10/17/2013 8:36:00 AM Sundogs finalize roster before Friday's opener Goalie Brown, forward Ryd won't return in 2013-14
Sundogs players gather near the bench to listen to head coach Kevin Colley on Oct. 8 during the second day of training camp at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
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Goalie David Brown, who played with the Sundogs last year and worked out this past Monday at training camp in Prescott Valley, won't be on the team's 2013-14 roster.
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Training camp for the Arizona Sundogs ended on Tuesday, and the Prescott Valley-based Central Hockey League franchise wasted no time announcing its roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
On Wednesday, first-year Sundogs coach Kevin Colley announced that the team had waived five players from its camp roster, including goalie David Brown and forward Johan Ryd, both of whom were members of the 2012-13 squad.
Alex Tuckerman, Obi Aduba and Jordan Peddle were also cut.
As a result, the Sundogs will have only four players returning from last season's club that qualified for the CHL playoffs with a 32-27-7 record after finishing in seventh place in the 10-team Berry Conference.
Those returnees include captain Jason Morgan, forward Kevin Baker, defenseman Matt McCready and forward Sebastian Geoffrion, who came on at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Geoffrion is a University of Alabama-Huntsville product that saw action in nine contests for Arizona, registering four goals and two assists (6 points).
The Sundogs will open the campaign on Friday at the expansion Brampton Beast of Ontario, Canada, with 18 players. Five of them are seasoned veterans, while seven of them are developmental players.
"It was a long day and an even longer week of training camp," Colley said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon. "We've had to make a lot of hard decisions, but at the end of the day I feel like we've put together a very strong team."
Arizona also signed two other players that will join the team in Brampton on opening night, including goalie Andrew Engelage and forward Paul Mcilveen.
Engelage, who replaces Brown on the roster, finished the 2012-13 season with the Utah Grizzlies of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) - the team that Colley formerly coached.
Last season with the Grizzlies, Engelage notched a 2.83 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in 17 games. During his four-year career, he has compiled a 64-51-9 record in 124 games.
Mcilveen, who played for the Grizzlies from 2010-12 until he suffered a season-ending injury nine games into the 2012-13 campaign, had his most productive season in 2011-12. That winter, he tallied a career high 30 goals and 37 assists (67 points) in 62 games.
Last season, Mcilveen had five goals and three assists in those nine games prior to the injury.