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Marksmen3519

2018-19 Mayhem Player Signings\Trades\Pre-Season Roster

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Green - Re-Signed

Red - Not Returning\Attending other Training Camp

Orange - Traded

Blue - Vet*

*By SPHL definition, Vets are players who have 224 or more professional games played. Each team is allowed up to 3 vets on their roster. All 3 vets have to have a combined total of less than 900 games played.

 

Protected List

DChris Joseph

DZach Urban

DJeff Sanders

DJarrett Kup

D\FDaniel Gentzler

FCaleb Cameron

FDylan Vander Esch

FKevin Irwin

FJohn Siemer

FStathis Soumelidis

FChris Izmirlian

FDakota Klecha

FJake Trask

 

 

Unprotected Players

G, Charlie Finn

G, Peter Di Salvo

G, Greg Dodds

G, Max Milosek - Signed TOA with Huntsville (SPHL)

DBrandon Pfeil - Selected in Expansion Draft by QC

DDaniel Echeverri

DBrandon Parrone

DJake Faiellia

DEric Shand

DVinny Muto

DLarry Smith

FDylan Denomme- Selected in Expansion Draft by QC

FIan Eckland

FSeth Ronsberg

FDennis Sicard

FJimmy Soper

FStephen Pierog

 

New Players

G, Jordan Ruby - Brest (France2)\Former SPHL Teams : HUN (15-16)\MAC (16-17)

D, Richard Coyne - Former SPHL Team MRK (15-18)

G, Gordon Defiel - Former SPHL Team : PEN (17-18)

 

2018-19 Mayhem Training Camp

Goalies 

       Jordan Ruby

       Gordon Defiel

Defensemen

# 2 Larry Smith (R)

      Richard Coyne

#6 Zach Urban

Forwards

#17 John Siemer

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MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem and Director of Hockey Operations Leo Thomas announced the first player signing of the off-season on Tuesday, as the team announced the return of goaltender Jordan Ruby, the 2016-17 SPHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player.

“When Rubes and I stated discussing the possibility of coming back to play for us, I knew I had to make sure we got this deal done,” said Thomas. “Jordan was a great leader and obviously, a huge part of our championship team, and we are thrilled to have him back.”

Ruby, 27, comes back to Macon after playing last season in France for the Brest Albatros, where he posted a record of 20-6 with a 2.16 goals against average (GAA) and .907 save percentage (SV%). The Tavistock, Ontario native led the league in GAA, as well as shutouts with four.

“Our original plan for this season was to play over in Europe. We enjoyed our stay in France last season and we wanted to do another year. My goal was to keep climbing the ladder, but I wasn’t getting any offers that suited our situations,” Ruby explained regarding his return to Macon.

 “Around the same time that we had a few offers pending, Leo called me and planted the seed about potentially coming back this year to play for Macon. As soon as I told my wife about the option of going back to the south, it was hard keeping her calm! She was very excited and so I am for this upcoming season.

“My prayer every season is that God opens the doors that need to be open and he closes the doors that need closing,” Ruby continued. “We have peace knowing that this is where God wants us to be this year.”

Prior to his time in France, Ruby spent the 2016-17 season in Macon and was instrumental in the team’s championship run. The 6-1, 195-pound goaltender went 21-6-3 during the 2016-17 regular season with a 2.32 GAA and .925 SV%, and he was even better in the playoffs. He went 6-1, including six consecutive wins, with a 1.38 GAA and .957 SV% on his way to winning the SPHL Playoffs MVP award.

“I’m excited to play for Leo [Thomas] and Ryan [Michel] this season. Leo knows a lot about the game. He’s able to be a good player coach, but he’s also able to drop the hammer on the boys when they need to hear it. He’s young coach with a youthful mindset and that means a fast and exciting gameplay for the fans, as well as a bunch of W’s,” Ruby added.

“Ryan was one of the better defensemen I’ve played with over the years.  That being said, his knowledge and skill as a player will most certainly transition to his coaching ability. He will only help out our team defensively being behind the bench. There is a lot of promise to the team this year and it starts out with the personnel behind the bench.”

Ruby has also spent time professionally in the ECHL, where he has played 22 total games, and with the Huntsville Havoc, where he played 19 games during the 2015-16 season. He was left unprotected by Huntsville after the 2015-16 season and signed with the Mayhem that off-season. Ruby played four years collegiately for Rochester Institute of Technology at the NCAA Division I level.

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MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem bolstered their blue line by signing defensemen Larry Smith and Richard Coyne to training camp agreements, Director of Hockey Operations Leo Thomas announced on Thursday.

