The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins have announced that three local hockey products have committed to play for them next season.
Forward Mason Strutt and defencemen Kersey Reich and Alex von Sprecken all played for Estevan Minor Hockey Association teams before venturing off to play midget AAA.
Strutt spent the last three seasons with the Swift Current Legionnaires midget AAA program. He tied for the team lead in scoring last season with 23 goals and 55 points in 41 regular season games, and added two goals in three postseason games.
“Strutt is a dynamic, excellent skating offensive forward who is a very good teammate and individual, so he will evolve into a very good 200-foot player and be a high production guy,” said Bruins head coach-GM Chris Lewgood.
Reich also spent the past three seasons with the Legionnaires. Last season he recorded five goals and 32 points in 44 games, and added a goal and an assist in three playoff games.
“He’s an offensive minded defenceman, and he’s also very responsible defensively,” said Lewgood. “He shoots the puck very well and he’ll eventually be a power play type defenceman.”
Reich’s brother Taylor was a forward with the Bruins from 2011-2013.
Von Sprecken still has a year of midget AAA eligibility remaining. He had four goals and 17 points in 39 games with the Prince Albert Mintos midget AAA program last season, and added a goal and an assist in four playoff games.
“Von Sprecken’s a little bit of everything,” said Lewgood. “He’s gritty, he’s intense, he’s physical, but he has a good touch with the puck and a strong level of talent as well.”
He has also played five games for the Bruins as a midget AAA callup.
All three are players the club has been watching for years, and Lewgood has looked forward to getting them into the organization.
No other commitments were immediately announced by the club, but Lewgood said they do have some other players they are talking to.