Familiar faces return for another season
Jacks make more moves at both ends of the ice
The Odessa Jackalopes announced on Monday that forward, Brian Swiniarski, and defenseman, Josh Chase, will return for the upcoming 2008-2009 Central Hockey League season.
Brian Swiniarski will suit up for his third straight year in Odessa next season. Last year, Swiniarski scored 12 goals offensively for the Jacks and added 12 assists as well while appearing in all 64 games in 2007-2008. In his two year career with the Jacks, the Newburyport, Massachusetts native has scored 52 points overall (26 goals, 26 assists).
"We want to be more of a physical team this year and (Swiniarski) is someone who finishes every check," said Jacks Head Coach Paul Gillis. "He works hard, he loves to get in there, and I'm glad to have him back."
Swiniarski's professional career began with the Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League, where he appeared in 12 games from 2005-2007. He was also a four-year player at Northeastern University prior to turning pro.
Josh Chase completed his first season with the Jackalopes franchise last year scoring four goals and 20 assists in 42 games. After playing at Bentley College for four years, Chase began his professional career in 2006 with the Danbury Trashers of the United Hockey League by appearing in two playoff games. In 2006-2007, he appeared in 62 games for the Muskegon Fury, also of the UHL, before coming to Odessa last season.
"Chase was great for last year on the blue line," said Gillis, "I'm looking forward to using his speed and having him jump into the play more offensively."
Both Swiniarski and Chase appeared in all seven of the Jackalopes' playoff games last season. Swiniarski had two assists, while Chase notched a goal and an assist.