The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced this morning that they have trimmed their roster by three having re-assigned goaltender and Lethbridge native, Jonny Hogue and 16-year-old defenseman Connor Rokosh. As well, the club has released forward Reid Nemeth.
Hogue, who was the incumbent from the end of last season, played well during training camp but the acquisition of goalie Zac Robidoux and the fine play of Stuart Skinner put Hogue in the back seat despite showing well.
Rokosh, while being re-assigned, will be a stud defenseman in this league in the very near future. However, with only having the ability to carry three 16-year-olds and Skinner and forward Jaeger White having great camps it made it difficult to have Rokosh stay. Especially considering the other ’98, forward Ryan Vandervlis has played very well thus far proving he can be a reliable penalty killer and a good fourth line centre with a knack at winning important faceoffs.
Reid Nemeth, while not playing bad, seems to have been the odd man out in the forward group – especially when you consider that once Riley Sheen, Giorgio Estephan and Steven Alldridge come back from injury, Nemeth wouldn’t really fit into the top-12 forwards with the likes of Duke, Watson, Wong, the two Russians, White and Folk.
As for now, the Hurricanes seem to have a solid, and might I add, large tandem in net. With a total of 28 players on their current roster including the two goalies, nine defenseman and 17 forwards.
Hurricanes press release:
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes trimmed their roster by three on Saturday by reassigning Connor Rokosh, Johnny Hogue and releasing Reid Nemeth.
Rokosh, a 6’5, 205 pound defenceman was the Hurricanes 4th round (74th overall) pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The Edmonton native has been reassigned to SSAC in the Midget AAA Hockey League.
Lethbridge native Jonny Hogue who was drafted by the Hurricanes in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft has been reassigned. He rejoined the hockey club midway through last season and posted his first career WHL win January 29th after making 41 saves in a 3-2 win over Prince Albert.
Reid Nemeth, also selected in the 2011 Bantam Draft has been released by the hockey club. The 18-year old had 5 points (3G, 2A) and 9 PIM’s in 58 games last season.
With these moves, the Hurricanes roster is now down to 28 with 2 goalies, 9 defencemen and 17 forwards