October 13, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Huntsville Havoc
HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Huntsville Havoc announced today that forwards Danny Smith and Shawn Bates joined the team's training camp in advance of the first exhibition game on Friday, Oct. 13.
Smith (5-11, 185) is coming off a four-year NCAA career with the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, leading the team to three consecutive Atlantic Hockey Association championships. He played in 135 games for the Tigers from 2013-2017, scoring 20 goals and recording 28 assists.
"Danny is a first-year player who comes to us after a solid collegiate career," said Jesse Kallechy, Havoc assistant coach and director of hockey operations. "He brings a good skill set to the table and we can't wait to see him compete for a roster spot."
The Edmonton, Alberta native also played 176 career games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League as a member of the Sherwood Park Crusaders, where he was named to the all-star team, scoring 62 goals and recording 76 assists.
"I'm excited about the chance to play here," said Smith. "I have talked with some guys who played in Huntsville in the past and they all said the ownership, coaches and especially the fans are very supportive. Those factors made me want to come be a part of this team."
Bates (5-9, 170) joins the Havoc after a year in the East Coast Hockey League with the Tulsa Oilers. The Vermilion, Alberta, native logged 60 games for Tulsa last season, scoring 18 goals and recording 15 assists. Before that, he spent two seasons with the Columbus Cottonmouths in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
" Adding a player with the resume and pedigree of Shawn is an exciting thing," said Kallechy. "We expect him to be an impact player, using his speed and skill to overwhelm defenders. He spent a significant amount of time at the next level and will be a great example for our younger players."
Bates also played in 104 games for Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts over four years, scoring 19 goals and recording 27 assists.
"When I came here with Columbus, we all noticed the level of support the team and the fans give to the players," said Bates. "I knew that if I ever made it back to the SPHL, this was the team I wanted to play for and I'm willing to do everything I can to help the Havoc succeed."
The full roster for the Huntsville Havoc can be found here.
Training camp practices are open to the public, but there is only one opportunity to catch a Havoc preseason game in Huntsville. The team faces the Mississippi RiverKings at the Von Braun Center arena on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The teams face-off for a second exhibition game in Southaven, Mississippi, on Oct. 15.
The Havoc start the regular season on the road in Georgia taking on defending SPHL President's Cup champions, the Macon Mayhem. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Huntsville Havoc will host a "Meet the Team" party, featuring free food and drinks and a chance for fans to meet the players before picking up season ticket books. Huntsville plays two additional games on the road before starting the home campaign Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. against the Fayetteville Marksmen.
Single-game tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com or at the Von Braun Center box office.