September 29, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Pensacola Ice Flyers
PENSACOLA, Fla. The Pensacola Ice Flyers have acquired the playing rights of 2016-17 SPHL MVP and Goaltender of the Year Sean Bonar from the Fayetteville Marksmen in exchange for the playing rights of forward Massimo Lamacchia and defenseman Brad Bourke.
"It is quite exciting that I would get to be a part of such a storied organization with a winning tradition," Bonar commented.
"We are extremely excited to acquire a player of Sean Bonar's stature," Head Coach Jeff Bes stated. "He is arguably the hardest working hockey player I have come across in all my years in pro hockey."
Bonar, a 6\'1", 174-lb fourth-year pro, comes from Delta, British Columbia and is coming off a career year in the SPHL. He was named the SPHL MVP and Goaltender of the Year. Bonar had a 2.07 goals against average and .927 save percentage. He led all goalies in games played, wins, shutouts and save percentage, while finishing .01 away from a tie for best goals against average.
A member of the Fayetteville Marksmen (formerly Fayetteville FireAntz) for the past three seasons, Bonar played the last two seasons under current Ice Flyers' Head Coach Jeff Bes. "It is great to get to work with Coach Bes again as we have put up wins before and plan on doing the same in Pensacola," Bonar added.
Prior to his professional career, he attended Princeton University in NCAA Division I where he played in 63 games with a 3.15 goals against average and a .899 save percentage.
"Sean\'s character and leadership is an invaluable asset as we look forward to the season," Bes concluded. "I was fortunate to watch his work ethic the past two seasons, and I can say that every day he strives to get better while making everyone around him better."
"I am looking forward to this new chapter as I have been on the opposing side of the Pensacola fans who I have witnessed first hand show tremendous support for their team," Bonar said. "It will be great being on the other side now and playing for them. Another championship for the organization and the community is the goal and expectation, and I cannot wait to get started in that quest."
Bonar finished off by saying, "I am very appreciative of the Fayetteville organization and fans, and I want to say thank you to all of them."
Bourke was acquired by the Ice Flyers in January 2017 from the Evansville Thunderbolts, while Lamacchia was picked up in a deal with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at the trade deadline in February 2017. The Pensacola Ice Flyers would like to thank both players for their time on the gulf coast representing the team and the community, and wish them luck in the season ahead.
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Ice Flyers Acquire SPHL MVP and Goalie of the Year Sean Bonar