Tyler Donati had 114 points in 67 games during the 2010 ECHL season
BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast announced the addition of prolific Ontario Hockey League and pro scorer Tyler Donati. Continue reading
Minor League Hockey Report confirmed late last week that paperwork was filed through the Central Hockey League to release Tim Boron from the Rapid City Rush. The Rush have already announced the signing of Danny Battochio and Wayne Savage. Boron is now free to sign with any team. Boron a former Central Hockey League Champion, is one of the highest profile free agents the CHL has seen this late into an off-season. While free agency happens, with teams having the ability to protect players for the upcoming season, a release into free agency for a player like Boron is rare. Boron has spent the last three and a half seasons with Rapid City, winning 83 games over that time period, the most over that time span in the Central Hockey League. Boron was one of five goalies with 30+ wins in a season over the last four years as well.
So this leaves the question, where does Tim Boron, go from here? Only Wichita, Brampton, and Missouri have not signed two or more goalies. Brampton has yet to announce a goalie signing, and Missouri and Wichita only have one signed each. Boron played with Wichita during the 2008-2009 season and for four games during the 09-10 season before being traded to the Mississippi RiverKings. Boron’s first professional season was with the Colorado Eagles, in which he led them to a Presidents Cup Championship.
Missouri has historically had high profile goaltenders, and could use the consistency between the pipes. Brampton, though only played one season, had a good combination of Kristofer Westblom and Grant Rollheiser. Rollheiser is unsigned for the upcoming season and Westblom to appears to have gone overseas. Wichita announced the re-signing of Taylor Nelson, but have yet to announce a second goaltender.
There’s no doubt about what a goalie like Tim Boron could bring to a team, but does his late release from Rapid City leave one of the best goalies in the Central Hockey League, over the last five years, without a home? One thing is for sure, whoever signs Boron will get a championship level goalie as a marquee off-season free agent signing.
Today the 30 Questions series continues with recently signed forward Andrew Hamburg. Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona the first question you ask is how and why does a youngster get involved in hockey? Andrew and his brother, Anthony, who is two years younger actually got involved in hockey because of their mother. Here is how Anthony explained it in an interview, “It’s a funny story, actually. Our dad, is not a winter athlete at all. Can’t ski, can’t skate, nothing. So, my mother went to Denver University as an under graduate, and she hung out with all the hockey guys, because she was in a sorority and, of course, they were in a fraternity. So, she just took us skating one day when I was two and a half and Andrew was about four, and ever since then we’ve been in love with hockey. So, we skated all the time, moving around to play hockey, but we’re having a great time. We are blessed with great parents, a great situation with them. They’ve helped lead us every day and have instilled a great work ethic and views and morals and all of that. They’re great people, and we love them to death, and we will do everything for them, and that’s what they’ve done for us so far. So, we will appreciate that forever.”
At their open house Saturday, the Wichita Thunder announced five more signings for the upcoming season.
Yanakeff played in 3 games with the Americans last season
The Allen Americans continued building their training camp roster by re-signing a goalie who played with the team last season.
Willie Yanakeff, has agreed to terms with the team for the coming season. Continue reading