Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BKN Aviators ~ Season Opens Thursday


BROOKLYN AVIATORS:  Cleared For Take-Off!  Time to Drop the Puck.

The Brooklyn Aviators were involved in another trade.  On October 24th, the League announced Brooklyn center John Goffredo was part of a three team trade that ultimately landed Goffredo in New Jersey with the expansion Outlaws.  The trade reunites John Goffredo with former Aviator team mate; Matthew Puntureri; who was traded to the Outlaws over the summer.  John Goffredo was originally dealt to the Danbury Whalers for right-winger Anthony Monte.  Danbury then turned and traded Goffredo to New Jersey completing the three team deal.

Anthony Monte will join another off-season acquisition, Chris Ferazzoli.  Chris Ferazzoli played in the SPHL last season.  The thirty-one year old last appeared at Hangar Five in 2009-2010 when he visited with the N.J. Rock Hoppers who played the then Brooklyn Aces of the old ECHL circuit.

Final rosters were due to be submitted to the League this afternoon.  Team rosters are limited to eighteen dressed players with two additional inactive players.  The Aviators last day cuts were as follows:

C - Michael Guera
C - Joseph Harcharik
G - Jeremy Dupont
G - Michael Younes
LW - Anthony Longo

The face of the Aviators is taking on a very different look heading into this season.  Local favorite and Staten Islander; Anthony Longo; makes another very popular player from last season who will not be on this year's Opening Day roster.  His release comes in addition to the fore-mentioned trades of Matthew Puntureri and John Goffredo.  Additionally, last season's League stand-out goalie Kevin Druce also will not be returning.

One more player's appearance will merely be delayed in a manner of speaking.  Returning right winger, Michael Thompson won't be ready right away.  Coach Miller suspended the forward for twenty games.  What ever the case may be, that must have been no small infraction to warrant twenty games.

Coach Miller went down south in search of much needed defensemen.  He came back with a pair; James Rettig and Brian Dunford.  They will join returnees, Jarrett Rush and KC Timmons, along with acquired Nicholas Kuqali on the blue line.

The second Federal Hockey League season kicks off tomorrow when the Brooklyn Aviators and the defending champion Akwesasne Warriors square off from Maine.  The A's will then play Cape Cod before coming back to Brooklyn for their home ice opener this Saturday against the New Jersey Outlaws.

Federal Hockey League


Akwesasne Warriors

Lewiston, Maine


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