract with the Bulls.
Luke Judson: Judson is a right wing fresh off a season of college hockey with Lakehead University. Prior to his time at Lakehead, Judson spent five years in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls, experience that is sure to be valuable in his first AHL tryout. Though given his pick of the top hockey schools in Canada, Judson chose Lakehead due to its proximity to his hometown of Emo, Ontario. In his year at Lakehead, Judson was the top scorer, a title he was accustomed to from his time in Belleville, where he netted the most goals on the team from 2009-11. If Judson does not make the Sharks, he will return to San Francisco.
Christian Ouellet: Ouellet comes to Worcester along with fellow San Francisco Bulls teammates, Kris Belan and Brett Findlay, after a successful rookie season split between the Bulls and the Gwinnett Gladiators. During the Bulls playoff run last year, Ouellet led the team in assists. He is considered by Bulls president and head coach Pat Curcio to be a threat on both ends of the ice, making important plays both offensively and defensively. Ouellet is currently signed to a contract with the Bulls.
Danick Paquette: Paquette was drafted with the 64th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets). In 2011, Paquette was traded from the Jets to the Washington Capitals. He spent time in the ECHL before moving up to the AHL with the Hershey Bears. However, shortly after joining the Bears, Paquette broke his arm in an exhibition game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was forced onto the injured list. After fighting his way back and rebuilding his game with the Reading Royals, Paquette played in two Bears games before again being placed on the injured list, this time with an injured hand. This season, he looks to put his injury woes behind him with a shot at playing for the Sharks. Paquette will play for the San Francisco Bulls if he does not secure a spot with the Sharks.
Marc Zanette: Zanette hopes to make his professional debut with the Worcester Sharks after completing four seasons with Niagara University. Zanette was consistently among the top scorers for Niagara, and was also extremely useful on the other side of the ice, seeing ample time on the penalty kill. In his last year with Niagara, Zanette received the Atlantic Hockey Association Defensive Forward of the Year Award. Zanette is currently signed with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.
Connor Goggin: Goggin arrives in Worcester after spending the 2012-13 season with the ECHL’s Trenton Titans. Connor already has experience in the AHL, as he spent some time with the Rockford IceHogs during the 2011-12 season after four seasons at Dartmouth College. During his time at Dartmouth, Goggin gained a reputation as a physical player with great stick skills and strong leadership ability. He was named Assistant Captain for the 2011-12 season, and in that season led the defensive unit in scoring.
Ryan Palmer: Palmer comes to Worcester hoping to be a hometown hero. Palmer attended high school at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School where he played hockey under his father, Coach Paul Palmer. Palmer played with the University of Connecticut Huskies for two years before moving on to the CHL. This will be Palmer’s eight professional season. Palmer, 30, is one of the oldest players to try out for the Sharks this season. Palmer is known as a player that adds physicality and stability to his team.
Tyler Beskorowany: Beskorowany, a 6-5 Sudbury, Ontario native, was selected with the 59th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry draft by the Dallas Stars. He has spent time in the OHL, AHL and ECHL, most recently with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. Currently, Beskorowany is signed to a contract with the San Francisco Bulls. Bull’s President and Head Coach Pat Curcio describes Beskorowany as an elite goaltender with exceptional size and skill. Beskorowany represented the Idaho Steelheads at the 2010-11 ECHL All Star Game and shows true NHL potential.
Three of the new players joining us in Worcester have already been signed to two-way AHL/ECHL contracts for the 2013-14 season. Here is a little background information on them!
Ryan McDonough: This will be McDonough’s first season of hockey back in North America, as he spent the last five years overseas, starting with the EC Salzburg Red Bulls of Austria before going to the Landshut Cannibals, in Germany. For the 2010-11 season he traveled to Italy to play with Valpellice before ending up back in Germany for the last two seasons with the Hannover Indians. In fact, this will be McDonough’s first time playing for a North American professional team. Before going to Europe, McDonough played in the OHL, spending one year with the Sudbury Wolves and four years with the Saginaw Spirit. In his last year with the Spirit, McDonough was named co-captain and scored 45 goals, a team record.
Collin Bowman: Over the course of his seven year career, defenseman Colin Bowman has played with several teams in the WHL where he achieved great success. Bowman finished his time in the WHL with two consecutive 40-plus point seasons. Bowman started his professional career last season with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, his hometown team. In his rookie season Bowman scored 11 goals, the most of any defenseman on the team. Bowman’s brother, Drayson, is a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Steven Tarasuk: Like Ryan McDonough, Tarasuk will also be coming to Worcester after playing abroad in Germany. Tarasuk, a defenseman, spent the 2012-13 season with the Lausitzer Foxes. Prior to his time in Germany, Tarasuk played in the OHL, ECHL and AHL. Tarasuk played 135 games in the ECHL, accumulating 12 goals, 51 assists and 63 points. This will be Tarasuk’s fourth professional season. During the offseason, Tarasuk is part owner of EnvisionHockey, a youth hockey training camp in Ontario.
Look for all of these fresh faces on Tuesday the 24th at the kickoff of Sharks training camp. Players will have a chance to prove themselves at the first exhibition game September 25 when the Sharks take on the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT. Check out www.sharksahl.com to stay up to date with Sharks Training Camp and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WorcesterSharks.