Monsters Opening Night Roster

Following last week's training camp practices and two preseason games over the weekend, the Monsters announced their official roster on Monday. Eight players were released, leaving the opening night roster set at 28. The team will begin its sixth season in Cleveland this Friday, October 12th against the Oklahoma City Barons at Quicken Loans Arena (7:30 p.m.).

To view the complete roster is Click Here

Some notes on the roster include:

  • 17 of the 28 players spent time with the Monsters at some point last season

  • Of those, Patrick Bordeleau has been with the team the longest; 2012-13 will be his fourth season with the Monsters

  • Six of those 17 played in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche last season (Connolly, van der Gulik, Barrie, Olver, Malone, Elliott)

  • Newcomer Bill Thomas also played in the NHL with the Florida Panthers

  • Four players spent last season with other AHL teams (G. Walker – WBS; Lerg – WBS; Thomas – SA; Sullivan – WOR/SA)

  • Four players were in the lower minor leagues last season (Goers – Las Vegas/ECHL; Wilson – Allen/CHL; Strong – Kalamazoo/ECHL; Tassone – Ontario/ECHL)

  • Four players were in juniors last season (Agozzino – Niagara/OHL; Pickard – Seattle/WHL; Sgarbossa – Sudbury/OHL; Heard – Plymouth/OHL)

  • Two players spent last season competing overseas (Pock – Sweden; Aittokallio – Finland)

  • Three players were in college last season (Stollery – Merrimack; MacQueen – Bemidji; Carey – Boston College), all of whom played for the Monsters at the end of last season when they finished their collegiate schedule

  • There are 21 Canadian-born players, five US-born, one from Finland (Aittokallio) and one from Austria (Pock)


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