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Sound Tigers Announce Season-Opening Roster

Courtesy: SoundTigers.com
          Release: 10/05/2017
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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced today the team's season-opening roster for its 17th campaign in the American Hockey League. The roster is comprised of 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders as Bridgeport opens the season this Saturday against the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Of the 26 players on the initial roster, 18 have previously worn the Sound Tigers sweater in at least one regular season game. The roster also includes 18 players on an NHL contract with the New York Islanders, including two former first-round draft picks. Forward Michael Dal Colle was selected fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, while forward Steve Bernier was taken 16th overall in 2003.

Among the seven rookies, defenseman Parker Wotherspoon, 20, is the youngest player on the squad (Aug. 24, 1997). Sebastian Aho, Scott Eansor, Matt Gaudreau, Kyle Schempp, John Stevens and Mitchell Vande Sompel make up the other six AHL rookies. The Sound Tigers season-opening roster also contains five veterans: Bernier, Ryan Bourque, Stephen Gionta, Ben Holmstrom and Seth Helgeson. The average age of the club is 25-years-old. 

Furthermore, the roster features 3,086 games of AHL experience and 1,012 games of NHL experience (10 players). Twelve players were born in the United States, 11 are from Canada, one is from Sweden (Aho), one is from Latvia (Kristers Gudlevskis) and one is from Finland (Christopher Gibson).

Bridgeport's season-opening roster is listed below, numerically by position.

Forwards (15)

10  Ryan Bourque

11  Tanner Fritz*

12  Josh Holmstrom

15  Stephen Gionta*

16  Kyle Schempp*

17  Michael Dal Colle*

18  John Stevens*

20  Scott Eansor

21  Ben Holmstrom

24  Travis St. Denis

25  Casey Bailey

29  Connor Jones*

32  Ross Johnston*

37  Steve Bernier*

40  Matt Gaudreau

Defensemen (8)

2  Seth Helgeson*

3  Patrick Cullity

4  Mitchell Vande Sompel*

7  Devon Toews*

8  Kyle Burroughs*

14  Kane Lafranchise*

27  Parker Wotherspoon*

38  Sebastian Aho*

Goaltenders (3)

33  Christopher Gibson*

34  Eamon McAdam*

70  Kristers Gudlevskis*

* = Denotes players on an NHL deal

Season Opener: The Sound Tigers begin their 17th season in the American Hockey League on the road this Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop against the Binghamton Devils at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Fans can follow all of the live action via AHL Live or the Sound Tigers Radio Network, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.

Hottest Tickets in Town: The Sound Tigers will boast one of their most extensive and exciting promotional lineups in team history this season. This year's calendar will feature the return of Star Wars Night (Dec. 2), meet-and-greets with the Justice League (Nov. 11) and Marvel (Jan. 27) superheroes, and all-new promotions like a camouflage baseball cap (Jan. 13) and a kid's lunch box giveaway (Feb. 11). The promotional lineup kicks off with Opening Night on Oct. 21, featuring a Sound Tigers backpack giveaway to the first 3,000 kids courtesy of All Electric Construction and Communication. Click here to tickets.

Guarantee Your SeatsSeason tickets and flex plans are on sale now for the 2017-18 campaign, offering the greatest savings and ultimate flexibility of all ticket packages. Pick between a full-season, 20-game, 15-game or 10-game plan and you'll also be entitled to exclusive benefits, including the ticket holder exchange policy, which means any unused tickets can be traded for future games. Seating options are broken down into six different pricing sections, giving you the flexibility to fit Sound Tigers' hockey into any kind of budget. Please contact Brad Dworin at 203-345-4813 or via brad.dworin@harboryardse.com with questions or to guarantee your seats.

About the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Founded in 2001, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey Club is the top minor league affiliate of the New York Islanders. Don't miss your chance to take part in the family fun that occurs during home games at Webster Bank Arena. For further information on ticket or sponsorship opportunities, call our office at (203) 345-2300 or e-mail info@soundtigers.com. For more team information, log on to soundtigers.com.

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