Smith, 25, returns to Macon after a short stint with the team at the end of the 2017-18 regular season. After completing his collegiate career at Niagara University late last season, he spent three games with the Pensacola Ice Flyers and four with Macon. The Buffalo, New York native recorded his first career professional point with an assist in the Mayhem’s 4-1 win over the Fayetteville Marksmen on March 31. Smith was not on the Mayhem’s playoff roster, but head coach Leo Thomas was keen on bringing him back.

“We had Smitty for a few games at the end of the season, and every game here, he got better,” Thomas explained. “With his size, skating ability and big shot, he could be a really good asset for our team. I look forward to getting him here in October and seeing him battle at camp.”

After playing four games with Macon, the interest in returning to the team was mutual.

“I had a lot of fun in my short time in Macon. It was a great group of guys in the locker room and I liked the coaching staff a lot,” Smith added. “Leo is a good coach and he’s going to do a great job as the head coach. I can’t wait to get back down there and get back into the swing of things.”

Smith, the 6-3, 210-pound defenseman, finished his four-year NCAA Division I career for the Niagara University Purple Eagles with four goals, 17 assists and 21 points over 98 games. Prior to college, he played his junior career between the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

The Mayhem added another reliable defenseman to the mix with the signing of Coyne, the 26-year-old from Cave Creek, Arizona. Coyne has been with the Mississippi RiverKings since the end of the 2015-16 season, when he played seven games for the team after finishing his collegiate career. Since turning professional, he has one goal and ten assists in 83 SPHL games. Coyne’s first professional stint came with Mississippi while Leo Thomas was finishing out his professional career with the RiverKings, so a level of comfort is already established between the two.

“I spent a few games with Leo at the beginning of my career. He was a great player and a great teammate in my short time with him. It’s going to be a little bit different from playing with him, but I’m excited to pick his brain about the game,” Coyne said on playing for Thomas.

“As soon as I found out about Mississippi and talked to Leo about coming to Macon, I was on board. He’s putting together a really good team, and I’m just ecstatic to be a part of it.”

The 6-1, 215-pound defenseman spent his junior and senior seasons with the College of St. Scholastica at the NCAA Division II level, tallying one goal and five assists in 45 games. Prior to that, he played 16 games over two seasons for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks at the NCAA Division I level. He played all but 16 games of his junior career in the USHL.

“Coyne is an experienced defenseman who plays a hard, physical game,” Thomas stated. “He’s a kid with a lot of potential and who’s ready to take his game to the next level. I expect Coyne to be a leader on the back end and continue to get build on his first couple of seasons.”

 

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I thought a team couldn't resign an unprotected player until after August 1. Is the fact that Smith wasn't on the playoff roster the loophole that allows them to resign him now or did someone screw up?

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35 minutes ago, vicvegas said:

I thought a team couldn't resign an unprotected player until after August 1. Is the fact that Smith wasn't on the playoff roster the loophole that allows them to resign him now or did someone screw up?

I believe it might be because next year he will still be considered a rookie with not that many games played.  Not sure if being left off the playoff roster makes you available to be signed earlier then August 1.  I'm not 100% on that but think its his games played and still being considered a rookie.

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58 minutes ago, vicvegas said:

I thought a team couldn't resign an unprotected player until after August 1. Is the fact that Smith wasn't on the playoff roster the loophole that allows them to resign him now or did someone screw up?

 

19 minutes ago, Greg81102 said:

I believe it might be because next year he will still be considered a rookie with not that many games played.  Not sure if being left off the playoff roster makes you available to be signed earlier then August 1.  I'm not 100% on that but think its his games played and still being considered a rookie.

Spoke with Sin Bin. They said there isn't a "hard count" for rookie status to be lifted, but might be around 20 some games? They also said college kid rookies are allowed to sign before Aug 1st. 

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I posted asking about this on Macons Facebook page and this is the response I recieved 

"Since Larry Smith was released from his contract at the end of the regular season and not on our playoff roster, he was not eligible to be protected. Therefore, he was eligible to sign with the Mayhem before August 1st"

 

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That makes sense, Coyne played for Mississippi so I guess their players are all able to sign anywhere at anytime.  That would make a few more players available to sign earlier.  Such as Riley Spraggs and Mike Economos to name a couple off the top of my head.  I'm guessing players that weren't on playoff rosters but on season ending IR and left off protected lists like Taylor Love and Dennis Sicard probably have to wait until after August 1st.

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