The American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers have loaned
former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Juha to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Missouri Mavericks.
Juha played four years at Penn State University before signing a Amateur Tryout contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers March 24th 2016 before agreeing to terms on one-year American Hockey League contract with the Sound Tigers July 5th 2016. Juha has never played a game with Bridgeport, has played in 43 games with the Mavericks this season, picking up (1-goal-12-assists-13-points). Last season Juha was up for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, was also one of nine Canadian Junior Hockey League alumni who were selected out of the twenty candidates for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey.
Juha played one season in Vernon (2011-12). Juha played in just ten games picking up two assists, missed most of the season due to two long term injuries. The Vipers acquired Juha from the OJHL Burlington Cougars on June 27th 2011 for future considerations.
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This was in the Missouri Examiner Newspaper:
Mavericks set final roster for opening weekend
Oct 14, 2016
By Bill Althaus
John-Scott Dickson could finally sit back in the chair behind the desk in his office inside the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and take a deep sigh of relief.
He and the Missouri Mavericks front office have put together the final roster for the ECHL team that will open the season with games this Saturday and Sunday at Allen, Texas, against the two-time defending ECHL champion Americans.
“It’s done, we have a roster,” said Dickson, the first-year head coach who served as an assistant coach the past two seasons. “I really like this team, like this roster. We put them through a tough couple of hours out on the ice this morning. We had a scrimmage game, worked on the power play and penalty kill. We had most of the guys who will be with us this season, and it was nice to get them all out on the ice together.”
The lone exception was Tyler Elbrecht, a defenseman from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. He joins the team following a late trade for future considerations.
“He’s a nice addition to our defense,” Dickson said. “He’s a shutdown guy who will have a presence out on the ice. He might get into 10 or 12 fights a year – a tough player, but a guy who can skate and really play defense.”
Like Dickson, general manager Brent Thiessen is also happy with the team the Mavericks are sending to Allen to start the season.
“We are very happy with our roster,” Thiessen said. “There is a good mix of youth and experience in our goaltenders, defensemen and forwards. We expect this group to have a lot of success.”
Highlighting the season opening roster are seven returnees from the record-setting 2015-16
They are Bryce Aneloski, Andrew Courtney, Rocco Carzo, Jesse Graham, Darren Nowick, Josh Robinson and Reed Seckel. They are joined by 16 newcomers who have already made an impact on the first-year coach.
“I’m really happy with the way our team has come together,” Dickson said. “It was a unique training camp this year, but now that everyone is here we are gelling as a team and excited to start the season.”
The opening roster includes goalies Josh Robinson and Eamon McAdam; forwards Shawn Pauley, Andrew Courtney, Rocco Corzo, Dan Correale, Darren Nowick, Sam Povorzniouk, Justin Selman, Lukas Lofquist, Radoslav Illo, Reed Seckel, Aaron Berisha and Dane Fox; and defensemen Bryce Aneloski, Jesse Graham, Samuel Noreau, Ryan Obuchowski, Dmitrii Sergeev, Gus Young, Luke Juha and Tyler Elbrecht.
The new players came to the team by several means from the NHL affiliates, the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues and their American Hockey League affiliates.
The Islanders assigned Graham and McAdam to the Mavericks from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bridgeport loaned Berisha, Lofquist, Juha and Obuchowski to the Mavericks.
The Blues assigned Selman and Sergeev to the Mavericks from Chicago, and the AHL’s Wolves loaned Povorozniouk and Young.