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(DANBURY, CT) – The Danbury Mad Hatters of the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL) have announced the signings of defenseman Shawn Breaker and forward Erik Kent. As per club policy, the terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Shawn Breaker is a 25 year old defenseman from Strathmore, Alberta. Shawn’s only professional season was in 2004-05 and was split between Huntsville and Winston-Salem in the SPHL. He racked up 2 goals, 16 assists, and only 17 penalty minutes in 51 games. After his first professional season, Shawn decided to return to school in Alberta. He played 2 seasons at Grant MacEwan College, playing in 40 games with 4 goals and 24 assists.
General Manager of Hockey Operations Brendan Tedstone said of Breaker, “Shawn came to me from a high recommendation. He’s a stay at home defenseman that is very smart in his own zone. He's excited to join our back liners and start working towards a championship. His past experience in the SPHL should help bring a few rookies along throughout the season.”
Also joining the Mad Hatters fold is forward Erik Kent. Kent is a 26 year old native of Newburyport, MA. Kent has played a total of 5 professional games over the last two seasons: 2 with Huntsville of the SPHL, and 3 with Jamestown of the MAHL. In those 5 games, Erik has scored 6 goals and added 6 assists with 9 penalty minutes. Before his professional career, he played 4 seasons for the University of Southern Maine. In 102 games, Erik notched 42 goals and 37 assists, each season eclipsing his previous seasons goal and point totals, with 150 penalty minutes.
“Erik is a guy that will put the puck in the net, pure and simple,” Tedstone said. “I expect he'll be a first liner and get his points this year. He's the type of player I'd like to model my whole team after. He is great in open ice and loves the corners. He's excited to come to camp in October.”
The Mad Hatters are also still accepting players for open tryouts for this season. Please visit www.madhattershockey.com for more information.
The Mad Hatters have also set a date for the release of the schedule for their 2008-2009 inaugural campaign. Team and league officials have slated July 31 as the date for the release of the Mad Hatters’ schedule. As soon as the schedule is released, fans will have the ability to view it online at the team’s website. Individual tickets will go on sale approximately 1 week after the schedule is released.
Opening night for the Danbury Mad Hatters is November 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The Mad Hatters are scheduled to begin training camp on October 22, and will play 50 games in their first season.
Two more players signed to the team. Shawn Breaker (good name for a defenseman) sounds like a good stay at home defenseman who is defense first and is a young guy that maybe could learn a thing or two on the offensive side of the puck to boost his stats up. Hopefully his last name reflects his style of play.
Erik Kent (Blue guy in picture) sounds like the kind of guy who will be in the box score every night. I mean 12 points in 5 games is nothing to shake a stick at on any hockey level. The Hatters will need guys to put the puck in the net. Kent definitely sounds like a guy who will be doing it alot.
Tomorrow I will break the schedule down a bit and see where the Hatters will be going and the format of the schedule for this new league. I am excited as hell for November 1st to roll around.
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