The Southern Professional League (SPHL) Huntsville Havoc have signed former Vernon Vipers goaltender Tyler Steel.
Steel left Brown University after three years. Steel attended the Vipers 2008 Spring Camp, 2009 Training Camp & 2010 Training Camp, before being released after playing in a few Exhibition games in 2010. Steel signed and played with the Merritt Centennials to start the 2010-11 BCHL regular season.
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Havoc Sign Two with Team Losing Jeremy Beirnes to Start the Season
August 23, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, AL- The Havoc and head coach Glenn Detulleo announced today the return of forward John McGinnis and the signing of rookie goaltender Tyler Steel while losing Jeremy Beirnes to off-season injury.
“John had a solid rookie campaign and we look for him to continue his development,” said coach Detulleo on the returning forward. “His speed and puck protection skills will allow him to make an impact for us on a nightly basis.”
McGinnis was one of four players to take the ice for all 56 games and finished the regular season second on the team in scoring with 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points. The Cocoa, FL. native tallied three game winners last year for the Havoc. Prior to his rookie season, McGinnis registered 113 points in 103 games during his four-year collegiate career with Bowdoin College.
“Tyler is big and athletic with a very strong work ethic, said coach Detulleo on the rookie goaltender. “He plays the puck very well, which can help our D a ton. We expect him to come here in October and compete for a spot on our opening roster.”
Steel spent the last three seasons at Brown University making 1072 saves in 43 starts. Prior to his collegiate career, the Vernon, B.C. native was given the Unsung Hero Award during the 2011-12 season for the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Steel received the recognition after registering a 36-18-2 record with a 2.55 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
“I am extremely excited to play for the Huntsville Havoc this upcoming season,” said Steel. “I've heard nothing but great things about the organization as a whole including the community, the coaching staff, and the players. I am thrilled to begin my professional career and to call Huntsville home for the 2016-17 season.”
Coach Detulleo also announced today forward Jeremy Beirnes will miss much of the upcoming season due to a lower body injury.
“It was definitely tough to hear that Jeremy suffered a potential season ending injury,” said Detulleo. “He’s a big part of the Havoc family and his presence on the ice and in the room will be greatly missed. With his tireless work ethic and positive outlook on things, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him find a way back on our roster before the season ends.”
Beirnes signed a tryout agreement with the Havoc this past June after coming off his rookie year with seven goals and two assists. The Edson, A.B. native, registered a league leading 275 penalty minutes.
“This last week has brought some news that every hockey player hates to hear,” said Beirnes. “Sometimes in life people are faced with adversity and I just have to stay positive throughout my recovery. I plan to work hard and recover as fast as possible in hopes of playing of getting back into the lineup. To the fans, I thank you all for your support.”