Press Release - Odessa Jackalopes
The Odessa Jackalopes announced today that defenseman Russ Moyer and forward Corey Rutt will join the team for the upcoming 2008-2009 Central Hockey League season.
Moyer becomes to third player this offseason to join the Jackalopes after spending last season with the IHL's Muskegon Fury. Philippe Plante and Dave Van Drunen (DROO-nin) are the other two.
"He's a fine, young player who played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League, and I've heard great things about him," said Jacks head coach Paul Gillis. "He has a high skill level. He's a gritty player, a feisty player with lots of energy."
Moyer began his professional career last season, appearing in 50 games for the Fury and scoring 20 points (six goals, 14 assists). The North Bay, Ontario native was also called up to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins for two games during last season as well.
"I expect him to be a top four defenseman on our team this year," added Gillis.
Before turning pro, Moyer played four years of hockey at Acadia University, scoring 12 goals and adding 36 assists in 109 career games. From 1999-2003, Moyer played junior hockey for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. In 231 games, the defenseman scored 92 points (19 goals, 73 assists).
Rutt had a brief stint in Odessa last season appearing in eight games for the Jacks. The Edmonton, Alberta native also played with the Tulsa Oilers and Austin Ice Bats of the CHL last season, plus he appeared in 56 games for the Lubbock Cotton Kings (CHL) in 2006-2007 scoring seven goals and seven assists.
"We're excited to him back this year," said Jacks assistant coach Matt Cressman. "We like his style of play. We like his aggression, and he finishes his checks which we want in our players."
After leaving Odessa last season, Rutt moved on to the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League. He scored 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 28 regular season games, then added six more points (two goals, four assists) in eight playoff games en route to a league championship with Knoxville.
"I'm excited to be coming back," said Rutt, "I had a chance to play (in Odessa) last season for a little bit, and enjoyed it. I'm excited to get back and get to work."